Population policy

Nationals and Liberals launch Population Policy Taskforce interim report

The Liberal Nationals have taken the next important step in developing a policy to manage Victoria’s exploding population, with the launch of the Population Policy Taskforce’s interim report.

Victoria is the fastest growing state in Australia, with more than 100,000 people moving every year – but just 15,000 will move to regional Victoria.

The Taskforce has been consulting with local communities and stakeholders over the past six months and the interim report is an overview of the key issues raised so far.

Nationals Member for Mildura, Peter Crisp, said if Victoria’s growth was not addressed, by 2051 there would be an additional 3.8 million people in Melbourne but only 690,000 people moving or settling in the rest of Victoria.

“Our country communities raised concerns with a shrinking population, frustration with unreliable public transport and the rising cost of energy as some of the key issues they are facing,” Mr Crisp said.

“Regional Victoria’s proportion of our states population has been decreasing every year for the past decade and we desperately need government action to halt this trend.

“Our Population Policy Taskforce interim report is another step forward in our plan to develop a whole of government approach to managing our population growth.”

The Taskforce, led by chair and Member for Kew Tim Smith, and deputy chair and Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien, travelled across the state holding community forums including in Mildura, the Latrobe Valley and Shepparton. A regional taskforce has been established in Shepparton, Ballarat and Geelong.

Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh said Daniel Andrews had no plan and no vision to decentralise Victoria’s exploding growth.

“Of the people who move to our state each year, 90 per cent will move to Melbourne, but still the Andrews Labor Government is doing nothing to make sure our country communities share in this growth,” Mr Walsh said.

“There's more to regional and rural Victoria than just Bendigo, Ballarat and Geelong and the Liberal Nationals Population Policy Taskforce has been listening to our country communities as we develop a whole of government approach to managing population growth in our state.”

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