Regional cities set to shine
Steady population growth predicted for the city during the next two decades is promising.
Of course, there are plenty of factors at play here.
And there’s plenty yet to happen over the next decade set to influence these projections.
If the sort of investment some predict for the area eventuates, these numbers could climb faster than expected. If some of the mooted major government projects and upgrades many in the city are calling for arrive on the city’s doorstep, this too will likely change things further.
With any luck, local jobs will be created on the back of these projects.
Furthermore, a decentralisation agenda is being spruiked by both sides of Victorian politics and we’re set to hear plenty more about this in the next few months as we arrive at the November state election.
This in particular points to the sort of efforts and appetite the state’s leaders have to relieve Melbourne of its climbing population and overheated property market.
The goal is for a state of cities rather than a city state.
Regional cities like Shepparton pose an answer to some of these concerns.
This is all welcome news for now. What is important is that service and infrastructure upgrades keep pace with this predicted growth in Shepparton.
Potential: It is vital service and infrastructure upgrades keep pace with predicted growth.