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    Milton tipped to defy population decline
    27 October 2005
    By JOSEPH BEAUMONT

    Only one of the Clutha district's 12 towns is expected to buck the trend and increase its population during the coming decade, according to a report prepared for the Clutha District Council's long-term council community plan.

    The growth assumptions report – required for the long-term plan – estimates the population of all towns will decline except Milton, which could expect an extra 933 residents in the next 10 years.

    The new prison and other industrial ventures in the pipeline account for the rise, up from 1917 residents in the 2001 census.

    The report, prepared by planning and environment manager Murray Brass, predicts Clutha's official population will drop from 17,172 at the last census to 17,000 by the year 2016. The biggest losses are expected in Balclutha (down 227) and Kaitangata (down 69), and the smallest in Lawrence (down 4) and Kaka Point and Owaka (both down 6).

    Mr Brass said it was important to note the report was about assumptions, not desires.

    "Obviously we would all like to see economic and population growth across the entire district.

    "However, that is not realistic and for the purposes of the long-term plan council must use assumptions that are credible and realistic," he said.

    Clutha had lost 1041 people, a drop of 6 percent, between 1991 and 2001 and Statistics New Zealand predicted the decline would continue at a similar rate, he said.

    The report will be presented at today's full council meeting.

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