From the President April 2018

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RACV President Netta M Griffin
RACV President Netta M Griffin

With more and more people moving to our state, our population  is forecast to reach 10.1 million by 2051, and our economy is expected to remain strong. However, we need to try and ensure that our state can successfully support this growth.

Homes within 30 kilometres of the city remain unaffordable for many Victorians. Yet in Melbourne’s outer greenfields, blocks of land are the second-cheapest among Australia’s capital cities. By 2031, the population of the outer suburbs of Melbourne is forecast to have overtaken the population of Melbourne’s inner and middle suburbs.

With our goal of improving the lives of all Victorians, we want to ensure the outer suburbs of Melbourne are a great place to live, are well connected and have a wide range of options available to meet their transport needs.

With the release of the pre-election Victorian Budget fast approaching, we are calling on the Government to develop and fund an ongoing program of outer-suburban transport projects to address the emerging mobility needs of our growing outer suburbs.

Despite all the exciting innovations in transport technology, including ridesharing platforms and autonomous vehicles, our growing state also needs a quality public transport system as a key pillar of our transport network.

Through our recent On Track Survey we asked Victorians to rate their local train stations. The results show that recently upgraded stations in Melbourne and country Victoria are welcomed by commuters but more needs to be done to improve stations that are straining to support our fast-growing outer suburbs.

Due to Victoria’s rapid population growth, quiet country stations are fast becoming metropolitan commuter stations. Unreliable V/Line services, which are used by regional and outer metropolitan commuters, are often replaced by buses, making city trips for regional commuters a frustrating experience.

As our population grows, a great deal more needs to be done to plan for the future so Victorians can safely, effectively and efficiently get from one place to another, no matter where they live.

Netta M Griffin, President & Chairman of the Board