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Victorian Greens vague in countering Brumby's VC71 'Big Victoria Manifesto'

Victoria - the place to be? - for bloody whom?


Clearly, the Victorian Brumby Government is hell bent on accommodating immigration hoards regardless of triple-bottom line impacts. The Brumby Government changes to the Victorian State Planning Policy Framework – Amendment VC71, are summarised by Chairman Brumby's growthist mates up at the Property Council on its website.

This is Chairman Brumby's Big Victoria manifesto. He has set up a Growth Areas Authority to prepare Melbourne and its fringes rural areas for "new residential
communities and new employment areas"
, to "increase consistency and certainty in growth area planning".

Chairman Brumby's Melbourne @ 5 Million ruling proclaims creation of a multi-centre city through six new Central Activities Districts in Box Hill, Broadmeadows, Dandenong, Footscray, Frankston and Ringwood" and "expansion of the outer Melbourne Urban Growth Boundary to accommodate some of the 284,000 new dwellings". Perhaps Brumby's next demographic phase of his cultural revolution will be to rename his six new Central Activities Districts in Box Hill, Broadmeadows, Dandenong, Footscray, Frankston and Ringwood respectively 'New Guangzhou', 'New Shenzhen', 'New Nanjing', 'New Chanchun', 'New Qingdao' and 'New Chengdu'.

True-to-form Chairman Brumby's 20th Century growthist mindset shows contempt for socio-ecological quality standards. The bottom line outcomes for a Big Victoria are made starkly clear.

Victoria - the place to be?

Meanwhile, the Victorian Greens are tokenly supportive of triple bottom line principles and the desire for limits on urban growth. But true to form, their policy offering remains idealistic and motherhood, with no shovel-ready strategy nor costed programmes. They may aspire to socio-ecological quality standards, but are the triple bottom line outcomes for a Livable Victoria are starkly missing. The Victorian Greens profess a Land Use Planning policy (see below) and that is where the Victorian Greens contribution to Victorians seems to stop.


Brumby's VC71 'Big Victoria Manifesto'

(summarised by the Property Council)

VC71 replaces Clauses 10 to 19 of the SPPF and has enshrined Labor Government policies such as:

1. Introduce the policies of Melbourne @ 5 Million, shaping the growth of Melbourne through the following key principles:
* multi-centred city structure and employment corridors policies to the development of Melbourne; and
* an Activity Centre hierarchy including Central Activity Districts and the network of activity centre, while also updating the Activity Centres and Principal Public Transport Network (2010)

2. Recognise the importance of ensuring that sufficient urban land is available to meet forecast demand.

3. Confirm a minimum of 15 dwellings per net developable hectare as the average residential densities for growth areas.

4. Solidify the role of Growth Area Framework Plans, and introduce a new clause on the sequencing of development in growth areas.

5. Outline the objectives for Precinct Structure Planning.

6. Recognise the importance of the Western Plains Grasslands and Grassy Eucalypt Woodland to the protection of native habitat and biodiversity.

7. Identify the Beveridge Intermodal Freight Terminal.

8. Consolidate policies on housing in an updated housing policy to reflect the
Victorian Integrated Housing Strategy, including additional detail on strategic development site, affordable housing, crisis accommodation, rural residential development and residential aged care.

9. Increase the focus on integrated transport and land use planning, with reference to the Victorian Transport Plan (2008).

10. Reflect existing Victorian Government strategies and reference the following (Big Victoria Manifesto) documents:

* Melbourne 2010: A Planning update to Melbourne @ 5 Million (2008);
* Precinct Structure Planning Guidelines (Growth Areas Authority, 2009);
* Ready for Tomorrow - A Blueprint for Regional and Rural Victoria (2010).

"ready for tomorrow"...for whom?


Message:

Melbourne's 'most liable city' reputation was once was the envy of the world!
But Brumby is proclaiming - bugger the incumbents and ignore the society and lifestyle that Melbournians have built over generations. If you're from an impoverished underdeveloped country and seeking a better life then sure

Victoria is the place to be...for immigrants!


Meanwhile, the Victorian Greens Land Use Planning Policy reads as follows:

Victorian Greens Policy on Land Use Planning

1. Background

1. Low-density cities are expensive to service with transport and utilities, and they are vulnerable to oil price rises and interruptions to oil supply. Buildings and transport in Victoria’s cities emit a high level of greenhouse gases. New homes in Melbourne are on average the largest in the world and lack ecologically sustainable design features.

2. The spread of low-density urban development is eroding horticultural and agricultural land, and destroying bio-diversity. Traffic congestion, air pollution, noise, and visual pollution are degrading the quality of life in our cities. Some of Melbourne’s older suburbs lack sufficient public open space.

3. There is a lack of certainty and direction in the management of urban development, creating conflicts between developers and residents and threatening our heritage buildings.

4. The rapid growth of Melbourne is putting upward pressure on house prices, while many of our smaller regional cities and towns are stagnating or shrinking. Urban development is threatening to destroy the amenity of coastal areas such as the Surf Coast.

5. There are limited employment opportunities in our regional cities and towns.

2. Principles

The Australian Greens Victoria believe that:

1. All planning decisions should give greater weight to environmental factors, to deliver sustainable, human-scaled, livable communities that are easy to get around.

2. Local communities and governments need ongoing, substantive, and meaningful opportunities to participate in planning decision-making.

3. Many urban areas need more open space and habitat for native plants and animals, requiring rigorous planning and regulatory support.

3. Goals

The Australian Greens Victoria will work towards:

1. Well-integrated, prosperous, richly interactive, sociable communities, living within our means without borrowing from future generations.

2. Planning certainty which provides clarity and protection to land owners, communities and the environment, across all zones.

3. Victorian Planning Provisions which go beyond just protection and conservation of biodiversity and natural systems, to facilitating their extension and improvement.

4. Native vegetation protected, maintained and enhanced for its biodiversity values, through stronger planning scheme provisions, reform of the native vegetation framework, and the funding of an independent ombudsman advocate for the environment.

5. The maintenance of Melbourne’s existing (2005) Urban Growth Boundary.

6. Decentralisation incentives to industry, commence, and service providers (especially in the Health sector), to take the pressure off Greater Melbourne and create regional jobs by further developing Victoria’s large and medium-sized regional cities and townships.

7. The protection of rural and agricultural areas adjoining regional and rural townships, by creating township urban growth boundaries.

8. Public lands and assets, including public open space, being protected from alienation or inappropriate commercial development.

9. Protection of heritage buildings and streetscapes.

10. Mixed use medium density residential, commercial, office and (where appropriate) industrial development being increased in regional centres, small towns and suburban centres, with convenient access to frequent public transport.

11. Greenfield/brownfield land being converted to urban uses only after public transport (electrified rail, tram or bus) construction has been factored into the land development pricing along with local/state government partnerships.

12. Public open space usable for recreation activities being provided within accessible walking distance (400m) of all dwellings in urban areas.

13. The form of the landscape, streetscapes and gardens of public value being protected, and where new public space is introduced, conducting remediation of damaged landscape by planting that enhances biodiversity.

14. Governance of all local planning decisions undertaken by local councils, within a statewide framework.

15. The provision of Community Engagement Frameworks mandated to be part of all Municipal Strategic Statements (MSS).

16. VCAT's role reverting to being an administrative appeals body only, rather than a planning authority.

17. Ministerial amendments and permits being required to follow the same public processes as all other responsible authorities.

4. Key Priorities

The Australian Greens Victoria will work towards:

1. Reforming Victoria’s planning schemes to provide more prescriptive guidance in the development of commercial, residential and rural zones, which is based on thorough detailed description and needs-based research.

2. Increasing state budget rural and regional allocations in percentage terms to stimulate jobs, investment and population in these areas.

3. Creating a permanent green belt around Melbourne’s Urban Growth Boundary.

4. Introducing Urban Growth Boundaries around regional/rural townships.

5. Reviewing the Central Activity District classification of Broadmeadows, Frankston and Ringwood.

6. Prescribing a minimum density of 40 dwellings per hectare (gross) for residential developments within 400 metres of railway stations in nominated activity centres.

7. Prescribing a minimum average density of 20 dwellings per hectare (gross) for residential development on land within Melbourne’s growth corridors.

8. Reforming the native vegetation framework, to effectively protect existing native vegetation and reverse the current destruction of Victoria’s biodiversity.

9. Conducting a public inquiry into heritage protection in Victoria, and restoring third party objection and appeal rights to Heritage Victoria decisions.

10. Strengthening the Environmental Effects Statement process, to enable proposals that result in a loss of bio-diversity or a reduction of the areas of parks and reserves to be blocked.

11. Incorporating land use provisions of Catchment Management Authorities’ catchment plans into Victoria’s Planning Schemes.

12. Auditing all public land, and creating a public assessment process to be used prior to any alienation or change of use of public land.

13. Requiring all planning scheme amendments, including Ministerial amendments, to be exhibited with a provision enabling the Minister to exhibit interim or emergency controls immediately after amending the planning scheme.

14. Mandating responsible authorities to enforce planning permits and prosecute breaches of the Planning and Environment Act.

Source: http://vic.greens.org.au/policies/land-use-planning

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Comments

According to the Skilled Migrants - Live in Victoria website:

"Skill shortages in many industries and sectors in Victoria allow skilled migrants to take advantage of a range of employment opportunities".

What about young citizens who have done pre-apprenticeship courses at TAFE, as their own expense, and can't find positions to fulfill their apprenticeships? There just aren't enough positions. Why bring in skilled tradespeople and callously by-pass our own youth trying to make a start in life?

"There is a range of pathways to permanent residence for people who want to live and work in Melbourne and regional Victoria including independent visas, state and territory nominated visas, family sponsored visas, and employer sponsored visas".

Yes, exactly, it is easier for employers to sponsor a foreigner than to train an apprentice or trainee! Foreign students are preferred because they are compliant, cheap and flexible. It is too easy to come an live in Australia! Citizenship is for sale.

"The Victorian Government supports skilled migrants through free state visa sponsorship. State sponsorship gives eligible applicants additional points towards the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC)’s General Skilled Migration points test, making it easier to obtain provisional and permanent visas".

Victoria has the highest youth unemployment in the country. Melbourne's north-west achieved a dubious distinction in the latest unemployment data - it has the worst youth unemployment rate in Victoria. Victoria now has the worst youth unemployment rate in the country at 28 per cent.
Wrong sort of record to set on young jobless

With rising homelessness and unemployment, Victoria should not be advertising for more people from overseas!