Population Taskforce to boost Country Victoria

Member for Gippsland South Danny O'Brien says the Liberal-Nationals Coalition will boost country Victoria through a new Victorian Population Policy Taskforce announced today.

Mr O’Brien welcomed the announcement of the new Taskforce by Opposition Leader Matthew Guy and said creating a workable population policy to decentralise the state was a great step forward.

“Victoria is growing at an unprecedented rate of over 100,000 people a year, but 92,000 of those people are settling in Melbourne.

“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. 

“This is a win-win for city and country areas.  Anyone who has travelled to Melbourne in recent years knows that congestion and overcrowding is crippling its liveability, while in country areas we’re crying out for population and economic growth.

“It’s great to see a proactive population policy is being developed by the Liberal-Nationals in stark contrast to the city-centric approach of the Melbourne Labor Government.

“We need jobs, infrastructure investment and services to make our country areas strong and this Population Taskforce will give us the policy tools to deliver.”

Mr O’Brien said the population taskforce would consider a range of policies including incentives to attract businesses and jobs to country areas.  It will be holding regional forums to hear views from local people to help shape the policy.

The population taskforce will be chaired by Member for Kew, Tim Smith, with The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy as vice-chair.

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


The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien says Gippsland towns will benefit from the Liberal-Nationals’ decentralisation agenda.


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