We asked a community panel of more than 200 everyday Victorians for their views on electric and low-emissions cars, in what is thought to be the state’s largest-ever deliberative engagement program.
The panel deliberated over four weeks in a series of virtual workshops and webinars to answer the question of: “How should the Victorian Government support more people to adopt low or zero-emissions vehicles sooner”.
They have endorsed 21 recommendations for Infrastructure Victoria to consider in supporting this transition, which are now publicly available in the “Tackling Victoria’s Transport Emissions” report.
The recommendations included ending the sale of new internal combustion engine vehicles by 2030, advocating for government fleets to use electric cars, community education and awareness campaigns and introducing planning controls that require new developments to install charging infrastructure.
The panel’s findings, along with our own evidence and research, will inform our advice to government on the transition to low and zero emissions vehicles.
We will respond to the recommendations by way of a report that forms part of the update to Victoria’s 30-year Infrastructure Strategy which will be released mid-2021.
Victoria’s Draft 30-Year Infrastructure Strategy
We released Victoria’s Draft 30-Year Infrastructure Strategy on 9 December 2020.
The draft strategy takes an integrated, cross‐sectoral view of infrastructure planning, making 95 draft recommendations to the Victorian Government across both metropolitan and regional Victoria.
It presents a vision for a prosperous, inclusive and sustainable Victoria over the next 30 years, aiming to:
- Confront long-term challenges
- Manage urban change
- Harness infrastructure for productivity and growth, and
- Develop regional Victoria.
Throughout 2020, Victorians have embraced new ways of living and working in the face of significant challenges. As the state emerges from the coronavirus pandemic, the draft strategy includes a dedicated focus on short-term, labour intensive, low cost measures the government should consider to assist Victoria’s social, environmental and economic recovery.
The draft strategy is for all Victorians. As well as outlining the infrastructure needs of Greater Melbourne, it includes 19 recommendations identifying the top infrastructure priorities for Victoria’s nine regions, informed by our latest research, Infrastructure Priorities for the Regions.
All Victorians were invited to provide feedback and help determine the infrastructure recommendations to be included in the final strategy.
Theme 1: Confront long-term challenges
Theme 2: Manage urban change
Theme 4: Develop regional Victoria
Tackling Victoria’s transport emissions: community panel
Expressions of interest to take part in Infrastructure Victoria’s community panel have now closed.
Thank you to everyone who registered.
About the 30-year infrastructure strategy
In 2016 we developed Victoria’s first ever 30-year infrastructure strategy. This statewide, evidence-based strategy covers all types of infrastructure and was developed in consultation with stakeholders and the community. Many of these recommendations have since been adopted by the Victorian Government.
In the four years since the first strategy was published, Infrastructure Victoria has conducted a wide range of additional research, analysis and consultation.
In April 2019, we published Growing Victoria’s Potential which examined the challenges and opportunities of Victoria’s population growth. The research includes an examination of the cost of infrastructure provision in different development settings and regional and metropolitan profiles which outline the unique strengths and challenges in different parts of Victoria.
To help inform our understanding of density done well, we asked community members from Footscray, Camberwell and Heidelberg, ‘what makes an area a great place?’. The findings reveal that across these three suburbs, residents are willing to embrace greater urban density if the area has good access to public transport, quality urban design, plenty of green open space, and walking and cycling options. Melburnians of all ages want to live in homes that range from houses, townhouses and apartments, which can be possible if density is done well.
In September 2020, Infrastructure Victoria released Fair Move: Better Public Transport Fares for Melbourne which shows how we can make Melbourne’s public transport system cheaper, safer and fairer and supports our ongoing research into the benefits of transport network pricing. The report makes 13 recommendations to the Victorian Government to be implemented within the next five years.
View our Resources page to read our latest reports.
Or you can learn more about the 2016 30-year infrastructure strategy here.