With an estimated $2.5 billion in projects tied up in the planning system, Regional Cities Victoria (RCV) applauds the State Government's moves to enact the recommendations made by the Victorian Planning System Advisory Committee. The steps will stimulate regional development and create new jobs to support population growth.
According to RCV Chair and Mayor of Wodonga Cr Mark Byatt, the moves taken by the Baillieu Government to reform the planning system are commendable and the reduction of red tape a move in the right direction.
"The Initial Report published today by Minister Guy outlines some key recommendations that need to be enacted as soon as possible. RCV members feel that handing over some decision making to the regions and relying less on a centralised, decision making model, could be one strategy to start clearing VCAT to create investment, economic development and jobs in the regions," Cr Byatt said.
"Recent rises in unemployment and stalling construction in Victoria warrant the slashing of red tape as outlined by the Minister. Regional Cities Victoria believe a true partnership between State and Local Government needs to recognise the role Councils can play to ease the burden on VCAT through a regional decision making model.
"If we had more say in the planning for our region and could approve these projects, we would see instant results in our city and it would give developers more certainty and spur future investment," Cr Byatt said.
In its 11 year history, Regional Cities Victoria has demonstrated a commitment to seeking solutions to the issues that matter in regional Victoria. RCV has consistently worked to increase the liveability of regional centres so populations continue to grow and economic investment remains both strong and sustainable.
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