More people are choosing Melbourne as their place of residence. This is expected to continue in the next two decades with some suburbs experiencing a population explosion. According to state government forecast, the increase could be twentyfold.
In the western part of the capital city, for instance, Rockbank and Mount Cottrell only had a population of 3,000 as of 2016. By the next 20 years, these two areas will be home to some 65,000 people.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning has identified 29 suburbs that will double its population by 2036. For this reason, planning experts have expressed concern if infrastructures are in place to meet the population’s demands.
Some areas identified in Melbourne’s west include Melton South, Tarneit, Werribee West, Werribee South, Wyndham Vale and Point Cook South as well Hillside in the north-west. In the nothern part, suburbs include Greenvale/Bulla, Craigieburn West, Mickleham/Yuroke, Wollert and Whittlesea, up to to Wallan. In the south-east, expected to experience population explosion are the suburbs of Cranbourne South, Cranbourne East, Beaconsfield/Officer and Bunyip/Garfield. The inner-city of Melbourne is predicted to follow the same path led by Footscray, Docklands, South Melbourne, the CBD and North Melbourne. Suburbs outside of the fringes set to double their population are Delacombe and Alfredton, in Ballarat, and Grovedale, in Geelong.
Right now, Victoria’s population is at 6.2 million as of 2016 and is expected to grow to 8.7 million by 2036. Melbourne, meanwhile, is foreseen to overtake Sydney as the largest city in Australia with a population of 7 million by 2036.
According to Planning Institute of Australia’s Victorian branch Laura Murray, while the state may not have updated its housing strategies, it still has a lot to offer people wanting to move to the area such as Melbourne. These include a national settlement strategy, affordable housing, new jobs and public transport infrastructure.
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