The Peri Urban Infrastructure and Economic Development Strategy has been given the green light after funding was secured from Rural Councils Victoria and a contribution from the PUGRC.

The Strategy will identify the critical pieces of infrastructure and service improvements to support sustainable growth in the peri urban region, and ensure it is not left behind neighbouring, better funded areas.

The focus on infrastructure and economic development aims to enhance the sustainable welfare of the peri urban region and communities.

This is a region that is determined to be more than a dormitory area for Melbourne.

Using a Sustainable Welfare Index methodology will deliver a full understanding of the state of the Peri Urban region, focusing net economic contribution, natural capital/ecosystem services and social capital and community contributions within the study area. This holistic approach to understanding the interrelationships between the economic, social and environmental will deliver an understanding of the Peri Urban region that will enable sound policy and infrastructure development for the medium to long term.

This methodology can be applied regionally to Councils facing similar issues and challenges, and is the most sensible approach to working in rural and regional Victoria. This methodology is a strategic departure from the current Regional Growth Areas model which focuses primarily on the regional city in each instance and forces Councils to compete for funding and support on an unequitable basis.

Work on the Strategy will commence in 2017 and updates will be provided through the newsletter.