30-year Victorian Infrastructure Strategy released

Infrastructure Victoria has presented its 30-year infrastructure strategy to the Victorian Government, highlighting four key transport projects and 94 recommendations worth around $100 billion, to better connect Victorians to jobs, services and each other, into the future.

Victoria’s Infrastructure Strategy 2021–2051 recommends the state government reconfigure the City Loop, extend suburban train lines in Melbourne’s growing outer north and west, prepare for the Outer Metropolitan Ring Road, and upgrade road technology systems to ensure safer, smoother travel.

More detailed planning is also recommended for Melbourne Metro 2, a city-shaping rail project that could also provide improved direct Geelong services.

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.

Infrastructure Victoria CEO, Michel Masson, said that whilst large built infrastructure projects will continue to be important as Melbourne grows, they should be integrated with land use planning, to ensure multiple benefits.

“Our final recommendations consider the medium to longer-term impacts of the global pandemic. Despite the current challenges, Victoria will continue to grow and transform,” Mr Masson said.

“Our 30-year roadmap outlines how Victoria can make the most of the infrastructure we already have while ensuring new infrastructure, such as road and rail projects, deliver maximum value to areas where it is needed most.”

Over half (56 per cent) of the recommendations in the strategy relate to making better use of Victoria’s existing infrastructure through policy development, legislative reform, and planning.

41 recommendations involve infrastructure capital investment by the government, and around a quarter of recommendations focus on developing regional Victoria.

Mr Masson highlighted that much of the demand for new infrastructure is in outer growth and regional areas, with Melbourne’s outer-northern and western suburbs expected to attract over 800,000 new residents over the next 30 years.

“By better connecting outer suburban growth areas and the regions to Melbourne, we can provide fairer access to jobs, transport and services for all regardless of postcode,” Mr Masson said.

The Strategy is available here.

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