Pol­icy to spread pop­u­la­tion growth

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THE State Op­po­si­tion will ac­tively pur­sue a pop­u­la­tion pol­icy which seeks to de­liver Wan­garatta and other re­gional Vic­to­rian cen­tres more of the state’s pop­u­la­tion growth.

Danny O’Brien (MLA, Gipp­s­land South), who was yes­ter­day an­nounced chair of the Lib­eral-Na­tion­als Vic­to­rian Pop­u­la­tion Pol­icy Task­force, said the Coali­tion was de­vel­op­ing a pop­u­la­tion pol­icy “that will help us man­age the enor­mous pop­u­la­tion growth in our state and en­sure it is bet­ter dis­trib­uted across the whole of Vic­to­ria”.

“The Lib­er­als and Na­tion­als re­alise Mel­bourne can’t con­tinue to grow at its cur­rent rate (of more than 100,000 peo­ple a year) while re­gional Vic­to­ria strug­gles,” he said.

“Through fo­rums around the state over the last 18 months we have clearly heard of the need for bet­ter pub­lic trans­port, roads, in­fra­struc­ture and other ser­vices and we are cur­rently de­vel­op­ing pol­icy that will meet these needs.

“We recog­nise that there are enor­mous life­style ben­e­fits in liv­ing in our re­gions, but we need the jobs and re­sources from the State Govern­ment to help peo­ple make the move.”

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