Country Victoria is key for our state

REGIONAL Victoria can play a greater role in alleviating the population pressures facing Greater Melbourne.

New Census data shows Victoria’s 10 largest regional cities experienced an average growth of 7.8 per cent in the five years between the 2011 and 2016 Census, amounting to an increase of about 55,000 residents.

In the same period Greater Melbourne grew at a rate of 12 per cent, adding over 485,000 residents.

Regional cities are perfectly placed to capitalise on Victoria’s growing population.

Doing so will not only alleviate the pressures facing Melbourne, but also provide real social and economic opportunities for our regional communities.

We all know that regional cities are great places to live and work, but boosting investment in key areas such as transport and infrastructure will enhance the desirability of our regions as attractive place to live – ultimately drawing a greater share of the population.

Regional Cities Victoria (RCV) has a strong track record of commissioning research to inform policy options, and will be proactive on the issue of population growth in the lead-up to next year’s state election.

An important focus for the group will be working on ways to improve liveability and employment options in our cities to achieve greater population growth.

Cr Kylie Gaston,

Acting chair of Regional Cities Victoria

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