RCV Revised 2020-21 State Budget Submission

Regional Cities Victoria has released its revised submission to the 2020-21 state budget, which is focused on policies and targeted initiatives that will support their communities through both the response and recovery phases of the COVID-19 crisis.

RCV has identified five key areas that are critical to aiding the recovery of regional economies:

IMPROVING INFRASTRUCTURE DELIVERY

  • $7.5 million to implement the Small Business Better Approvals program across planning and building approvals.
  • $2 million per annum for the expansion and continuation of the Streamlining for Growth Program and implementation of PSP 2.0.
  • A low-cost loan scheme, similar to the successful Community Sports Infrastructure Loans Scheme, to finance enabling infrastructure for regional housing developments, and business and employment precincts.

 

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

  • Additional direct investment by State Government in housing stock, with some funds specifically allocated to regional municipalities.
  • Support to implement affordable housing provision through planning schemes, including enabling fast track planning processes.
  • Commitment of additional rental assistance to Registered Housing Providers, so that the private sector can fund, build and own, and then lease to RHPs to manage.

 

DIGITAL CONNECTIVITY

Further investment of $100 million in digital and telecommunications infrastructure through the Connecting Regional Communities Program, including:

  • Free Wi-Fi in all regional cities
  • Free Wi-Fi on all regional trains.
  • Continued roll-out of the Mobile Blackspot Program across regional and rural Victoria.

 

WASTE MANAGEMENT

  • Consultation with RCV councils on the location of recycling and resource recovery infrastructure in regional Victoria; and
  • Consultation with local governments in relation to the use of the Municipal and Industrial Landfill Levy to ensure stronger sustainability outcomes for local communities.

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCING

  • Support the RCV business case with a $2 million commitment to establish the proposed Treasury Shared Service model.

 

Download a copy of the revised RCV’s 2020-21 State Budget Submission here.

 

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