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Migration important to population growth

Published on Sunday, January 12, 2020

Migration important to population growth

RDA Orana 30 January 2020

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Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana director Megan Dixon said the Orana region has huge potential for an expanded population, with migration support and economic development paramount for future growth.

“Migration to Australia’s regional areas has already had a positive effect on employment levels, community growth and economic development,” she said.

“Skilled migration has contributed to rural and regional communities struggling with labour shortage, family drift and changing market demands.”

RDA Orana has conducted extensive research in this area which has shown that attracting migrants to the Orana region has been beneficial in addressing the needs associated with population changes and employment gaps.

“In the past 10 years, the Dubbo region has grown by 1.1 per cent while the Mid-Western region has grown by 1.5 per cent.”

Assuming that population continues to grow at the same rate, it is also predicted* that Dubbo’s population will expand by more than 12,000 people to 65,871 in the next 20 years, while Mudgee would increase by more than 8000 to 33,787 in the same timeframe.

RDA Orana has contributed to this growth through migration schemes, recruitment programs and assisting businesses with employment strategies.

Last year, RDA Orana also became the first in NSW to forge a Designated Area Migration Agreement with the Federal Government, providing a new pathway for employers to access both skilled and semi-skilled migrants in their workforce.

Businesses with a need to fulfil positions in their workforce are urged to discuss their employee needs with RDA Orana.

The organisation’s upcoming Inland Growth Summit on January 30 will also focus on food and water sustainability, which are incredibly important factors in future population growth and development.

Tickets are available at with the program running from 9am to 7pm including networking.

*RDA Orana research based on REMPLAN data

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Author: Kate Schwager

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