Labor Should Tell The Truth On Planning Votes

Labor Should Tell The Truth On Planning Votes

Victoria Minister for Planning Matthew Guy

Facts About Urban Growth Boundary Expansion

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Planning Matthew Guy has called upon the State Labor Opposition to tell the truth about its history of voting for Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) expansion in to Green Wedge land.

“The facts show that the Bracks Government expanded the Urban Growth Boundary into Green Wedge land by 47,217 hectares, and the Brumby Government by 43,600 ha.” Mr. Guy said.

“For the Labor Opposition to now oppose and criticise any UGB movement is complete hypocrisy.”

In June 2010, Labor’s now Planning spokesperson Brian Tee gave a 2,551 word contribution to State Parliament on the benefits of UGB expansion in to Green Wedge land, just before he voted to expand the boundary by an area one third the size of Adelaide. Mr Tee said:

  • “We need to maintain the investment and the focus, and that is about safeguarding future housing now; it is about making sure we are planning for the next 5, 10, 15 and indeed 20 years.”
  • “The challenge for us is to find more space for housing for young families, or others who want to live in the suburbs, and this amendment is about getting that balance right.”
  • “It makes sure that we have that competitive advantage in terms of affordable housing.”
  • “Families are for it. People who want to have affordable housing are for it.”
  • “I think it is worth reflecting on the size of the growth and the land that will be available for those families. What is at stake here is some 43,000 ha of land that will be brought inside Melbourne’s urban growth boundary.”
  • “I think it is worth reflecting on the size of the growth and the land that will be available for those families. What is at stake here is some 43,000 ha of land that will be brought inside Melbourne’s urban growth boundary.”
  • “For working families, what is at stake here is affordable housing.”

Urban Growth Boundary expansions, since its 2002 introduction:

  • 2003 Bracks Government 39,630 ha included
  • 2005 Bracks Government 7,000 ha included
  • 2006 Bracks Government 587 ha included
  • 2010 Brumby Government 43,600 ha included
  • 2012 Baillieu Government 5,958 ha included

Further, in 2012 the Labor Opposition failed to even vote against the UGB expansion in the Legislative Assembly, allowing it to pass unopposed.