Post Catastrophe Imagery and AI-derived property damage and condition data unite to help insurers process customer claims more efficiently.
As housing pressures intensify across Australia, the phenomenon of new suburbs popping up on the edges of regional towns is becoming evident. Comparing the Nearmap back-catalogue of 10+ year historical aerial imagery with recent captures shows the pace at which farm and bushland have been swallowed by sprawling housing developments.
With imagery covering up to 95% of the Australian population, we have witnessed a remarkable change in regional areas at the hands of an increasing living (and housing) costs and a population boom.
In the first three months of 2023, migration to Australia’s regional centres increased by almost 8% according to the Regional Movers Index (RMI). And while this slowed in the following quarter, the city to regional flows were up by around 16% per cent, on-average, compared to 2018 and 2019.
“From Western Australia to NSW and Queensland, the growing preference of Australians to live outside major cities is seeing regional cities like Geraldton in WA and Bathurst in NSW continue to gain population growth,” M’Shenda Turner, Director of Geospatial Content Operations at Nearmap told news.com.au.
“Location insights and frequently refreshed aerial imagery can provide essential information for local councils and urban planners to understand the impact of urbanisation on the environment and the liveability of these growth areas”, M’Shenda added.
Check out some of the most drastic changes across the country captured by frequently updated aerial imagery below.
Greater Geraldton in Western Australia had a five-fold annual increase in net internal migration flows according to the Regional Movers Index — attributed to strong net inflows from other regional areas.
Moorabool in western Victoria posted inflows almost double that in the 12 months to June 2022 (RMI).
Speaking to 7 News, Nearmap CEO Andy Watt commented on the population growth seen in Wagga Wagga — with the number of residents increasing from 62,000 to almost 70,000 in the past decade, and projected to increase to more than 77,500 by 2036.