As Australia’s major capital cities continue to expand, why are some suburb’s shrinking?

HOME member and Professor of Geography Louise Johnson recently contributed to an article attempting to make sense of disparities in Australia’s capital cities:

Melbourne added 119,000 residents last year, while more than 93,000 extra people made Sydney their home. Each of the capital cities increased in population except for Darwin, and even so the Northern Territory capital lost just 355 residents, official figures show.

Some of the fastest growing areas are on the urban fringes where new housing estates are springing up, such as Melbourne’s Cranbourne East and Sydney’s Riverstone-Marsden Park area.

But in some middle and outer suburbs, populations are edging lower as young adults grow up and move into city centres to study and work, or move further out to buy homes in greenfield developments.

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