The growth of the Latrobe population is ‘unprecedented’ as people seek a peaceful life

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The growth of the Latrobe population is 'unprecedented' as people seek a peaceful life

“We were just tired of the rat race and wanting a change,” she said.

“It’s definitely been a good move. The lifestyle is just really easy,” Ms Manserra said. 

That makes it the second-fastest-growing council area in Tasmania behind Glamorgan-Spring Bay and in front of the Sorell, Tasman and Brighton council areas. 

From 2019-2020, the Latrobe municipality added 323 new residents, up by 2.8 per cent. 

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  • They’re just part of a wave of people moving to the Latrobe council area. 

Ms Manserra loves that she can walk to work, childcare and the hospital, something that wasn’t possible in Melbourne.

“We can get by with one car, and everything is in walking distance, which is really appealing,” she said. 

“It’s also really nice to have a backyard for the first time in our lives.” Finding a house was a challenge, but they’ve now purchased their first home and have no plans to leave.

“I definitely feel for people who are looking for somewhere to live in Latrobe because it’s not easy,” she said.  Latrobe council’s population growth between 2019-2020 was the second highest in the state. (ABC News: Paul Strk)Cool, coastal living

Retirees are also among those moving to Tasmania’s north-west.  Moya Costello and her husband moved from the northern rivers of New South Wales last year, attracted by the cooler temperatures and to be closer to family.

In the past 12 months, Ms Costello said she had seen huge growth in the area.  “The whole area I think is changing very, very rapidly given the amount of building that is going on,” she said. 

“We wanted to live near the coast and to have a view. It turned out Tasmania is where we could afford those two things.” “In many ways, we could be seen as climate refugees,” she said.