Melbourne Density Debate

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Melbourne Density Debate
© Michael Downes

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Melbourne Density Debate
© Michael Downes

Since the start of the decade, Melbourne has seen a dramatic increase in its population across the board.

The Bureau of Statistics advises that this increase is occurring at a rate of approximately two percent per year. In late 2013, Melbourne’s population was estimated at 4.35 million – a 27 percent increase since the year 2000. The city is swelling and as Melbourne’s Lord Mayor recently described, there is a ‘spreading at the edges, like some sort of stain’.

The Victorian Government’s ‘Plan Melbourne’ initiative is an attempt to combat the increasingly sprawling suburbs that are becoming disconnected from jobs and public transport. According to the authorities, the project attempts to provide ‘a clear vision for the future that responds to the challenges of population growth, driving economic prosperity and liveability, while protecting our environment and heritage’. Exercised at a macro level, this plan looks to the establishment of extensive urban renewal areas such as E Gate and Fisherman’s bend to establish viable housing solutions, taking advantage of connections to an already existing network of infrastructure and services.

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