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Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale is the fastest growing local government in Australia

With a population increase of 51 per cent from the 2011 results, the Shire was home to 27,000 people in 2016.  

28 June 2017
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The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale continues to be the fastest growing local government in Australia, according to the latest 2016 Census data released yesterday.

With a population increase of 51 per cent from the 2011 results, the Shire was home to 27,000 people in 2016.

Shire President Cr John Erren said, ‘We are excited that the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale continues to be a sought after destination for residents to live, play and work.’

Only 45 minutes from Perth and where the City meets the forest, we have been actively planning for our future since the release of the Census results in 2011, when we were also named the fastest growing local government in Australia.

The Shire recently undertook the SJ2050 Vision process and participatory budgeting with our community to find out what our residents aspirations were, as well as the projects and services valued. These outcomes have provided the Shire with a clear direction for the future.

The Shire continues to lobby the State and Federal Governments to secure transport, recreation and employment infrastructure opportunities, which includes the extension of the Tonkin Highway and the realignment of the Freight Rail. These interconnected transport links, along with the West Mundijong Industrial Park, will provide much needed employment opportunities and ease transport routes in and out of the Shire.

Byford is the largest settlement within Serpentine Jarrahdale and the recent opening of the Coles shopping precinct now means greater shopping choices for Byford locals. Further retail developments will be occurring in Byford including a Dome Café, Aldi, KFC, Woolworths and a small business precinct providing a wider range of services for our residents.

Planning continues for education and training opportunities within the Shire and the Whitby campus of Murdoch University will be taking their first intake of students in semester two this year.

‘We continue to work closely with the State and Federal Governments to ensure that much-needed infrastructure is planned to meet our growing community’s requirements.’ Cr Erren said.

For more information on Census data, visit the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.