Arterial road funding a win for growth areas

The Property Council has welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement of major road funding for growth areas.

Property Council Victorian Executive Director, Sally Capp, said the $1.8 billion investment for outer western roads was essential for livability in our new suburban areas. “Melbourne’s growth areas do not enjoy the same standards of infrastructure as our established suburbs.

“The Property Council recommended in 2015 the Government establish a Growth Areas Road Transport Fund to reverse the infrastructure deficit. We are delighted the Government has adopted our recommendation.

“Infrastructure provision is essential in growth areas to ensure Melbournians enjoy the best living standards.

“Failure to do so runs the risk of Melbourne becoming a city defined by social dislocation whereby the inner suburbs enjoy Australia’s fines living standards and the outer suburbs epitomise our worst.

In addition to road funding, the Property Council urges government to also invest in public transport in growth areas and to seek innovative solutions for the provision of community infrastructure.

“Growth Management is a key priority for our city. It is essential that our outer areas have the social and economic infrastructure they need to flourish” said Ms Capp.

Media contact: Asher Judah | M 0499 841 715 | E ajudah@propertycouncil.com.au