Victorian councils call for population strategy

The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has called on all political parties to work with Local Government to improve liveability and support stronger communities ahead of the State election in November.

The Association has identified 42 policy changes and funding proposals outlined in its Call to Parties, which it is asking each political party contesting the November state election to commit to.

MAV President, Councillor Mary Lalios, said, “We have the fastest growth in Australia, with more than 300 new residents calling Victoria home every day.

“One of the key commitments we seek from political parties is a population strategy to 2050.”

Cr Lalios said that with the right support, local government could be more effective as a key partner to deliver a better future for all Victorians, regardless of where they live.

“It’s a crucial missing policy to guide long-term prosperity for our regions and reduce the impacts of Melbourne’s population boom to retain our status as the world’s most liveable city.

“A population strategy would also help all levels of government to work together to ensure services and infrastructure are provided where and when communities need them.”