By Jessica Anstice
The population growth within the Cardinia shire has declined over the past three months, new data reveals.
Cardinia Shire Council’s most recent quarterly performance report states that there were only four families moving into the area per day for the quarter.
However, in the previous quarter, the shire was gaining six families per day.
“Considering it’s sort of from January onwards, I think it’s probably just a bit of a lag effect of the covid-19,” councillor Collin Ross said.
“People have become more cautious about purchasing and moving at the moment.
“Also, it would probably have an effect on people moving into Australia – being in quarantine for 14 days, the amount of immigration would’ve slowed significantly.”
The quarterly performance report shows that the council received 257 residential subdivision lot applications, 46 percent lower than the previous quarter.
Residential building completions are also trending downwards, with 248 residential building completions processed this quarter compared to 421 in the previous quarter.
“It will be interesting to see how the statistics come through over next six months,” Cr Ross added.
“This is the first time, other than little reasons that weren’t major, in my whole 12 years on council I’ve ever known it to slow down like this.
“Nevertheless, we will still be a destination of choice for affordable living because we have so much diversity in high and low purchasing of housing.”