MAKING POPULATION GROWTH WORK FOR US
Victoria is adding one person every five minutes. That’s 12 people-an-hour, around 280-a-day, over 100,000-a-year. We can view this unprecedented growth as either a problem or an opportunity.
The issues associated with unplanned and unchecked population increase reach into almost every aspect of people’s daily lives: public safety, roads and rail, housing, jobs, schools, services, community, recreation, sustainability and much more. Therefore, an important priority of any good government should be to deal with population growth in a sensible and effective way.
The Victorian Population Policy Taskforce has been set up by The Hon Matthew Guy MP, Leader of the Liberal Nationals Opposition, to tackle this most pressing issue. The Taskforce will listen to the views of Victorians, debate ideas, and put forward solutions that will serve this state well into the future. In the end, it is all about making population growth work for all Victorians.
MELBOURNE – 92,000 PEOPLE A YEAR AND COUNTING
Out of the more than 100,000 new Victorians a year, 92 per cent choose Greater Melbourne as their home. No doubt many are lured by the unparalleled and enviable lifestyle that Melbourne has to offer, but these numbers put pressure on services already stretched to their limits.
Governments for a long time have struggled to keep up with increases in high-growth areas of Melbourne, and this needs to change. We need to care more about how the next generation will get a foot in the door of the property market. We have to make transport connectivity a priority, to offer commuters a way out of traffic woes and not a dead-end. We should demand a level of service-delivery that is timely and responsive, not sluggish and reactive. Our police and protective service numbers should be strengthened and not left to decline. And we must strive to retain the suburban amenity and community feel that we have taken for granted for so long.
REGIONAL VICTORIA – REAL OPPORTUNITIES
Living in the great regional centres of Victoria offers so many opportunities. Proximity to work, schools, shops, services and recreational facilities makes life in Geelong, Bendigo, Warrnambool, Shepparton, the Latrobe Valley and surrounds an attractive proposition for anyone. Far away from the hustle and bustle of big city life, individuals can thrive and families can raise their kids in safe and supportive communities.
Often, new arrivals to Victoria see Melbourne as the end-point in their journey. By giving incentives to look further afield, and by improving the services like regional rail, we want to open people’s eyes to the benefits that come from moving to places like Ballarat, Mildura, Wodonga or Sale and the smaller country centres serviced by them.