Population forecasting - more than just numbers
There is a fascinating relationship between demographic and economic change and the role that housing and infrastructure plays in our lives. The discipline of demographic forecasting brings these things together and gives profound insights into our cities, towns and regions, providing ‘community builders’ with the ability to make informed decisions for their businesses.
In undertaking forecasts across Australia and New Zealand, we are increasingly finding that it's not only local governments making important locational decisions, but other community builders such as banks, retailers, health and aged care providers, schools, retailers, not-for-profits, utilities and developers. These spatially oriented organisations are not only interested in the forecast numbers - importantly, they need to understand the stories about places that underlie the forecasts.
At our recent launch of Small Area Forecast information (.id SAFi) for New South Wales, there were a variety of professionals in attendance from across these sectors. We were pleased to present our updated forecasts and accompanying insights to a highly engaged forum, and what a buzz that evening was!
I wondered how we can keep the engagement going. How can we continue to gather these community builders to share knowledge and insights? In an effort to keep the momentum going and share the insights we've uncovered through our NSW forecasts, .id is developing a new eBook. You can pre-register to receive a copy of the eBook The return of the premier state.