Investment in Melbourne has historically been concentrated in central areas of the city, with not near enough investment committed to the suburbs. As a result, residents across Melbourne’s south east have to travel far and wide for job opportunities, often on congested roads and full trains. According to data from the Department of Transport, many residents in the south east have to travel more than an hour each way to get to work.
South East Melbourne has several jobs hubs that attract thousands of employees each day. But without adequate transport infrastructure in and around these hubs, and support for these employment clusters to grow, employers will have little choice but to move their businesses elsewhere.
SEM encourages all levels of government to work together to support the allocation of jobs across Melbourne’s regions. A more balanced metropolitan system can be achieved where population and jobs growth is distributed across the south east to achieve better economic, social and environmental outcomes for Victoria.
By supporting jobs growth outside the CBD, benefits can be reaped by both residents and businesses. It will decrease commute and travel times, increase productivity and access to jobs for people unable to travel far, and support the growth of local businesses.
There are several opportunities in the south east to support this vision:
- 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.
By investing in these clusters and activity centres, the Federal Government can assist in shaping a more liveable South East Melbourne.
Why it is necessary to grow suburban jobs hubs 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: Support growing suburban jobs hubs to create new opportunities across the south east and move a government department or agency to the region.
SEM is calling on the State Government to support growing suburban jobs hubs to create new 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.
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