Somerset continues to grow
THE Somerset region is still showing it has plenty to offer, with the fastest population growth in South-East Queensland occurring in the area.
The Somerset region recorded growth of 4.2 per cent in the past financial year, with 910 people arriving from July 2009 and June 2010 bringing the population to 22,500.
Proud Esk resident, Verity Burnham has lived in the Somerset area for 26 years and isn't surprised to hear of the population growth.
“People want to live here because it's so fabulously beautiful and everybody is so friendly and helpful,” she said.
“It's the small town thing, there is definitely something different from people here to people in the city.”
Ms Burnham said living in towns in the Somerset area was rewarding as well as enjoyable.
“There is a lot of small business and you feel like you are supporting a community as well as being part of one.”
She said she has noticed some extra residents in the area.
“I have seen that there are more people up town that I don't recognise,” she said.
“I have some friends who have recently moved to the area and they have come from all over Queensland.
“A lot of people just drive into the towns in this area, think it's lovely and when they want to move, it's the place they think of.”
The Australian Bureau of Statistics report said population growth was down across the country in comparison to previous years.