Hundreds have their say on Victoria's 30-year strategy

Thursday 21 April 2016

Infrastructure Victoria received hundreds of responses from the community during its first consultation on the development Victoria’s 30-year infrastructure strategy.

Infrastructure Victoria today released its consultation report We Hear You which outlines how feedback received during the consultation period had helped shaped development of the 30-year strategy.

Infrastructure Victoria CEO Michel Masson said feedback had been invaluable in helping to define the vision and goal of the strategy.

“After we released the discussion paper Laying the foundations we received 126 formal submissions and more than 500 comments and survey responses during our month-long public consultation in February and March,” Mr Masson said.

“We are delighted so many people – including government, private sector stakeholders and the broader community – are supportive of an independent and evidence-based infrastructure strategy for Victoria,” he said.

Mr Masson said the community response was overwhelmingly positive and demonstrated there was much support for a long-term, statewide and cross-sector approach to infrastructure planning.

“More than 90 per cent of formal submissions supported the proposed strategic framework.

“It was particularly pleasing to see support for the idea of building new infrastructure as a last resort and for the broader notion that good infrastructure isn’t an end in itself, but should deliver better social, economic and environmental outcomes,” he said. 

The next phase of public consultation on the 30-year infrastructure strategy will begin in May, with the release of a discussion paper which outlines options for meeting Victoria’s infrastructure needs.

As part of this phase of consultation, Infrastructure Victoria will be running two citizen juries which will see members of the community deliberating over how best to meet Victoria’s future infrastructure needs.

Click here to download We Hear You.

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