Toowoomba tops list of Queensland deaths in 2016

Toowoomba had the highest number of deaths in 2016 in Queensland. Courtesy: Jessica Hromas/brisbanetimes

Toowoomba was the most likely place for a Queenslander to die in 2016 – but it was also the most likely place for new babies.

The Queensland government recently published the top suburbs for deaths and births by mother’s postcode for 2016 on its open data website.

Toowoomba had 1035 deaths, followed by Chermside at 975 and Southport at 962.

However, Toowoomba was also top of the list when it came to births based on the mother’s postcode, followed by Mackay, with the 4300 postcode – which includes Springfield, Brookwater and Goodna – coming in third.

Demographer Mark McCrindle said Toowoomba had a high proportion of residents aged under 20 and a high proportion aged over 75, compared with the Queensland and national average.

“Yes, it’s got an ageing population… but also a significantly higher number of young people,” he said.

Mr McCrindle said Toowoomba was a very established city but was also experiencing growth, with new housing, infrastructure, a new airport and work on the second range crossing.

“It has some vibrancy and that attracts young people and young family, it’s got the traditional and retirement, and it’s got the emerging, and that creates a thriving city,” he said.

Mr McCrindle also pointed to the many education options in Toowoomba, including private schools and universities.

Springfield was also booming, with young families flocking to the area.

Mr McCrindle said the median age was 37 nationally, but in Springfield it was 28.

“It’s rare to find such a young average age and that’s only because of the higher proportion of new families,” he said.

“One in five residents of Springfield are aged under 10.

“You’ve got this baby boom taking place and you’ve got the detached home development.”

The data does not analyse deaths or births per capita.

A spokeswoman for Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said making lists publicly available ensured Queenslanders were kept up to date about trends in their community and state.

“It also promotes public debate, allows researchers and non-government organisations to analyse this information for various purposes, and increases the openness and transparency of government and its processes,” the spokeswoman said.

A Department of Justice and Attorney-General spokeswoman said the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages was committed to the Queensland government’s open data program, with data available for NGOs, businesses and individuals.

“Due to confidentiality reasons, RBDM can only publish data that is not identifiable,” she said.

“RBDM leaves the interpretation of trends and generational data to demographers and agencies such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics.”

Deaths in 2016

  • Toowoomba – 1035
  • Chermside – 975
  • Southport – 962
  • Herston – 732
  • Woolloongabba – 696
  • Redcliffe – 694
  • Douglas – 675
  • Nambour – 634
  • Bundaberg – 620
  • Cairns – 573
  • Ipswich – 562
  • Caboolture – 559

Births by mother’s postcode in 2016

  • 4350 (Toowoomba area) – 1467
  • 4740 (Mackay area) – 1173
  • 4300 (Goodna, Springfield, Brookwater) – 1091
  • 4209 (Pimpama, Coomera area) – 976
  • 4305 (Ipswich area) – 940
  • 4680 (Gladstone area) – 888
  • 4870 (Cairns area) – 880
  • 4207 (Beenleigh area) – 831
  • 4211 (Nerang, Pacific Pines area) – 821
  • 4670 (Bundaberg area) – 812
  • 4503 (Kallangur, Dakabin area) – 772
  • 4053 (Everton Park, Mitchelton area) – 728

Source: BrisbaneTimes