Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Baby Numbers Down on the Northern Rivers

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Baby Numbers Down on the Northern Rivers

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Byline: LEAH WHITE leah.white@northernstar.com.au

THE number of babies being born on the Northern Rivers has steadily decreased over the past five years, but it still well above the metropolitan average.

Recent figures from the Australia Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show the average fertility rate across the Northern Rivers was 2.08, while the average across Australia was 1.80 babies per woman.

The number of babies being born in Ballina has steadily decreased from an average fertility rate of 2.22 in 2010 to 1.92 in 2014.

This has resulted in almost 100 less births last year than in 2010, despite a population increase of almost 1000.

The Byron Shire has also seen a decrease in newborn babies, but not by as much.

Last year there were 315, down from 342 the year before and 357 in 2010. This was also despite an overall increase in population from 30,664 in 2010 to 32,119 in 2014.

Kyogle's baby boom has slumped by almost 40% in five years, from 127 babies born five years ago to only 77 born last year. …

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