In a landmark first for our state, Infrastructure Victoria has publicly released its final 30 Year Infrastructure Strategy ensuring we have a long-term pipeline of infrastructure projects.
Infrastructure Victoria consulted the community on over 200 ideas across a number of different areas, including transport, health, energy and community development.
The final strategy includes proposals to increase housing density in established areas to make better use of existing infrastructure, and boosting investment for social and affordable housing.
It also supports a range of statewide transport upgrades across rail and road, boosting health services in growth areas and developing a 5-year plan for rebuilding Victoria’s schools. The strategy also points to the need for better internet and mobile phone coverage, particularly in regional areas.
The Andrews Labor Government will respond to the final Infrastructure Victoria strategy with a five-year Infrastructure Plan outlining our priority projects and funding commitments.
This will be released in 2017, with Infrastructure Victoria to assess our progress against this plan in the coming years.
In the meantime, the Government is getting on with delivering the projects that Victorians voted on and need, and which are creating thousands of jobs.
This includes building the Metro Tunnel that doubles the capacity of the city loop; the Western Distributor that gives Melbourne a crucial second river crossing; and the removal of 50 of our most dangerous and congested level crossings.
To read Infrastructure Victoria’s 30-Year Strategy and supporting technical reports, please go to yoursay.infrastructurevictoria.com.au.
Quotes attributable to Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings
“While governments come and go, Victoria’s infrastructure priorities remain. Through the development of this long-term strategy, Infrastructure Victoria has identified a steady pipeline of projects to grow our state.”
“As we work on our response, we’re getting on with the projects that Victorians need, including the Metro Tunnel, the Western Distributor, and the removal of dangerous and congested level crossings.”
“We thank Infrastructure Victoria for its work and looks forward to releasing our five-year infrastructure plan next year.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020