MITCHELL Shire Council is calling on its residents to add their voice to a survey that will help 1.6 million people living in Victoria’s growing outer suburbs to have better access to roads, public transport, education, community infrastructure and health and human services.
Interface Councils, a group of 10 municipalities including Mitchell Shire, has launched The Liveability Project and is calling on residents to take a liveability survey to help identify priority gaps for attention.
It comes after a recent analysis by Interface Councils that showed a significant difference in the access residents living in these areas have to local jobs, services and education compared to Melbourne.
The campaign calls for policy and decision makers to commit to change and take action to ensure our communities are liveable for all.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said people deserved access to these essential services, no matter where they lived.
“We want to know what you feel needs to change to let you get on and live your life the way you want to,” Cr Sanderson said.
“Is it better public transport or just being able to access a GP or pharmacist quickly when you need it?
“As our community grows, so does the need for access to these services. Unless something is done now, these service gaps will continue to widen and place our residents at a significant disadvantage.
“Through this campaign, as well as via Council’s advocacy priorities, we’re actively campaigning for better access to public transport, local jobs, education, health, and community facilities, among other things.
“The Liveability Project will complement this work and highlight priorities where the government can make a real difference to the everyday lives of 1.6 million Victorians who live in growth areas.”
The 10 Interface Councils are: Mitchell, Cardinia, Casey, Hume, Melton, Mornington Peninsula, Nillumbik, Whittlesea, Wyndham and Yarra Ranges. To take the survey, visit www.interfacecouncils.com.au