Infrastructure Victoria’s new discussion paper calls for more targeted regional infrastructure initiatives and better integration of transport infrastructure and land use to ensure the state benefits from unprecedented population growth.
In Growing Victoria’s Potential, the independent infrastructure advisor lays out key strategies to plan for and reap the benefits of Victoria’s growing population.
Infrastructure Victoria CEO, Michel Masson, said, “Victoria has a transformational opportunity to harness the potential of its population growth and thrive in an increasingly competitive global market.
“Realising this potential will take careful planning and an open conversation about how and where Victoria grows.”
Over 2019-2020, Infrastructure Victoria plans to update Victoria’s 30-year infrastructure strategy to identify projects, policies and reforms that maximise the opportunities and mitigate the challenges of population growth.
“We’ll have a focus on how we make the most of Victoria’s regions, what level of density is right for a growing Melbourne and how we ensure we have the right infrastructure in the right place at the right time,” Mr Masson said.
Growing Victoria’s Potential is the first in a series of releases that will occur throughout 2019 as part of the update of the 30-year infrastructure strategy.
It has been released along with detailed regional and metropolitan profiles outlining the unique strengths and challenges in different parts of Victoria. The profiles were developed through a year-long process of data gathering and consultation with regional stakeholders.
Mr Masson said planning for growth required honest conversations on some complex issues because decisions about infrastructure would all come with trade-offs.
“If we want to increase infrastructure service levels, then we need to think about the level of density that will be required to support it,” he said.
“If we want to grow our regions, then we need to talk about the unique strengths each region has and the challenges they face.
“We know that when it comes to infrastructure, we can’t do everything and we can’t do it all at once, so we need to consider the benefits, impacts and costs of all the available options in order to prioritise what we need to do where, and when.”
Through its work, Infrastructure Victoria aims to look at how the state manages demand and how to get the most out of its existing infrastructure, with an understanding that adding new infrastructure will only ever be part of the solution.
Over 2020, the advisor will talk to people right across the state to seek their opinions and contributions.
Read Growing Victoria’s Potential, the regional and metropolitan profiles and find out more here.