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The population size and distribution of Victoria has experienced major changes over the last ten years. Victoria's residential population in 2000 stood at roughly 4.76 million people (ABS, 2001). Presently, an estimated 5.5 million people reside in the state, which is an increase of roughly 740,000 individuals (ABS, 2011). Additionally, Victoria's population density reaches 24 people per square kilometre (abs, 2011). As can be expected, Victoria's population is projected to substantially increase within the next 30 years to a growth rate of 50% (Russel, 2009). In cases like this, Victoria's population is expected to reach 7.58 million people in the year 2039, shown in figure 1(ibid). Figure 1 Melbourne and Victorian population increase, past, present and future (Russel, 2009, pp. 4) As may be anticipated a lot of the state's expansion is projected to the suburban areas of Melbourne because of urbanisation (Frieden and McKenzie, 2010). However, such growth does have its limitations. In particular, the "not in my backyard mentality" Australian's possess, constrains housing growth within Melbourne (Auspoll, 2007). Consequently, limited home impacts home prices, which in turn affects lower income buyers who don't have any alternative but to dwell in the outside fringes of Melbourne (ibid). This was not necessarily the case. During the late 1970s and early 1980s counter urbanisation resulted in increased population rates throughout regional Victoria (Frieden and McKenzie, 2010). These days, the overall population has diminished in certain rural areas, largely the arid farming regions (ibid). The ABS (2011) states that roughly 15 percent of Victoria's local government areas, majority in rural regions had diminished or had restricted change in population. For the are...