O'Brien Takes on Decentralisation Role
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien has been appointed to a key regional development policy role within the Liberal-Nationals Coalition.
Mr O’Brien was recently appointed the Deputy Chair of the Coalition’s Population Policy Taskforce which will develop decentralisation policies ahead of the next election in 2018.
“I am delighted to have been chosen for this important role on the taskforce which will help develop policies for the Victorian Liberal-Nationals Coalition to rebalance population across our state.
“This idea is a no-brainer. We have Melbourne bursting at the seams and its liveability threatened by population growth and yet regional parts of the state are crying out for jobs, investment and additional population.
“Together with the Chair, Member for Kew, Tim Smith, I will be travelling the state over the coming months undertaking forums and listening to people from all walks of life.
“The Liberal-Nationals Coalition understands that population policy affects every facet of Victorian life from health to education, roads, transport and jobs.
“We have 100,000 people coming to Victoria every year, the highest number of any state, yet almost all of them are settling in either Melbourne or Geelong.
“We need to rebalance this population increase and ensure that country Victoria gets its share and has opportunities for growth in the future.”
Mr O’Brien said all ideas are currently on the table including boosts to transport and rail infrastructure, economic incentives and potential planning changes.
“We are determined to make sure that our state’s growth is balanced and that we become a state of cities, not a city-state.
“The Andrews Labor Government has no plans beyond the tram tracks and we are ensuring that we put in place policy for the next 30 years, not the next three years.
“I know the biggest issue in my electorate is roads and it is significant investment in improving this sort of infrastructure that will help make our regions more attractive to people and businesses, but there is so much more that we can consider.
“I look forward to playing a key role in developing these policies for the Victorian Coalition.”
More information on the taskforce can be found at www.vicpopulation.com.au.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien (2nd from left), at the first Liberal-Nationals Victorian Population Policy Taskforce forum, held in Shepparton this week.