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Technical Report WRD85068 Viewed at 15:07:30 on 29/07/2010 Page 13 of 58. I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I 6.0 POPULATION PROJECTIONS 6.1 Present Population : The present permanent population of Batchelor is 515 people residing in 140 dwelling units. This figure is based on a privately conducted survey by local historian Mr. Douglas Barrie. It does not include students residing at the Batchelor Accommodation Village or personnel associated with the Rum Jungle Rehabilitation project. The most recent Department of Lands/Australian Bureau of Statistics population figures only date to 1981 and were not considered recent enough to apply to the present situation. Statistical records permanent population: Year 1971 1975 1979 1981 1985 indicate Population 142 266 277 308 515 the growth in the Source census survey figures for the period 1971 to 1981 reflect an average annual growth rate of 8 percent, whereas figures for the period 1975 - 1981 only represent an annual growth rate of 2.5 percent. If the private survey figure of 515 for 1985 is adopted, a growth rate of 9.S percent has occurred since 1971. The Census The growth rate in period 1983 - 1984 was the Northern 3.7 percent. Territory for the From the erratic nature of the population growth in Batchelor over the past fifteer. years (the town's growth has been strongly influenced by the college growth during this period), it would be unreasonable to apply a direct population growth rate to the present population. A more accurate prediction of the Town's future population can be obtained by studying the effect of proposed developments individually (and discounting for the existing transient population). The college has a present maximum student population of approximately 200 and a total staff of approximately 40 (5 of whom live in Darwin). There is also a caravan park containing seven lots on the corner of Batchelor Road and Cameron Road, which could be expected to contribute a maximum of 20 temporary residents to the population. 9