Melbourne is a growing city. The population of Melbourne is expected to reach 7.7 million by 2051. The State Government has the challenging task of working out the best way to accommodate this growth.
Population growth is occurring across Metropolitan Melbourne, in particular in established inner urban areas like Moonee Valley.
The State Government is directing us to put the population growth in and around busy centres (activity centres), where there are shops, services and access to public transport. View the map towards the end of this page to see where Moonee Valley activity centres are situated.
We are not responsible for this growth. Melbourne’s population is increasing and more people want to live in well-connected inner urban areas like Moonee Valley. The market is driving the growth. Our job is to try and plan for it.
One way we are planning for this growth is through our Municipal Parking Strategy.
The decisions in the parking strategy were not made lightly. We know that many residents will find the changes tough but we had to take action now to reduce the number of cars in our local area as the population continues to grow. All inner urban councils are faced with these challenges and are taking the same approach.
Items in the strategy include:
- New developments no longer get parking permits to park on the street. So if you are moving into the area you either need to purchase a place with parking or not own a car.
- Reducing the number of permits per household. In some areas of Moonee Valley more permits were issues compared to available spaces.
- Being able to purchase a book of 10 temporary parking vouchers for visitors, parities or special occasions.
- A new hierarchy so we can consistently decide how our limited road space should be used and by whom.
- Permits being for an area rather than just one street to help spread demand.
Local Government is not responsible and has no control over public transport. This is under the jurisdiction of the State Government.
We have been advocating strongly to the State Government for transport improvements. We recently opposed the East West Link and have been joining other councils to urge the State Government to spend this money on public transport improvements.
Planning for growth in the busy centres
As Melbourne grows do we want to end up like Sydney or LA, congested with cars, pollution and out of control urban sprawl? Or do we want to try and take a different approach so Melbourne remains affordable, liveable and sustainable.
To achieve this we need to create a city where people live close to shops, services and public transport so they can don’t need to drive everywhere and rely on cars.
Using sustainable transport is not possible for everyone, but we need to start taking the steps to encourage those that can leave their cars at home to start walking, cycling or catching public transport to get around.