Building the housing Melbourne needs

by Jane-Frances Kelly

By Peter Mares

The Victorian government is in the process of developing a new metropolitan strategy to manage growth and change in Melbourne over the next 30 to 40 years. Over that time Melbourne’s population is expected to grow by 50 per cent – from about 4 million to about 6 million people – so one of the key questions for the strategy is how to meet the housing needs of a much bigger city. No doubt some new housing will continue to be built in greenfield areas on the urban fringe. Inner Melbourne also has significant brownfield sites – former industrial areas – that can be converted to residential use. But there will also need to be substantial ‘greyfield’ development – the construction of more dwellings of diverse types in established, middle-ring suburbs. That means creating the conditions for residents to negotiate change in their own neighbourhoods.