State of cities: Population commission pledge

A PLEDGE from the state Coalition to establish a population commission is a step towards revitalising regional areas, such as Swan Hill, says Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh. 

Opposition Leader Matthew Guy announced the plan last Thursday, promising action on the state's unmanaged population growth, if voters elect the Coalition at the November election. 

A population commission is a step towards revitalising regional areas, such as Swan Hill, says Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh.

A population commission is a step towards revitalising regional areas, such as Swan Hill, says Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh.

The population commission would work across the state and federal governments to assess and determine the likely population levels for Victoria for the years 2025, 2030, and every decade until 2100. 

Mr Guy said while the state needed population growth, it needed to be "the right growth in the right places at the right time". 

"The time for talk fests are over," he said. 

"If we don't take action now Melbourne will go from the world's most liveable city to an urban claustrophobia."

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