PHOTO: Brisbane, Australia – September 25, 2016: View of Brisbane city skyline and Brisbane river in late afternoon

Planning and infrastructure construction in major cities are lagging behind current needs, experts say, and has a long way to go to accommodate the anticipated 24 million extra Australians projected to call the country home by 2066.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics today revealed Australia’s population is expected to balloon to as much as 49,226,089 in the next 48 years, buoyed by a stream of international immigration and rising natural increase rate over time.