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Starting in Sydney News, Issue #015
September 01, 2010

Discover Lifestyle in Sydney.
Keep up with News about Australia

Starting in Sydney News brings you our latest tips about living in Australia. And a lot of information about things to do in Sydney and its attractions.

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We were saying in our previous newsletter that sustainable population is a hot topic in Australia, with many people thinking that over-crowded cities will reduce quality of life.

Bernard Salt, a well-respected demographer, has found an interesting angle to the growth of the population. Rather than looking at the total annual growth of 400,000 people, he looked at the distribution of growth across various age ranges. And the findings are mind-blowing.

Over a three-year period, 2006 - 2009, the national average growth was 6 per cent. But in four age groups it was much, much higher:

  • babies under 1 year - 11% growth;
  • 24 - 28 year-olds - 13%. This is the group which contributes most to migration and temporary workers;
  • the 62 to 65 year old population was growing by 36,000 a year;
  • people aged 100 and over grew by 53%, from 2,440 to 3,739.

This perspective puts things under a very different light:

  • all the grey army will need more and more health and support services,
  • which are funded through tax,
  • which means there need to be enough people in the work force.

So what does this mean for the population and the quality of life? You can read the article published in The Australian newspaper here.

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New Pages at

Relocate to Australia

If you are heading to Australia, here are some tips about how to organise your affairs before leaving your home country. We are also providing a checklist that you can print and then add to it your own items.

Australian Food

This page is a summary of various articles about food and cooking in Australia, diet and some recipes.

Sydney Museums

And here is a summary about museums in Sydney.

Building of Sydney Harbour Bridge

How was the bridge built, who was its architect and some facts about materials, dimensions and costs.

That's all for now. We'll be adding more pages about Australia, life in Sydney and tips on how to make the most of it.

To get them visit our website often. And make sure to read the next issue of this newsletter.

Until then, all the best,


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