Misleading report

Kara Vickery

The latest population forecasts paint an inaccurate picture of the Goldfields-Esperance region, community leaders claim.

Released last week, the Western Australia Tomorrow report predicts the population of the region to increase to 62,300 by 2026.

However, this is a revised down estimate from the 64,400 predicted by the previous report, released in 2006. Trends in fertility, mortality and migration were used to prepare the forecasts, but it is understood other factors, such as fly-in, fly-out workers and future resources projects, fell outside of the scope of the report.

The report stipulates it should not be used in isolation, but City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mayor Ron Yuryevich said he was concerned Government departments would rely on the misleading report.

“Various departments base spending and projects on this document,” Mr Yuryevich said.

“If you don’t take into account fly-in, fly-out and mining projects, what is the document worth?”