Commit to the polycentric city model

In by SEM

Bringing government jobs to the South East

Investment in Melbourne has historically been concentrated in central areas of the city, with not near enough investment committed to the suburbs.

A polycentric city model is an integrated approach to achieve a more balanced metropolitan system where population and jobs growth is distributed across regions to achieve better economic, social and environmental outcomes for large cities.

A polycentric city model brings significant improvements to residents and businesses by decreasing commute and travel times, increasing productivity and access to jobs.

There are several opportunities in the south east to support a polycentric city model.

  • The Monash National Employment and Innovation Cluster
  • The Dandenong National Employment and Innovation Cluster
  • Cardinia Employment Cluster, Pakenham
  • Carrum Downs
  • Activity centres in Dandenong, Frankston, Narre Warren and Berwick.

Why it is necessary to develop a polycentric city model and investigate moving a government department to the south east:

By investing in clusters outside of the CBD, the Victorian Government can assist in shaping a more liveable South East Melbourne.

Bringing jobs and investment to the south east is crucial to improving the region’s liveability and the economic growth.

Government decentralisation would dramatically improve wider Melbourne’s liveability by reducing congestion and providing job opportunities for a growing region.

Decentralisation has been undertaken in Geelong, providing value and successful outcomes for that region. It is time similar investment and commitment is made in the South East.

Key ask: Commit to the polycentric city model to create new growth opportunities across the south east and move a government department or agency to the South East.

SEM is calling on the State Government to commit to the polycentric city mode to create new growth opportunities across the south east.

SEM is further calling on the State Government to move a department or agency to the South East to support employment opportunities and reduce congestion in the region.

If you want to know how you can help SEM advocate for this project, please contact us on info@southeastmelbourne.org