Policy

Victorian opposition continues its run of public transport announcements

Hot on the heels of announcing that, if elected at the Victorian state election in November, a new Liberal-National government would extend the Cranbourne line to Clyde , the Victorian opposition has further announced another railway electrification and upgrade project to Baxter. Extending the Frankston line to Baxter would include duplicating existing Stony Point line track, electrifying it and adding two stations at Frankston east and...

Better population projection is good, but implementing better transport policies would be better

Comment Accurately projecting population growth in order for Governments to plan better for our cities and regions won't mean much if at the end of the day local electorate politics trumps region-wide progress. WA Senator Dean Smith led the ABC's National Wrap program on Sunday night and as host Andrew Probyn said in the opening remarks, the Senator wishes to start a national conversation on population growth. The Senator said the population...

Victoria's Inclusionary Housing Pilot one step closer, works to extend Cranbourne and Pakenham platforms kick off

The Victorian Government has announced planning changes in order to move forward with its Inclusionary Housing Pilot that will deliver 100 new social housing dwellings and works to update ageing rail infrastructure in Melbourne's south-east will throw up another round of train replacements. Victorian Planning Minister, Richard Wynne, announced amendments to local planning schemes for four different sites in Boronia, Broadmeadows, Parkville and...

Victorian opposition commits to extending Cranbourne line if elected in November

Victorian Liberal opposition leader Matthew Guy has promised that if elected to government in November, he would pursue an extension project for the Cranbourne line to Clyde in Melbourne's outer south-east. Matthew Guy announced that a price tag of $457 million is what it would cost to extend a dual track railway south-east from the current terminus at Cranbourne to Clyde with two new stations, one at Cranbourne East and a new terminus at Clyde...

Infrastructure Victoria begins its first update to the state's 30 year strategy

Infrastructure Victoria has today begun consultation on its first update to the state's 30 year infrastructure strategy that was first unveiled in late 2016. The first step in the update process, that will run over the next 18 months, is to confirm strategy objectives, IV says. "The objectives for the first strategy were developed through close consultation with stakeholders and the community. We think they are just as relevant today but we need...

Geelong's emergence bolstered by Revitalising Central Geelong

The Revitalising Central Geelong Partnership Team is shining a spotlight upon the increasing number of high density projects within Geelong's core. City of Greater Geelong has teamed with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to create the Revitalising Central Geelong Partnership Team which in turn has freshly released a new document designed to push Geelong's development credentials. Dubbed 'Central Geelong: Invest in the...

Infrastructure South Australia legislation introduced to SA parliament

The new South Australian Marshall Government has introduced legislation that will set up a new statutory body called Infrastructure South Australia. The new body will have responsibility for four key activities including devising a long-term infrastructure plan and managing the oversight of all projects with a capital value greater than $50 million. Infrastructure SA will also be responsible for developing annual 'Capital Intention Statements'...

NSW Budget allocates $3 billion for Sydney's Western Metro

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet has handed down 2018's state budget which will see the state's massive education and transport infrastructure bonanza continue. In common with other states and the federal government, much of the big ticket items have already been announced prior to the budget speech. They included, among may things, money to kick start converting Sydney Train's existing lines to use a 'digital signalling platform'. However,...

Infrastructure Australia argues for greater federal investments in state and territory infrastructure

Infrastructure Australia has released a new report titled Making Reform Happen and it argues the Federal Government, who holds most of the purse strings across Australia's three tiers of Government, should make additional investments - over and above existing commitments - in return for delivery of reforms. One of the highest priority recommendations from IA is that Canberra should establish mechanisms that link and provide additional...

Victoria's new local government bill introduced to state parliament

Victoria's Minister for Local Government, Marlene Kairouz, has introduced the new Local Government bill 2018 be which, if passed, will repeal some legislation relating to local governments and amend other acts. The new bill would repeal the City of Greater Geelong Act 1993, amend the City of Melbourne Act 2001, the Local Government Act 1989 and the Victorian Grants Commission Act 1976. Spring Street is characterising the new bill as one that...

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