Melbourne's population explodes while Shepparton stands still under Labor
Melbourne’s population is continuing to grow out of control, while Daniel Andrews has left regional communities behind.
The most recent population figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that in 2016 Victoria grew by 2.1 per cent – or 123,131 people – with 107,770 of those moving to Melbourne.
These figures indicate that Victoria is the fastest growing state in the nation, however regional and rural areas, such as Shepparton, are not benefitting sufficiently from the population growth.
Just 15,361 people moved to regional communities in Victoria, a growth rate of 1.1 per cent.
Shepparton’s population grew by just 0.5 per cent, with the figures showing that only 268 people moved to the region in the time span of a year.
The Nationals Member for Northern Victoria, Luke O’Sullivan MP, said it was vital that a plan was developed to spread this growth across the state.
“Melbourne is becoming more congested by the day, but Shepparton is clearly experiencing an ongoing standstill,” Mr O’Sullivan said.
“Our regional communities want to grow. Areas like Shepparton want more job opportunities, improved infrastructure and better public transport.
“Regional and rural areas deserve all of the same benefits the city seems to reap from population growth, but the Andrews Labor Government still has no plan to manage Victoria’s growing population.
“Only the Liberal Nationals are speaking to Victorians across the state to develop an inclusive approach to managing our growth so that the entire state can share in the opportunities it brings.”
Through the Liberal Nationals Greater Shepparton Population Policy Taskforce, residents of the area are able to have their say in developing a thorough and considered response to one of the greatest challenges facing Victorians.
To have your say on population growth in Victoria, visit the Victorian Population Policy Taskforce website http://vicpopulation.com.au/have-your-say/