HIA REPORT ENDORSES VICTORIA’S PLANS TO MANAGE GROWTH

Posted on 08. Jun, 2010 in Victoria

Planning Minister Justin Madden today welcomed the Housing Industry Association’s Population and Residential Building Hotspots report which identified Melbourne’s growth areas as the top building hotspots in Australia.

Mr Madden said the report showed Whittlesea North had the highest level of population growth in Australia for 2008/09 with Wyndham South, Pakenham and Melton East also in the top five.  These areas also had $1.29 billion in residential building approvals over the same period.

“The HIA report shows that the Brumby Labor Government’s plan for managing growth, Melbourne @ 5 million, is working and that we are leading the nation in meeting increased demand for housing and land supply,” Mr Madden said.

“Melbourne @ 5 Million identified the need for 600,000 more dwellings over the next 20 years, with clear planning strategies to create 284,000 dwellings in growth areas and a further 316,000  in existing areas.

“Today’s news is proof that Victoria’s strategy to manage growth sustainably is working effectively and that we are delivering on our strategy to increase affordable housing while protecting our enviable lifestyle.”

Mr Madden said the Housing Industry Association report showed that:

  • Whittlesea North is the nation’s leading hotspot for population growth (18.3%) and residential building approvals ($484 million);
  • Wyndham South, Pakenham and Melton East are also some of the state’s strongest areas; and
  • Docklands and Southbank had $335.1 million worth of high-density residential building approved.

“This level of building activity shows that people are responding to the two-pronged approach of expansion and increased density in creating new housing options,” Mr Madden said.

“I have consistently said that Victoria has led the way in responding to the population boom by having a sound Urban Development Program and a robust planning process.

“Victoria’s planning process has been the envy of other States for many years and the Victorian Government will continue to deliver on our carefully considered plans for protecting our lifestyle and managing population growth.”

Mr Madden acknowledged the work the local councils in these growth areas and the Growth Areas Authority had undertaken in their responsiveness to Melbourne @ 5 million.

“Melbourne’s population grew by more than 100,000 in the last financial year with the biggest growth in Wyndham, Casey, Melton, Whittlesea and Hume, our growth suburbs,” he said.

“This level of forward planning has not only secured much needed housing and community infrastructure but has also provided certainty for the development and construction industries during the global financial crisis.”

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