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Media Release - Labor to shoehorn nearly 100 000 new residents into Melbourne’s inner and middle suburbs

   Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Melbourne’s established suburbs in the inner and middle ring will be subject to a flood of new residents and inappropriate development because of the Andrews Labor Government’s decision to force 70 per cent of the city’s population growth into these areas.

In Question Time in Parliament today, the Treasurer, Tim Pallas, boasted that existing Melbourne suburbs, such as Hawthorn, Box Hill, Burwood, Mount Waverley, Sandringham, Brighton and Caulfield, would be required to accept a disproportionate share of population growth under Labor’s new policy.

However, under questioning by the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Pallas could not explain how the amenity, liveability, and neighbourhood character of these areas would cope with this massive population influx.

Also questioned, Planning Minister Richard Wynne, admitted that Labor’s “Plan Melbourne clearly articulates the distribution of population from established suburbs of 70% is in fact the positon of our Government, and in fact, we will achieve that outcome.”

Victoria’s population is growing by nearly 150 000 people every year and, with Labor having no plans for decentralisation, most of this new population is being directed to Melbourne’s established suburbs.

Coupled with Labor’s bad planning laws that encourage inappropriate high density development, Labor’s population policy will damage the liveability of Melbourne’s inner and middle suburbs.

By contrast, the Victorians Liberals oppose inappropriate development and are committed to protecting the liveability, heritage, and neighbourhood character of Melbourne’s suburbs.

Comment attributable to Shadow Minister for Planning, Tim Smith:

“Melbourne is already under pressure from the population squeeze and under the Andrews Labor Government’s plan to jam more people into inner and middle suburbs; it’s going to get much worse.

Labor, which has been in power for 16 of the past 20 years, does not have a plan to appropriately manage our population growth without damaging the liveability, heritage, and neighbourhood character of Melbourne’s suburbs.”