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Infrastructure Victoria releases draft for a 30-year strategy

By Jamil Allouche

In Melbourne, we're lucky to be living in one of the world's most livable cities. However, whether you own a Brunswick East property or are renting in Fitzroy, you might have thought what the city will develop into over the years.  

Welcome the new draft strategy of Infrastructure, which covers recommendations for the future development for the whole of Victoria – for the next three decades. So what exactly is this strategy about and what does it cover? Let's take a closer look.

What is the strategy about?

Infrastructure Victoria, in their draft strategy, recognise that to facilitate a good lifestyle for all residents, change is necessary. As such, they underpin their core objectives with social, economic and environmental outcomes. And at the heart of it all: good infrastructure that is well planned.

To provide short, medium and long term benefits, the strategy is made up of a whopping 134 recommendations. Out of those, 45 per cent are related to behaviour change and 35 per cent cover new projects. All other recommendations are regarding prioritising and planning other investigations some more.

If you're one of the fortunate people living in Melbourne, your life quality will be improved with a mix of strategies and projects through the implementation of this proposal.

What does it cover?

While there is a strong focus on projects and many initiatives in construction, policies and regulatory reforms are recommended as well. This, according to Infrastructure Australia would have a meaningful impact on people's behaviour. 

The three main areas all of the strategy's suggestions are centred on are: transportation pricing, low-income housing solutions, and densification. 

1. Transportation costs

To achieve reductions in congestion, reducing the pricing of transportation is thought more effective than road projects. The draft argues that this particular recommendation is one of the most beneficial as it could cut commute times and improve efficiency for freight, for example. 

2. Low-income housing

The need for more affordable housing over the next three decades – especially focusing on the next ten years – is urgent, according to the report. This means that major investment is needed to enable the most vulnerable residents to access shelter.

3. Densification

As our population keeps growing, it becomes increasingly difficult to provide the sprawling city with good infrastructure. The report suggests solving this by redirecting growth to areas with more capacity for it.

While these recommendations are great on paper, it will come down to all levels of government to work in collaboration with the private sector and build a path into the future for Victorians to live in style and comfort.

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