Victoria’s infrastructure strategy 2021–2051 was presented to the Victorian Parliament for tabling.
The updated strategy builds on the work of the first cross-sectoral infrastructure strategy delivered in 2016, and presents a vision for a thriving, inclusive and sustainable Victoria over the next 30 years.
It contains 94 recommendations for projects, policies, and reforms, spanning many types of infrastructure. They are based on extensive evidence, research and consultation and informed by innovative land use and transport modelling.
These recommendations represent a capital cost of around $100 billion over 30 years.
The strategy is divided into four themes focused on:
- confronting long term challenges
- managing urban change
- harnessing infrastructure for productivity and growth
- developing regional Victoria.
It identifies the top infrastructure priorities for Victoria’s nine regions – from the Mallee to Gippsland – to reduce disadvantage, build on economic strengths and address environmental risks.
It also tackles some big challenges facing Victoria over the next three decades including a growing and ageing population, technological transformation, a warming climate, and worsening congestion on our transport network.
Despite the immediate challenges of a global pandemic, Melbourne and Victoria will continue to grow and we must prepare now as well as respond to some immediate infrastructure challenges.
Every Victorian deserves good access to jobs, services, and public transport whether they live in Mildura, Melbourne, or Mallacoota.
By better connecting Melbourne to outer suburban growth areas and the regions we can get better use from the infrastructure we have and provide fairer access to jobs, transport, and services for all, regardless of postcode.
Victoria’s infrastructure strategy provides a practical roadmap for action over the next 30 years, in a range of public policy areas including energy, transport, social infrastructure, freight and housing.
Source: Infrastructure Victoria