Regional Growing Pains

A more connected Victoria

As Victoria’s population boom spreads into regional areas, it’s essential that transport systems become a focus for investment beyond Melbourne.

RACV has identified around 80 transport projects at a cost of $4.7 billion that are needed across Victoria’s largest 10 regional cities.

Road, public transport and bicycle projects are needed in Ballarat, Greater Bendigo, Greater Geelong, Horsham, Latrobe, Greater Shepparton, Mildura, Wangaratta and Wodonga.

Improving transport for people in country areas will mean better access to jobs, education, health and community services. Accessibility is fundamental to people’s sense of liveability, and it is vital to enable businesses to thrive.

Regional centres need to be connected to each other along commuter corridors as well as having first class access to Melbourne.

Encouraging growth through increased funding

We appreciate that there have been funding increases in regional rail and road safety in recent years but there needs to be an ongoing series of works to keep services ahead of the needs of growing populations.

Regional Victoria is expected to grow from 1.2 million people to 2.1 million by 2051, with Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo accounting for half of the population boom which means transport investment must grow to keeps pace with the expansion.

The state’s economic prosperity will depend on good transport to move commuters, tourists and freight across the regions.

RACV wants the State and Federal Governments to fund the projects we have selected to ensure better transport connections and more choices for people travelling beyond Melbourne. This will ensure regional areas remain great places to live and work.

For further information on RACV’s Regional Growing Pains project, click here

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Authorised by Bryce Prosser, RACV General Manager Public Policy and Corporate Affairs, 485 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000