Laying the foundations for Victoria's infrastructure future

Monday 15 February 2016

From today Victorians can have their say and help shape our state’s future as part of formal consultation to develop a 30-year infrastructure strategy for Victoria.

Infrastructure Victoria CEO Michel Masson said the first phase of consultation was now open for the community to provide feedback on what the 30-year strategy is trying to achieve.

“We are right at the beginning of the consultation process and this stage is about getting the goal right,” Mr Masson said.

“Our discussion paper Laying the Foundations outlines draft objectives for the strategy and we want to know if we’ve got these objectives right, how we could improve them and if we’ve missed anything.

“This stage is about setting goals and identifying challenges and opportunities, rather than jumping to solutions.

“Feedback gained in this phase of consultation will help us refine and confirm our objectives and ensure our strategy development is focussed on the right things.”

Feedback on the draft objectives can be provided through a dedicated consultation portal – yoursay.infrastructurevictoria.com.au -  a series of stakeholder workshops and formal submissions.

Mr Masson said as part of Infrastructure Victoria’s consultation program it would convene two citizen juries – to be held in Melbourne and Shepparton between May and August – to help ensure the views of the community were captured in the strategy.

“We’re keen to see that our strategy reflects what the community views as important,” Mr Masson said.

“We want to work with the community to develop a strategy that Victorians can support and our citizen juries give members of the community a chance to provide direct input.

“It’s a unique and powerful opportunity for people from all walks of life to help shape our future.”

Citizen juries bring together randomly selected people to deliberate on a problem.  Infrastructure Victoria will ask these juries to consider the question: What should we do to meet Victoria’s infrastructure needs?  

Jury members will be sought through a random selection process to ensure a representative, cross-section of people are involved. Like a court jury, they will consider evidence and hear from experts before delivering a verdict. The reports of the juries will be considered by Infrastructure Victoria as a key input into the strategy. The unedited recommendations of both juries will be published on the Infrastructure Victoria website.

‘This is a relatively new and innovative engagement approach that will allow the community to contribute in a really meaningful way and it’s an exciting element of our community consultation program,” Mr Masson said.

Download a copy of Laying the Foundations here, or to learn more about the consultation program and provide feedback on the draft objectives visit yoursay.infrastructurevictoria.com.au