24 February 2016
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Leading Australian futurist and demographer Bernard Salt has identified Robina and Varsity Lakes as the principal population growth, infrastructure and employment hub for Gold Coast City’s future, based on demographic modelling and data projections to the year 2050.
While Gold Coast City’s population is expected to double to 1.2 million by 2050, Mr Salt says much of the phenomenal growth will concentrate around the geographic heart of the city – primarily the area centred on Robina/Varsity.
He says the Gold Coast’s ‘linear’ form will result in more infill development in response to the city’s growing population – meaning that existing urban centres like Robina/Varsity will need to upscale in density to meet demand.
His projections, revealed today at a business breakfast at Bond University, show a total of 561,000 new residents will call Gold Coast City home by 2050, creating a need for an additional 230,000 dwellings.
“As the city grows, only about a third of Gold Coast City’s future population is expected to live outside the current urban footprint, and the balance – an additional 370,000 people – will be accommodated by infill development,” he said.