Task­force to help spread pop­u­la­tion

Campaspe News - - TRADE & SERVICES GUIDE -

THE Vic­to­rian Op­po­si­tion has launched a new task­force aimed at spread­ing the state’s pop­u­la­tion boom to the re­gions.

The Vic­to­rian Pop­u­la­tion Pol­icy Task­force fea­tures a panel of eight in­de­pen­dent spe­cial­ists, rang­ing from aca­demics and pub­lic pol­icy ex­perts to ru­ral bankers and eco­nomic the­o­rists.

The panel will now be­gin the process of en­gag­ing and con­sult­ing with the Vic­to­rian com­mu­nity and var­i­ous stake­hold­ers as well as tap­ping into their own ex­pe­ri­ences to pro­duce a com­pre­hen­sive set of rec­om­men­da­tions to make Vic­to­ria a state of cities.

‘‘The task­force will look at how we grow all of Vic­to­ria,’’ Mem­ber for Mur­ray Plains Peter Walsh said.

‘‘At the mo­ment, some­thing like 90 per cent of Vic­to­ria’s pop­u­la­tion growth is go­ing into Mel­bourne.

‘‘Vic­to­ria is grow­ing by 100,000 a year, which is ef­fec­tively adding an­other Bal­larat or Bendigo to the pop­u­la­tion ev­ery year. We want to see more of that pop­u­la­tion growth out in re­gional Vic­to­ria.’’

A se­ries of sub­ur­ban and re­gional fo­rums, as well as road shows, will be held to hear feed­back from the Vic­to­rian com­mu­nity on man­ag­ing the pop­u­la­tion growth.

But the task­force has at­tracted crit­i­cism from the Vic­to­rian Govern­ment, with Min­is­ter for Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Jaala Pul­ford claim­ing the Lib­er­als had no plans for ex­tra in­fra­struc­ture to meet the pop­u­la­tion de­mand.

‘‘The Lib­er­als should stop think­ing about Mel­bourne’s in­ner east and start think­ing about Vic­to­ria’s re­gional towns and Mel­bourne’s outer sub­urbs,’’ she said.

‘‘Peo­ple don’t move to re­gional towns and cities be­cause of a pop­u­la­tion pol­icy. They do it be­cause of jobs, high qual­ity schools and hos­pi­tals, de­cent trans­port links and bet­ter fam­ily and life­style op­por­tu­ni­ties.

‘‘This is a pol­icy thought up in Kew, writ­ten for Kew and only de­liv­er­ing for Kew.’’

The dis­cus­sion paper for the task­force can be viewed at vicpop­u­la­tion.com.au/doc­u­ments

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.