Gladstone is voted second top place for sea change
By NATALIE PEUTnataliep@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
'GLADSTONE is the rich city.' These were the words of KPMG demographic researcher Bernard Salt yesterday.
Mr Salt said the Australian's Wish Magazine story was based on 50 towns which looked at their rate of population growth and what they had to offer, with the Gladstone region rated Number Two behind Byron Bay.
"Gladstone was in the top 10 towns chosen for the desirable destinations,'' he said.
'Although Gladstone hasn't been that strong in population growth over recent years, it was one that is expected to pick up.
'For income per person, Gladstone rated extremely well, because Gladstone is a very rich town.'
Mr Salt said he provided the magazine with information on the unemployment rate and the number of people over the age of 60.
'Gladstone is at 11 per cent in the unemployment rate compared to the Australian average of 40 per cent,' he said.
'Gladstone is a very rich working community.
'The city provides opportunity for 'sea change' and prospects for employment and money people can earn.
'Although a number of them probably don't think it's a wealthy town, compared to a lot of other towns it certainly is.'
Mr Salt said he had always got behind Gladstone and the prospects it had to offer.
'The vital money, job prospects and a town by the beach was the reason why Gladstone was named in the top 10,' he said.
'Gladstone was with a number of other towns such as Cairns, Buderim, Runaway Bay and Byron Bay.
'Gladstone is definitely going to have the positive growth over the next 30 years.'