As of 2016, Rockbank and Mount Cottrell, in Melbourne’s west, were home to about 3000 people.
Over the next two decades, the population there is set to explode – a twentyfold increase, based on state government projections.
By 2036, the area is expected to be home to about 65,000 people, equivalent to the current population of Shepparton.
Rockbank/Mount Cottrell is one of 29 suburbs statewide the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning predicts will more than double in size between 2016 and 2036.
The department’s principal demographer, David Sykes, said the projections were calculated using mathematical models, expert knowledge and trend analysis to provide an estimate of the future size, distribution and composition of the population.
Many of the areas expected to experience the greatest population growth are on Melbourne’s expanding suburban fringes.
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This article was originally published on www.theage.com.au.