Brisbane's or South East Queensland's problem would have to be the fact that we are actually growing TOO fast... which is causing problems across the board. Our Public infrastructure is overwhelmed and we can't build enough roads to keep up with traffic demands. Here is one article about it.
Queensland's population is growing faster than any other state in Australia, and Premier Peter Beattie admits his government is under pressure to keep pace. The extent of the population growth in the sunshine state was revealed in the release today of Census 2006 data showing it outstripping all other states and territories in the 10 years to 2006.
The census counted 3.9 million Queenslanders, an increase of 20.2 per cent from 1996. In the same period, the overall Australian population grew by 11.9 per cent. Brisbane was the fastest growing capital city, with an increase of 21.5 per cent in the 10 years between surveys.
Mr Beattie said the figures made him both happy and sad.
Happy, he said, because the state was an attractive destination for so many people, but sad, because so much infrastructure had to be built to cope with them. "I'm pleased that we are the growth centre of Australia and the centre of the universe, we have been for some time," Mr Beattie told reporters today.
"What it does is increase the pressure on the government to deliver.
"It's one of those things where you are elated one minute and you've got a headache the next." Queensland Council Of Social Services director Jill Lang said while the government worried about roads and dams, it shouldn't ignore social services.
"Demand on physical infrastructure is pretty obvious, what tends to be ignored are services to support the population," she said.
"People don't just need a new road or a good water supply, they need a whole range of other services." Ms Lang said housing services were under the biggest strain, with more help needed for people burdened by high mortgages and rents. According to the census, Queensland has the second highest number of homes being rented, 30 per cent - second only to the Northern Territory. It also has a low percentage of people who fully own their homes - 30.4 per cent.
Most Queenslanders - 31.4 per cent - were paying mortgages of an average $1,300 per month. "The number of people who just can't get into the housing market now is huge," Ms Lang said. "People are now choosing rentals, and for a longer period of time.
That then leaves nowhere to go for people who would traditionally rent, those who are on the lowest incomes."
While business enjoys the state's boom, Commerce Queensland president Beatrice Booth stressed the need for infrastructure to cope with continuing growth. "We have a major skills shortage problem, in spite of the numbers we have coming into the state," Ms Booth said. "If potential employers are reading constantly that our health system is failing in Queensland, they are not going to come."
Another example happened a few months ago when the CBD's major feeder freeway shut down due to two on ramps which had cracks in them causing Greater Brisbane to basically become gridlocked... took me two and a half hours to get home... (15kms) heres some pics of what happened...