As projected earlier this year, the City of Armadale’s population topped 75,000 as at 1 July this year.
Piara Waters and Harrisdale were recently listed No 6 in the nation’s top growth “hotspots”, according to the recent 2014 edition of Population and Residential Building Hotspots.
The suburbs are ranked according to the population growth rate in each locality with more than $100 million in residential building work approved in 2012/2013 and an annual population growth rate in excess of the national rate of 1.8 per cent.
Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones said the continued expansion of the urban growth areas of Harrisdale, Piara Waters and Forrestdale is set to continue with developers producing attractive and affordable homes and a variety of housing options.
“The population of this area is rapidly exceeding predicted growth rates – there are already about 11,393 residents in Harrisdale and Piara Waters and that number is predicted to grow to 14,838 by 2016 and 28,509 by 2030.
“The Sienna Woods estate in the new suburbs of Hilbert and Haynes is also experiencing rapid growth. With just over 1500 residents in 2014 this number is predicted to grow to well over 35,000 within 20 years.
“People are drawn to the accessibility and potential of these suburbs as they are close to the Armadale City Centre, and the area will soon benefit from a major sporting development due to commence this year.
“Harrisdale (East) Playing Fields will provide much-needed sporting facilities for the growing communities on the western side of the City.
“The City is also experiencing a changing demographic, with 22.1% of the current population under 15 years of age, compared to 20.8% in 2011.
“The rate of business and industrial growth in the Forrestdale Business Park has also increased in leaps and bounds.
“With the growing residential community there will continue to be a huge scope for further business, commercial and industrial investment for many years to come,” said Mayor Zelones.