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For furniture removalists in Sydney, business has been busy, as thousands of Sydneysiders move away from their home suburbs towards the other regions of the city, as well as New South Wales, with data from the government showing that the city’s population growth has been slowing down as a result.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics recently published their data, which showed that the city’s total population went up to a record 5.2 million in 2017-18, with the Greater Sydney area adding 93,411 residents during that time. Notably, this is the city’s smallest increase in population since 2014-15.
The increase was primarily driven by overseas immigrants heading for the city, amounting to 71,000 additional residents to the city over the year, which counteracted the 27,300 population loss that the city experienced due to Sydneysiders moving to another part of the country. The rest of the increase came from natural increases.
The numbers, however, didn’t show the variation in the changes experienced by different parts of the city.
In the area covering Canterbury and Bankstown, around 4,000 residents emigrated, which amounts to 11 people daily. The population loss was offset by a 3,877 natural increase, complimented by overseas migration adding an additional 5,615 people.
Other areas to see a large drop in population thanks to internal migration included Cumberland, Randwick, and Georges River, which saw drops of 3,714, 3,120, and 2,842, respectively.
There was a fair amount of work for furniture removalists in Sydney City Council Area, with at least 2,800 people moving out, which was compensated for by the 8,111 increase brought on by overseas migration, plus 1,781 in natural increases.
In spite of the migration, Sydney’s population grew at a rate of 1.8%, higher than the rest of the state, which grew at 1%.
Melbourne is still the fastest growing city in the AU, with a population growth of 119,421, equivalent to 2.5%, bringing up the city’s total to 5 million.
In contrast, Darwin and Western Australia saw their populations drop, losing 355, and 583 people, respectively, in spite of the former having one of the fastest growing suburbs in the AU, while the latter saw Perth’s population count go up by 21,500.
Can be bridge be considered as a sport? Bridge has a century of history and it has been played in many prestigious tournaments. Whether it is a sport or not will be decided by Her Majesty’s High Court of Justice in London.
Sport England that promotes and finances sports competitions in the country has ruled that bridge and chess are not sports because they lack the required element of physical activity. According to Phil Smith director of Sport England, recognition of bridge as a sport will pave the way for claims from other activities like scrabble. As a result, Sports England was sued by the English Bridge Union. The High Court will decide on the potential government funding and tax benefits that are available to sports but not to games.
According to Smith, the job of Sport England it to make people fitter through physical activities and although bridge is a fantastic pursuit and provides pleasure to most people, it does not fit with their idea of making the nation fitter. Smith also suggested that an avalanche of newly recognized sports might deplete the resources of the British government that support a lot of sports activities.
In a ruling last April, Judge Nicholas Mostyn who was reported by the Press Association as a bridge player, said that there is more physical activity involved in bridge than in rifle shooting. However, the judge did not compare bridge to other sports that are more physically demanding like shuffleboard.
The late actor Omar Sharif was also known as bridge aficionado who wrote newspaper columns and books about the game. In fact, there were efforts to introduce bridge to schoolchildren so as to challenge their minds and sustain the game for the future generations.
At least one major multinational organization has officially classified bridge as a sport. The International Olympic Committee has recognized a long list of sports like Frisbee, competitive life saving and tug of war although they are not actually contested at the Games. Unfortunately, bridge did not make it to the shortlist that will be added to the 2020 Summer Olympics. It lost to sports like climbing, bowling and the martial art wushu.