Media Release

23 November 2018

Davis: Liberal Nationals to protect and preserve liveability

Friday 25 November 2018

Liberal Nationals to protect and preserve liveability

Daniel Andrews has lost control of our population growth and is putting our liveability at risk.

The massive population growth Melbourne has experienced in recent years is straining our services and badly impacting our quality of life. Daniel Andrews has no plan to guard or protect our quality of life.

He has allowed our liveability to deteriorate with increased crime, congestion and overcrowding on our public transport.

A Liberal Nationals Government will therefore commission the development of a reliable and ongoing index of Melbourne’s liveability, as well as a formal review to examine what legislative or regulatory changes may be needed to strengthen heritage protections and ensure adequate public open space.

Melbourne’s new liveability index will provide points of reference for quality of life that can be compared with other chosen cities. Once established, the index will also be adapted for Victorian regional cities.

The Liberal Nationals’ proposed heritage and open space review will examine whether the current approach of assessing the heritage value of properties or sites takes too narrow a view about significance, by looking only at history, architecture or archaeology.

It will also look at whether the system of planning for open space, which has largely been left to councils, is fit for purpose, given that most Councils are struggling to provide adequate facilities to meet the needs of their growing communities.

We have already announced that a Liberal Nationals Government will restore the originally intended protections afforded by Neighbourhood and General Residential Zones, and revoking Labor’s disastrous VC110 planning scheme amendment, under which Labor aims to force densification of residential neighbourhoods against the wishes of local communities.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Planning, David Davis:

“Parks, playgrounds and sports grounds are all important for the liveability of our neighbourhoods.

But so are street trees and streetscapes, nature conservation reserves, community gardens, school grounds and green open areas around buildings.

Labor’s approach to the forced densification of Melbourne has ignored the need for open space.”