Fraser Coast Property Industry Association

RECENTLY, one of Australia’s leading demographers, Simon Kuestenmacher from The Demographics Group, visited Hervey Bay.

His presentation made it clear that our town needs to change direction.

Currently, Hervey Bay has an aging population with an average age over 51.

Over the next 20 years, this population will require high levels of care.

Our current healthcare sector is already understaffed, and this situation will worsen as our workforce ages.

To address this impending crisis, we must attract a younger population to Hervey Bay.

This means offering education opportunities and training to retain young people, ensuring they can cater to our future needs.

Traditional housing models do not appeal to younger generations; they seek alternatives in medium-density housing, along with a lifestyle that includes entertainment and career opportunities.

Changing our direction involves rethinking our infrastructure, lifestyle opportunities, and even the culture of our city.

We need to create an environment where young people want to live, work, and raise their families.

This means improving marketing and promotion efforts to highlight the benefits of living in Hervey Bay.

Our civic leaders must urgently replan for the future, targeting specific sectors of the Australian population to move here.

By developing the right infrastructure and fostering a vibrant, youthful community, we can ensure that Hervey Bay thrives.

Knowing what we want our future to look like is the first step in making it a reality.

Let’s begin with the end in mind and act now to secure a prosperous future for Hervey Bay.

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