Victoria is positioned as Australia’s fastest-growing state, with a recent ABS report indicating that Melbourne’s population could more than double to 12 million by 2066.
This population boom is putting enormous pressure on our transport infrastructure. We know Victorians are experiencing congestion on our roads and public transport systems, with longer commutes in peak conditions that stretch for hours at both ends of the working day and weekends.
The Federal Government can play a much more proactive role in enabling the infrastructure that Victoria needs. A hands-off approach to urban policy and Victoria’s infrastructure program is not defensible; Melbourne, our regional cities and rural centres deserve support from all tiers of Government.
While the Coalition has budgeted for $2.1 billion worth of transport infrastructure in Victoria, the future of the state depends on a change in thinking. For too long, Victoria’s transport infrastructure decisions have lacked justification, been highly politicised, and have neglected the need for an integrated approach.
Transport decisions have a long-term impact on the economy, land use patterns, public health and the environment. Victoria's reputation as a great place to live, and our future prosperity, depends on connected thinking and long-term plans.
Any project that is built must have a strong business case, with benefits that exceed the costs.
These are RACV’s transport priorities leading into the 2019 Federal Election;
- A connected major transport network for Melbourne
- A safer highway network across Victoria
- Improved transport infrastructure across metropolitan Melbourne
- Improved transport infrastructure and services across Victoria's 10 major regional cities, as outlined in the RACV Growing Pains report
Authorised by Bryce Prosser, RACV General Manager Public Policy and Corporate Affairs, 485 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000