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Getting to the root of Victoria’s tree canopy struggle

Our tree canopies are struggling for space with small lots, renovated homes, new townhouses and apartment blocks, all of which are accommodating Victoria’s growing population. When we use the word ‘infrastructure’, we’re not just talking about roads and buildings. Environmental infrastructure can refer to parks, green open spaces and corridors, woodlands, open countryside, sporting fields […]

Second-hand electric car market could drive down prices

Powering government, private and rideshare fleets with electric cars could unlock a second-hand market and make them more accessible for everyday Victorians, a community panel has recommended. Accessibility and affordability were two of the key barriers to electric car uptake that 211 everyday Victorians discussed in response to the question of: “How should the Victorian […]

Community panel looks to drive down Victoria’s vehicle emissions

Ways to speed up Victoria’s switch to low and zero emissions vehicles have been identified in the state’s largest ever deliberative engagement [i] program, commissioned by Infrastructure Victoria. A community panel of 211 Victorians took part in a month-long virtual workshop series to answer the question of: “How should the Victorian Government support more people […]

Renewable energy generation and future-proofing homes as Victoria’s climate changes

As we’ve sweltered and shivered through an indecisive summer, Victoria’s weather continues to keep forecasters on their toes.  But the question of whether to take a jacket to brunch is far from our most pressing concern. The recent heat and extreme weather is a timely reminder of Victoria’s changing climate, and that our infrastructure needs […]

How cycling to work could wheely help our city

Encouraging more people to travel around inner Melbourne by bike or on foot is a key driver in getting the city moving again…pardon the pun.  Cycling and walking are great for health and wellbeing. Doing either for just 30 minutes a day, five days a week, can significantly reduce the disease burden from physical inactivity. But there also […]

Flexible work times, protected bike lanes and permanent off-peak fares can cut congestion and get Melbourne moving safely again

Flexible start and finish times, safer cycling infrastructure, permanently cheaper fares for buses and off-peak travel are needed to reduce Melbourne’s worsening congestion and get Melbourne moving again as workers return to the city. New modelling by the state’s independent infrastructure body shows congestion in inner Melbourne could reduce average vehicle speeds by 20-30% compared […]

Improving resilience in the face of emergencies

Summer is here, and with it brings hot days, extreme weather and an increased risk of bushfire.   This year more than ever we have seen just how important it is for Victoria’s infrastructure to be resilient in the face of emergencies and disasters, such as bushfires, floods and the COVID-19 pandemic.  Keeping communities safe and functioning during emergencies and disasters is […]

Victoria’s circular, zero-waste future explained

We’re sure you’ve heard the term ‘Circular Economy’ a few times this year. But what does it actually mean?  A circular economy is all about avoiding waste by reusing and recycling, which can significantly reduce the environmental impacts of production and consumption.  By creating a circular economy, Victoria can manage its own waste and develop a thriving […]

Infrastructure strategy prepares Victoria for transformative change

Victorians will need to continue to embrace new ways of living and working in the face of significant technological and environmental disruption, according to Infrastructure Victoria’s draft 30-year strategy released today. Infrastructure Victoria Chief Executive Michel Masson said Victoria can recover from the shocks of 2020 and meet future challenges by planning for change and […]

What will it take to move Victorians away from petrol and diesel to power our cars?

Infrastructure Victoria is convening an online community panel to consider what measures are needed to move Victorians away from petrol- and diesel-powered vehicles. The independent infrastructure advisory body is calling for 450 ‘everyday’ Victorians to participate in an online community panel which will inform recommendations to be included in the state’s updated 30-year infrastructure strategy, […]

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