Can you feel it? Can you feel it?
Read the brand new 4th Victorian Auditor-General’s report: Effectively Planning for Population Growth 2017-18!
Greater Melbourne will grow from 4.6 million to more than 6 million by 2031 (7.7 million VIC-wide).
Yarra, Melbourne, Maribyrnong, Port Phillip and Stonnington council areas will get 14% of that population growth.
The far less well resourced outer greenfield suburbs (Cardinia, Casey, Hume, Melton, Mitchell, Whittlesea and Wyndham), will get 42% of the growth. Poor buggers, their health services, schools, kinders, birthing services and infrastructure are groaning.
While Yarra’s burden is far less than those northern suburbs, our crowded inner suburbs are already feeling it, especially around our tram-line shopping strip streets. Folk are already going crazy: “no parking, too much noise, people, high rise, developers moving in, neighbours moving out, communities breaking apart, wind tunnels, solar overshadowing, high rise monsters and architectural/design schlock etc.” Try ringing people on electioneering ring-arounds – the people do not hold back!
The report predicts between 2016–2031 Yarra Council area will have an increase of 50,001–75,000.
Seems from this writer’s limited North Fitzroy perspective that a lot of the newbies will be in Queens Pde and Smith St areas.
Successive Victorian governments have released Melbourne 2030 (2002) and Plan Melbourne (2014), and the current Plan Melbourne 2017–2050 (released in March 2017). But the Auditor’s Report implies our agencies are still not properly informed of relevant changes, though it notes the current Plan Melbourne 2017–2050 emphasises strategic land use planning to protect Melbourne’s ‘liveability’ and has a whole-of-government policy approach.
Who are we gonna call? Development dispute regulations largely fall under VCAT. How do they work? Who knows. We are told Yarra Council have some plans to think their way through this, but in large part it’s out of their control. First yer’ve gotta know the score, and then you’ve gotta lawyer up. Doesn’t harm to contact Minister for Planning, our very own Richard Wynne MLA.
Now us ALP mob are in favour of low income, diverse, singles, young ones and other randoms coming back to live in these parts. We have a great life and great resources here in Yarra. But we need to change, with style!
Check out the work the Protect Fitzroy North Inc community group activists story.