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 to know if stakeholders and the community agree", Michel Masson, CEO of Infrastructure Victoria, said in a recent newsletter.

The 10 objectives are:  Prepare for population change; Foster healthy, safe and inclusive communities; Reduce disadvantage; Enable workforce participation; Lift productivity; Drive Victoria's changing, globally integrated economy; Promote sustainable production and consumption; Protect and enhance natural environments; Advance climate change mitigation and adaptation; Building resilience to shocks.

The state-owned research house is seeing stakeholder feedback on the strategy's objectives through a survey on the Infrastructure Victoria website by Friday 3rd of August.

Regional Infrastructure needs will also benefit from a focused regional engagement round in order to 'deepen [the] understanding about each region's economic, social and environmental strengths and challenges' according to Infrastructure Victoria.

The research is aiming to develop profiles that use the latest data to build an evidence base of the context for each of Victoria's regions to inform the identification of infrastructure needs.  Dates and times are yet to be determined.

Infrastructure Victoria is also set to publish the evidence base that will underpin the advice it gives to the state government on what infrastructure may be required to enable highly automated and zero emissions vehicles.  

"The evidence base will include all technical reports commissioned for the advice, all documents will be available on our website," Michel Masson said.

A series of information sessions will be held on August 16th where Infrastructure Victoria will provide an overview of the key findings from the technical work.  A Q&A session will also feature on the day.

There are three sessions and interested parties can register on eventbrite.com.au 

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