COVID to boost Wagga's population, report claims

The population of Wagga Wagga would be one that is set to grow significantly over the coming years according to a new study into Australia’s changing population post-COVID.

A Ripehouse Advisory white paper predicts Wagga's population will grow by 4.9 per cent in three years, compared to previous growth of 1.69 per cent, before the onset of COVID.

Ripehouse Advisory chief executive Jacob Field suggested the changing population could be a "silver lining" for Wagga, which was already becoming an increasingly attractive destination for those looking to move out of the inner-city areas.

"Going in a high density apartment to the lift every morning and being faced with 20 people who are coughing, that might be the straw that breaks the camel's back," said Mr Field.

"Wagga Wagga's in a great position to benefit from that."

Mr Field said the lockdown had also shown both employers and employees that working from home could be a viable option for them going forward. Meaning that many white collar-workers would now have the ability to move into more regional areas.

It was also an opportunity for first home buyers to make the most of record low interest rates and move to more affordable areas such as places like Wagga.

Complete and original article published in The Daily Advertiser here.

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