THE first round of data from the 2016 Census was released on June 27 this year and it includes an annoying anomaly about Wonthaggi.
While the town is inexplicably divided into two; ‘Wonthaggi’ (the area south of White Road) and ‘North Wonthaggi’, neither of those divisions includes the neighbourhood of South Dudley.
Why? No one can say.
Harmers Haven is also out on its own but because it includes a population of only 73 people, no statistical data is available beyond the fact that there are 59 dwellings in the secluded coastal hamlet and the average age is 60.
South Dudley, however, with a population of 461, gets the full set of data.
There are 121 families in South Dudley.
There are 217 dwellings and the largest demographic is the 30-34 year olds, making up 8.7% of the South Dudley population.
And as evidence that it’s purely a residential area for the local population, 93.5% of the homes in South Dudley were occupied on Census Day, August 9, 2016.
By way of comparison, 47.6% of private dwellings in Inverloch were unoccupied on that day and
a whopping 60.4% in Cape Woolamai while only 12% were unoccupied in the main residential area
of Wonthaggi.
What else does the 2016 Census say about South Dudley?
Another key demographic is the 5-9 year olds making up 8.3% of the suburb’s population, almost 15.8% are either separated or divorced (slightly higher than the Australian average 11.7%) and 70.9% were born in Australia (9.5% born in England).
Average weekly household incomes are $788, well below the state average of $1419 and rents are typically $230 a week for
the 30% of South Dudley residents who rent.
If you added the population of Wonthaggi (4965), ‘Wonthaggi North’ (2806) and South Dudley (461) you get 8232, up from 7277 in 2011, an impressive increase of 13.1% over the five years.
Data relating to employment, qualifications and population mobility is scheduled to be released from October 17, 2017. The complex nature of this data means that it requires extra time to be processed.