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As of 2016, Rockbank and Mount Cottrell, in Melbourne’s west, were home to about 3000 people.
Over the next two decades, the population there is set to explode - a twentyfold increase, based on state government projections.
By 2036, the area is expected to be home to about 65,000 people, equivalent to the current population of Shepparton.
Rockbank is set for a population boom.CREDIT:LUIS ASCUI
Rockbank/Mount Cottrell is one of 29 suburbs statewide the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning predicts will more than double in size between 2016 and 2036.
The growth projections have sparked major concerns by planning experts on whether the areas have infrastructure needed to cope with the population boom.
Many of the areas expected to experience the greatest population growth are on Melbourne’s expanding suburban fringes.
In Melbourne’s west, Melton South, Tarneit, Werribee West, Werribee South, Wyndham Vale and Point Cook South are projected to double in size, along with Hillside, in Melbourne’s north-west.
In Melbourne’s north, such suburbs include Greenvale/Bulla, Craigieburn West, Mickleham/Yuroke, Wollert and Whittlesea, and stretch all the way to Wallan, which lies outside the current metropolitan boundary.
The fastest-growing areas in Melbourne’s south-east are expected to be Cranbourne South, Cranbourne East, Beaconsfield/Officer and Bunyip/Garfield. Cranbourne East more than doubled in population over the past five years, and is projected to do so again by 2036.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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