Re­gional cities set to shine

Shepparton News - - OPINION -

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.

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