Some key points to note are:
- There has been a 40.28% increase in children attending pre-school between 2006 & 2001 census. This percentage equates to 234 students which may not sound like much, but that is basically the number of students in total at a medium sized primary school. Which may explain why some primary schools in the area are turning children away.
- There has been a 13.6% increase in the number of children attending non-government primary schools (excluding Catholic schools).
- There has been a 10.82% increase in the number of children (0-4) age group between 2006 & 2001 Census (equates to 312 students).
- There has been a 4.61% increase in the number of children (10-14) age group between 2006 & 2001 Census (equates to 115 students) .
- ABS data shows approximately 539 students would be looking for entry into high school within this area (Aged 12) in 2006 (nb: This does not include those areas in Darebin, Brunswick etc). 529 students would be looking for placements in 2010
- 755 students would be looking for placements in 2018 (give or take all the families that decide to leave prior to this occurring).
In terms of dwellings, the number of "separate houses" remains fairly static, with increases in other types of properties eg. townhouses, flats/units etc. Interestingly, this equates to 962 properties from 1996 - 2006 (not including the Kodak or Pentridge developments which are set to increase the number of dwellings in the area). Which doesn't replace "family home numbers" as they seem to remain static. Oversimplified this means families move out of the Coburg area when they need to access secondary schooling for their children.Click on the link below to view Excel spreadsheet data supporting these statements in more detail.
ABS - Time Series by Age, 1996 - 2006 HSC Version