Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Mirani a Country Town on the Move

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Mirani a Country Town on the Move

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Byline: Cait Bester cait.bester@dailymercury.com.au

SNAPSHOT of MIRANI

Population: 6918 as of June 30 2009. From 2004 Mirani's population was 5377.

Origin: 409 stated they were born overseas at the time of the 2006 Census.

Age: 1505 people aged 0-14; 691 aged 15-24; 1834 aged 25-44; 1742 aged 45-64; 620 aged 65 and over as at June 30 2008.

Indigenous population: 157, or 2.9 per cent of Mirani's population, at time of the 2006 Census.

Family make-up: 1437 families at the 2006 Census, with couple family with children the dominant type, 423, couple family with no children: 545 and one-parent family 153.

Schooling: 100 per cent of Mackay students attended a government school in 2008.

Employment: Agriculture, forestry and fishing industry of employment with 476 persons, or 20.2 per cent of Mackay's population employment in sector at time of 2006 Census.

Agricultural production: $70.8 million, or 0.8 per cent, of the total value of agricultural production in 2005 to 2006. Livestock products were valued at $2.6 million, or 3.7 per cent.

NESTLED among the canefields, Mirani has become a thriving township that contributes more than $70.8 million a year to the agricultural economy.

Statistics included in the Mackay Regional Council's Mirani profile, which includes Marian, show crops and livestock are the region's main source of income with the sugarcane industry turning more than $63.1 million, livestock slaughterings producing $5.1 million and livestock products earning $2.6 million.

And one of those contributors to the sugarcane industry is Lawrence Bugeja, who lives on the Pioneer riverbank near Marian with his wife and three children.

"We have been farming here since I was a little kid a we have the good and bad times, but that is just the way the farming industry goes," Mr Bugeja said. …

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