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01
Nov
2018

Protecting our suburbs and liveability

Daniel Andrews and Labor have lost control of population growth in many of our beachside suburbs.

Population growth is especially out of control in the beachside suburbs of the City of Kingston and City of Frankston where overdevelopment is killing the liveability of the area.

That’s why an elected Liberal Nationals government will introduce mandatory height controls in areas of our beachside suburbs to get back in control of Labor’s unplanned, unmanaged population growth.

Daniel Andrews says we have to accept that Melbourne’s population will hit 8 million people in the next three decades. He thinks we can fit another 3 million people into Melbourne’s suburbs. I don’t accept that.

As Premier I will get back in control of population growth.

An elected Liberal Nationals government will get back in control of population growth by working with both local governments to introduce Neighbourhood Residential Zones with mandatory 8 metre (two storey) height controls in residential areas along the foreshore area between Mentone and Kananook Creek. It is expected that the height controls would apply to the residential areas between the beach and the railway line and the area south of Seaford Road will be subject to consultation with the council and consistent with their structure plans.

In consultation with both local governments and the community we will get back in control of overdevelopment and reverse Daniel Andrews’ agenda of forced densification. The introduction of Neighbourhood Residential Zones in these areas will also include the protection of a two dwelling cap for these areas.

Daniel Andrews and Labor’s 10 metre-plus high Sky Rail construction along the Frankston rail line has raised expectations of developers to get inappropriate high rise projects approved along the beautiful foreshore areas.

This is leading to even more out of control overdevelopment.

Instead of taking action to protect their communities, local Labor candidates like Paul Edbrooke, Sonya Kilkenny and Tim Richardson are standing by and letting it happen.

The only way for residents in these beachside areas to take back control of their suburbs is by voting for their local Liberal candidate.

Mandatory 8 metre height controls will prevent more overdevelopment that would ruin the liveability of the area.

Daniel Andrews and Labor want to keep the current discretionary height controls which means more of the same unplanned, unmanaged high rise apartments along our beachside suburbs.

This is another part of our strategic and comprehensive plan to decentralise our population across all of Victoria so we are a state of cities rather than a city state.

Only a Liberal Nationals government will ease the population squeeze in suburbs like Mentone, Parkdale, Mordialloc, Aspendale, Edithvale, Chelsea, Bonbeach, Carrum, Seaford and Frankston.

 

Comments attributable to Leader of the Liberal Party, Matthew Guy:

“Daniel Andrews and Labor have lost control of population growth in our beachside suburbs.

That’s why an elected Liberal Nationals government will introduce mandatory height controls in areas of our beachside suburbs to get back in control of Labor’s unplanned, unmanaged population growth.

Only the Liberal Nationals have a plan to protect our suburbs and decentralise our population across Victoria.”

 

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Planning, David Davis:

“Daniel Andrews says he wants to add another 3 million people to Melbourne’s population and Labor MPs like Paul Edbrooke, Sonya Kilkenny and Tim Richardson are giving him a rubber stamp.

Melbourne’s population is already 5 million and growing by an average of around 2,700 every week. We can’t afford Daniel Andrews’ plan to cram another 3 million people into Melbourne.

Overdevelopment is killing the liveability of these beautiful beachside suburbs and Paul Edbrooke, Sonya Kilkenny and Tim Richardson are too weak to stand up to Daniel Andrews.”

 

Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Carrum, Donna Bauer:

“I’m doing a lot of doorknocking and the constant feedback I get is that this area is overdeveloped and Labor have lost control of population growth.

That’s why I’ve been working with Matthew Guy and his team on a policy that helps our suburbs get back in control of Labor’s overdevelopment.

A vote for Sonya Kilkenny is a vote for more unplanned population growth and more local overdevelopment.”

 

Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Mordialloc, Geoff Gledhill:

“Labor’s plan is to squeeze another 3 million people into Melbourne’s suburbs.

Our plan is to protect our suburbs with mandatory height controls in our beachside suburbs and to decentralise our population.

It’s unsustainable for Melbourne’s population to keep growing at around 140,000 every year. That’s almost the population of Ballarat moving into Melbourne every year.

Local voters will have a choice at the next election. They can choose for more of Labor’s unplanned, unmanaged population growth or they can choose the Liberals’ plan to protect our suburbs from overdevelopment.”

 

Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Frankston, Michael Lamb:

“We need to put the brakes on Daniel Andrews’ unplanned and unmanaged population growth and that includes overdevelopment on our beachside suburbs.

The only way to stop Labor’s out of control population growth and overdevelopment of our suburbs is to vote Liberal at the state election next month.

Only the Liberal Nationals have a plan to decentralise our population and protect our suburbs from overdevelopment and more population growth.”

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