Victoria’s 10 largest regional cities
For 10 years Victoria’s population growth has been the strongest of any Australian state or territory and it is forecast to almost double by 2050. Victoria’s liveability and economic wellbeing rely heavily on the ability of the transport network to meet the demands of our growing population across the state.
RACV calls on the Federal and State Governments to fund the 76 transport projects we have identified at a cost of $4.7 billion that are needed across Victoria’s 10 largest regional centres, and major commuter corridors between them. This includes road, public transport and bicycle projects throughout Ballarat, Greater Bendigo, Greater Geelong, Horsham, Latrobe, Mildura, Greater Shepparton, Wangaratta, Warrnambool and Wodonga. The projects are detailed in the 2018 Regional Growing Pains brochure.
While it has been great to see increased funding in regional rail improvements and road safety in recent years, there is still a significant amount of work to do and funding needs to be sustained, not just drop away once current projects are completed. A holistic approach to planning and investments is required so we are not always trying to catch up but rather keeping up with the needs of Victorians.
We want to see a pipeline of regional transport projects developed, including those in our report, with adequate and ongoing funding, making Victoria a great place to live. This pipeline must be supported by the two major political parties, so we have a true vision for what transport in Victoria should look like. This means we can get on with the business of assessing the merit of individual projects.
Outer Metropolitan Melbourne
Melbourne continues to grow and the outer suburbs deserve a fast, convenient and high-quality transport system linking areas of housing and employment and also providing access to goods and services, health care, education and recreation.
RACV calls on the State and Federal Governments to fund an ongoing program of outer-suburban transport projects. Our 2018 list of 142 transport infrastructure projects are listed in the Growing Pains brochure and shown on the map at the top of the page. These include road infrastructure projects within each of the 14 local council areas to address missing links, increase capacity and improve safety, plus railway infrastructure projects to create new lines, extend the reach and capacity of existing lines and improve access and facilities at railway stations. RACV estimates that over $13 billion dollars is required to address the backlog of projects in the shorter term. Much more will be needed to commence a range of medium to long term road and public transport projects.
RACV further calls for progressive reform in the design and supply of bus services across the outer suburbs, including measures to improve timetabling, route planning, co-ordination between modes and customer information. RACV will advocate for improved public transport services and better bicycle riding connections across Greater Melbourne. Look out for updates on the RACV website.