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Canberra is a divided capital, new figures say

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David McLennan

Commonwealth Avenue bridge.

Commonwealth Avenue bridge. Photo: Graham Tidy

Lake Burley Griffin continues to divide Canberrans, with new figures confirming people are much more likely to stay on the same side when moving house.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has included experimental regional figures for the first time in its annual migration data, published yesterday.

They find that 16,724 Canberrans moved town centres in 2010-11 - but only 6592 were able to bring themselves to cross the lake. The other 10,132 remained safely on the side where they began, be it north or south.

The trend held true for every town centre with the exception of South Canberra, where the allure of North Canberra in particular proved too strong and helped the lake crossers (1033) outnumber those staying south (825).

The data shows that people leaving North Canberra or Gungahlin were most likely to end up in Belconnen, while those in Woden and Weston Creek were most drawn to Tuggeranong.

Belconnen residents seem to return the affections of Gungahlin, as did Tuggeranong residents with Woden.

Overall, Tuggeranong lost the most inter-territory movers, with a net 1328 going to another area in Canberra. North Canberra (158), Woden (180) and Weston Creek (13) also all lost people to other town centres. Gungahlin picked up the most, at 2693, followed by Belconnen at 187 and South Canberra at 154.

About 61 per cent of those heading to Gungahlin were men (1632 to 1061 women).

Women appeared to see more in Belconnen; a net 293 moved there compared with 106 men moving away.

It was the other way around in Weston Creek, where there was a net addition of 59 women and a loss of 72 women.

When looking at individual suburbs, Franklin and Forde (with 1005 and 905 respectively) picked up the most people in inter-territory migration, while Campbell (233), Kambah (201), Calwell (183), Amaroo (165) and Chisholm (164) all lost notable numbers to other suburbs.

There were also a net 3336 people who came to the ACT from elsewhere in 2010-11.

The figures showed 7288 people came from overseas, and 5307 left to go live in another country. Immigrants had a median age of 27.4 and emigrants of 28.9. Both were slightly more likely to be men than women.

The ACT's net 1981 increase in overseas migration was more than Tasmania and the Northern Territory combined.

The territory also recorded its first gains in interstate migration since 2006-07 and just the third in the past decade, adding a net 1355 people from other states.

The figures showed that 19,427 Australians moved to the territory, and 18,072 people left for other states.

Separate figures published by the bureau previously showed a natural increase, or births less deaths, in the territory's population for 2010-11 at 3411.

Yesterday's report also found that south-eastern NSW, which surrounds the ACT, had the highest net outflow of people aged 15-24 in the country, at 1100 people.

There were 120 people who came to Canberra on a humanitarian visa.

13 comments

  • There is a north side to Canberra?????

    Commenter
    Irene
    Date and time
    August 16, 2012, 8:23AM
    • Having lived in Canberra for over 60 years it is no surprise that it is reported that Canberra is divided by lake Burley griffin. Canberra was divided by the Molonglo river as far back as the war years. It was them and us then, and I would go as far to say it is still " Them and us" today there has always been the Southeners and Northeners and will always remain so.

      Commenter
      jonahj
      Location
      Forbes
      Date and time
      August 16, 2012, 8:30AM
      • Its True, Nothing exist south of the lake :)

        Commenter
        Marcus
        Location
        North of the lake
        Date and time
        August 16, 2012, 8:47AM
        • Personally I prefer to stay on the Northside due to the increased crime on the Southside.

          Commenter
          Muzza
          Location
          Canberra
          Date and time
          August 16, 2012, 9:09AM
          • Will you be saying the same thing in a few years time?
            The increased crime on the Southside occurred as the population in the Tuggeranong Valley grew.
            It won't be long before the same happens on the Northside as Gungahlin grows. Watch the crime rate sky rocket in the next few years.

            Commenter
            Scott
            Date and time
            August 16, 2012, 11:13AM
        • I lived in Hawker for several years but moved south of the border to Monash a number of years ago. I have found the people in the south a great deal more intelligent and generally better looking. They have a higher level of education and are far more articulate than those in the north. It's getting to the stage where I'm worried about the people from the north mixing with the people from the south and lowering our standards. I think we should do everything possible to prevent this including stopping boats and setting up detention centres. Possibly we could get the people from the north to wear different coloured shirts, although it's pretty easy to tell them apart. Tuggeranong, the Paris of the south.

          Commenter
          Shenzencowboy
          Location
          Canberra
          Date and time
          August 16, 2012, 9:31AM
          • For once Shenzencowboy you make perfect sence to me.

            Commenter
            Martin Says
            Location
            Canberra
            Date and time
            August 16, 2012, 10:10AM
          • Tuggeranong - the Paris of the south - You mean it's dirty, overcrowded, and full of rude snooty people who don't speak english ?

            Commenter
            Justalocal
            Date and time
            August 16, 2012, 10:59AM
          • Shenzencowboy it is always going to be North Verse South.. But we also think that you guys are a different breed... I think you got a bit mixed up with your comment let me fix it for you!

            I have found the people in the NORTH a great deal more intelligent and generally better looking. They have a higher level of education and are far more articulate than those in the SOUTH. It's getting to the stage where I'm worried about the people from the SOUTH mixing with the people from the NORTH and lowering our standards. I think we should do everything possible to prevent this including stopping boats and setting up detention centres. Possibly we could get the people from the SOUTH to wear different coloured shirts, although it's pretty easy to tell them apart. Gungahlin, the Paris of the NORTH.:)

            Commenter
            Ally81
            Date and time
            August 16, 2012, 11:12AM
        • It's quite common that a large proportion of people do not move far from where they live in general. It has usually been the case in cities all over the world that the majority of residential moves have been mostly local.

          Commenter
          Jason
          Location
          50 kilometre radius
          Date and time
          August 16, 2012, 10:24AM

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