Regional and Rural Victoria Regional and Rural Development Population Growth Population decentralisation

Letter to the Editor (Victoria needs a plan for population boom)

Friday 25 August 2017


Dear Editor,

Victoria’s population is booming and we need a clear plan, not only to deal with the challenges, but also to make the most of the opportunities such growth brings.

Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows our state grew by an unprecedented 146,000 people last year, but only 10 per cent of them settled in regional Victoria.

As our regional communities continue to decrease in population, Melbourne is quite literally bursting at the seams.

This is why the Liberal-Nationals Population Policy Taskforce is working to develop decentralisation policies to balance our population growth and ensure regional Victoria shares in the benefits.

A report released by the Victorian Auditor-General has confirmed Daniel Andrews has no plan for population growth and the demand for services – particularly birthing, maternal and childhood health services and kindergartens. This lack of vision could see some Victorians going without.

The Liberal-Nationals are consulting with our communities right across the state to ensure the services and infrastructure required to cope with Victoria’s growth can be delivered.

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Yours sincerely,

Peter Walsh

Leader of The Nationals

Shadow Minister for Regional Development

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