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4 July, 2022

Weipa booming as growth steady in Cape

Census results released last week paint a picture of the Peninsula.

By Matt Nicholls

WEIPA is the boom town of Cape York as census figures revealed it is the highest earning community in the region and also one of the fastest growing.

Overall, Cape York showed steady growth in both population and household income, although there were some exceptions, with Weipa standing out.

The median household income for Weipa was $2978 per week at the time of last year’s census, well up on the state average of $1675 and national average of $1963.

Cooktown’s median household income was $1215.

Both Cape York towns had big increases to the median household income, with Weipa’s rising 19.5 per cent in a five-year period and Cooktown’s going up by 13.8 per cent in the same timeframe.

However, Cooktown’s median income was well below the likes of Bamaga ($1630), Coen ($1379) and Lakeland ($1640).

The community with the lowest median income in Cape York was Napranum ($788), although Hope Vale ($836) and Wujal Wujal ($840) were not far behind.

In terms of population growth, Mapoon continues to make large strides, with the small western Cape community almost doubling in size in the last 20 years.

Although still small in stature with 432 residents, it is a massive increase from the 239 in 2001 and marks a huge 40 per cent rise in the last five years.

Weipa has also spread its wings over the last two decades.

In 2001, the township had 2830 residents and that had increased by 44 per cent when the census was conducted last year, with Weipa’s population now 4100.

However, the growth also shows the need for more housing in both Weipa and across the Cape, with most towns now at a critical shortage of vacant homes.

Cooktown had a small population increase (4.7%) in the five-year gap between census surveys, with a major shortage of available rental properties impacting growth.

However, Cook Shire’s population went up by 8.2%, with strong growth in Lakeland.

NATIONAL STATS

IN Australia, 812,000 people identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander in the 2021 census, which represented 3.2% of the population.

This was up from 2.8% in 2016 and 2.5% in 2011.

In 2021, the largest proportion of the Indigenous population lived in New South Wales (34.2%) and Queensland (29.2%).

More than a third (36.7%) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households reported an equivalised total household weekly income of $1000 or more in 2021.

The median equivalised total household weekly income for Indigenous households was $830.

The 2021 census counted nearly 25.5 million people (25,422,788) in Australia, excluding overseas visitors, on census night.

This was an increase of over two million people, or 8.6 per cent, since the 2016 census.

Australia’s census count has more than doubled in the last 50 years, with the 1971 census counting more than 12 million people.

CENSUS RESULTS

AURUKUN

People: 1101 

Male: 47.9%

Female: 52.1%

Median age: 29

Median income: $1069

Median rent: $125

Indigenous: 88.7%

Top religion: Uniting 51.1%

No religion: 31%

BAMAGA

People: 1186

Male: 49.2%

Female: 50.8%

Median age: 25

Median income: $1630

Median rent: $120

Indigenous: 78.3%

Top religions: Pentecostal 30.8%, Anglican 29.7%

COEN

People: 320

Male: 53.9%

Female: 46.1%

Median age: 31

Median income: $1379

Median rent: $123

Indigenous: 73.8%

No religion: 37.2%

Top religion: Catholic 18.8%

COOKTOWN

People: 2746

Male: 51%

Female: 49%

Median age: 44

Median income: $1215

Median rent: $230

Indigenous: 17.3%

No religion: 40.6%

Top religion: Catholic 12.3%

COOK SHIRE COUNCIL

People: 4511

Male: 53.6%

Female: 46.4%

Median age: 42

Median income: $1159

Median rent: $200

Indigenous: 21.1%

No religion: 38.8%

Top religion: Catholic 13.3%

HOPE VALE

People: 976

Male: 51.7%

Female: 48.3%

Median age: 28

Median income: $836

Median rent: $120

Indigenous: 88.4%

Top religion: Lutheran 73.8%

No religion: 10%

KOWANYAMA

People: 1079

Male: 48.4%

Female: 51.7%

Median age: 29

Median income: $1132

Median rent: $115

Indigenous: 86.8%

Top religion: Anglican 71.8%

No religion: 10.6%

LAKELAND

People: 333

Male: 61.7%

Female: 38.3%

Median age: 34

Median income: $1640

Median rent: $250

Indigenous: 8.7%

No religion: 28.5%

Top religion: Catholic 25.5%

LAURA

People: 133 

Male: 53.4%

Female: 46.6%

Median age: 39

Median income: $1666

Median rent: $120

Indigenous: 66.2%

No religion: 21.8%

Top religion: Anglican 14.3%

LOCKHART RIVER

People: 640

Male: 52.4%

Female: 47.6%

Median age: 27

Median income: $1066

Median rent: $125

Indigenous: 78.4%

Top religion: Anglican 60%

No religion: 20.9%

MAPOON

People: 432 

Male: 49.9%

Female: 50.1%

Median age: 27

Median income: $1010

Median rent: $120

Indigenous: 78.2%

No religion: 50.7%

Top religion: Uniting 6.9%

NAPRANUM

People: 883

Male: 49.5%

Female: 50.5%

Median age: 27

Median income: $788

Median rent: $121

Indigenous: 81.1%

No religion: 40.5%

Top religion: Uniting 19.4%

NPARC

People: 2781

Male: 48.6%

Female: 51.4%

Median age: 23

Median income: $1331

Median rent: $120

Indigenous: 82.2%

Top religion: Anglican 26.8%

No religion: 18.2%

PORMPURAAW

People: 611

Male: 50.6%

Female: 49.4%

Median age: 34

Median income: $1071

Median rent: $120

Indigenous: 78.4%

Top religion: Anglican 68.9%

No religion: 12.4%

WEIPA

People: 4100

Male: 52.7%

Female: 47.3%

Median age: 30

Median income: $2978

Median rent: $500

Indigenous: 26.8%

No religion: 46.8%

Top religion: Catholic 16.2%

WUJAL WUJAL

People: 276

Male: 45.4%

Female: 54.6%

Median age: 29

Median income: $840

Median rent: $70

Indigenous: 93.5%

Top religion: Lutheran 77.2%

No religion: 8.3%


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