City follows trend for big home, fewer kids

DOWNSIZED LIVING: Anita Cusack and Matt Doyle of Camira, with their son Colton, represent the modern smaller-sized Australian family with two children or fewer.
DOWNSIZED LIVING: Anita Cusack and Matt Doyle of Camira, with their son Colton, represent the modern smaller-sized Australian family with two children or fewer. David Nielsen

THE IPSWICH household is changing with a new Australian lifestyle emerging in the city's newest suburbs.

A study of Australian households by demographer Mark McCrindle found the size of families is falling while they are living in larger houses compared to 100 years ago.

Mr McCrindle said the number of residents per Australian household has dropped from 4.5 to 2.6 in the last 100 years.

The drop has coincided with a rise in four-bedroom homes from 17% to 31% in the past 25 years.

The average fertility rate among Australian women has changed in the last 40 years from 3.5 children to just 1.88.

Mr McCrindle said the suburbs of Augustine Heights, Redbank Plains and Springfield were examples of the new-found Australiana.

"They're not first-home buyers. Often the people that are moving there have rented or owned somewhere else. It the first time a lot of these families have owned their first detached home," he said.

"They have outgrown that space and are looking for a detached home where they can get into the community. Around 54% of new homes have two or more cars and have two incomes."

The Camira family of Anita Cusack, Matt Doyle and their 10-month old son Colton fits the changing Australian family mould.

They recently moved from a renting a unit in Collingwood Park to the home Mr Doyle grew up in.

It was home to his family of eight when as he grew up - but now the trio calls it home.

Ms Cusack said they would only be having the one child, following a trend among their friends.

"All of our friends have had no more than two children and none of them want anymore kids," she said. "He'll be the only one. It comes back to wanting to send him to a decent school. We want to be able to provide for him rather than having to struggle."

Mr Doyle said they were chasing a home with more space for their son to enjoy as he grows up.

"That's the main reason we are here. We have had previously been renting. This was my Dad's house, there were eight people living here."



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