Plan to drive Victorian jobs and investment

Plan to drive Victorian jobs and investment

Posted on Tuesday, May 20 2014 at 8:49 AM

Melbourne is set to become a powerhouse of jobs, investment and greater opportunity with the release of the Victorian Government’s new city-shaping strategy to 2050, Plan Melbourne, Premier Denis Napthine announced today.

Joined by Minister
for Planning Matthew Guy, Napthine says Plan Melbourne integrates game-changing
transport projects with job-creating urban renewal and activity precincts,
close to homes and services that people need.

“I’m delighted to
release this final plan for our city that will deliver more jobs, more
transport choices, more homes and more lifestyle opportunities across
Melbourne,” Napthine says.

“It is vital that
Melbourne’s livability is treasured and maintained. Plan Melbourne outlines the leadership and direction for Melbourne
to remain a great place to live, and do business well into the future.

“The plan creates a
clear picture of Melbourne’s infrastructure-led growth to 2050 and a long-term
plan integrating Victoria’s regions with metropolitan Melbourne.”

Napthine says the
plan would be the strategic framework behind the biggest infrastructure program
in Victorian history.

The plan reflects
newly committed transport projects such as the Melbourne Rail Link, including
the Melbourne Airport Rail Link, and the full East-West Link road project,
connecting the Western Ring Road at Sunshine West to the Eastern Freeway.

Guy says the plan defines
a new blueprint for the city by unlocking land within existing urban areas, and
a strong transport foundation upon which to attract investment and locate jobs,
businesses, and services close to where people live.

“This is a
comprehensive plan for Melbourne that caters for a projected population of 7.7
million people by 2051 and provides a solid foundation to meet these
challenges,” Guy says.

“For the first time,
there’s a dedicated authority, the Metropolitan Planning Authority (MPA), to
implement Plan Melbourne and together with local government we now have
the roadmap needed to forge a productive way forward for our great city.”

Structural reforms
to the Victorian planning system and a monitoring framework have been put in
place to ensure the plan can be delivered. Five new metropolitan sub-regions,
with representation from all metropolitan councils, have begun work to
coordinate infrastructure priorities across state and local government.

To implement the
strategy, the MPA will be given planning authority powers for metropolitan
Melbourne, and will use these powers in precincts and locations identified in the
plan, including urban renewal precincts, national employment clusters, activity
centres, and health and education precincts.

The MPA will work
closely with local councils as well as government departments, local residents
and other interested parties.

Urban renewal of
Fishermans Bend, E-Gate, Arden-Macaulay and along key rail corridors are a
major part of the strategy.

National employment
clusters will be in Monash, Latrobe, Sunshine, Dandenong South, East Werribee
and Parkville, with concentrations of interconnected businesses and

Key activity and job
centres will continue to be a focal point in areas such as Dandenong, Box Hill,
Ringwood, Essendon Fields, Narre Warren, Broadmeadows, Epping and Footscray.

In addition, the
plan prioritises 25 health and education precincts in locations close to homes
and transport connections to accommodate new highly skilled jobs and value-adding

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