The Nationals Population Decentralisation Gippsland South

Regional population at a standstill under Labor

Recent population figures confirm Melbourne’s population is growing out of control, while regional communities continue to suffer.

Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) last week show that Victoria grew by 2.1 per cent, or 123,131 people, over the last financial year, with 107,770 of those people settling in Melbourne.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, says while disappointed, he is not surprised.

“We need jobs, infrastructure investment and services to make our country areas strong and Labor isn’t providing that.”

In November last year, Mr O’Brien was appointed Deputy Chair of the Liberal-Nationals Coalition’s Victorian Population Policy Taskforce.

Mr O'Brien says the Coalition will boost country Victoria through the taskforce which has been conducting regional forums around the state to hear views from local people to help shape policy.

“Having a workable population policy to decentralise the state is crucial to solving Victoria’s population crisis.

“Greater Melbourne currently makes up 76.5 per cent of Victoria’s total population and that figure is rising.

 “We need to regionalise our growth and ensure that it is spread throughout the state, in particular ensuring there are jobs and opportunity available for those who live in the country.”

Mr O’Brien said the population taskforce is considering a range of ideas including incentives to attract businesses and jobs to country areas.

The Population Policy Taskforce interim findings will be released in coming months.

The Taskforce members and further details about how you can have your say can be found on the www.vicpopulation.com.au website.

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Caption: The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, attending a forum in Shepperton in his role as Deputy Chair of the Coalition’s Victorian Population Policy 

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