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Eastern States workers flock to WA
Eastern States workers flock to WA

WA's mining communities are seeing an influx of people who love their XXXX, rugby league and lattes on Lygon Street.

A breakdown of the 2011 census reveals a big increase in people travelling from the east coast to work in the Pilbara, the Mid West and the Goldfields.

It also reveals that Broome is the State's hotspot for Victorians, with more than 13 per cent of those in WA at census time filling out the form while overlooking Cable Beach.

The census counts people who were in their home, visiting from overseas and from other parts of the country.

Statewide, 92.6 per cent of the 2.3 million people in WA on August 9 last year were in their own home. The population had grown 14.3 per cent since the 2006 census, with a 69 per cent jump in the number of Queenslanders in WA, a 41 per cent lift in those from NSW and a 38 per cent increase in Victorians and South Australians.

The number of Queenslanders in the Port Hedland council area soared 260 per cent. There was also a 334 per cent explosion in the number of Tasmanians in the area.

Across WA, the biggest group of interstate visitors were Victorians, at more than 10,600. Many Victorians counted in Broome last year appeared to be grey nomads. Of the 3600 people aged between 55 and 64 in Broome on census night, almost 2200 were from other parts of the country.

Jim Hodgson and partner, Olive Jackson, have made the long journey with their caravan from their Victorian home to spend three months in Broome every winter for 20 years and are among many long-term regular visitors at Cable Beach Caravan Park.

"We just love it," Mr Hodgson, 84, said. "We love the weather. It's the weather that brings us up here. It hardly ever rains. There are no stingers around so we can go to the beach when we like."

In the East Pilbara council area there were about 7900 people aged between 25 and 44. Almost 3000 of them were from other parts of the country.

East Pilbara's proportion of NSW residents jumped 247 per cent between 2006 and 2011. Victorians were up 196 per cent, Queenslanders 162 per cent and South Australians 227 per cent.

In the Goldfields, however, the locals are being swamped by West Australians from other parts of the State.

On census night just 55 per cent of the 4345 in the Leonora council area were locals and 39 per cent were from other parts of WA.

'We love the weather. It's the weather that brings us up here. It hardly ever rains. There are no stingers around.'"Victorian *Jim Hodgson *