维州增加 14.7 万人，相当于一个典型的地方市镇人口总量，例如, Boroondara 市、白马市等地方市镇总人口。每年所增加的人口，对于房屋、交通、医疗保健等多项基础设施都造成一定需求，对维州基础建设也带来相对的压力。
Population surge puts Victoria under pressure
Official figures released last week show that Victoria’s population grew by 2.4% last year. This was the faster growth of any state in Australia.
The increase of 147,000 people is equivalent to the entire population of a typical local council area, such as Boroondara or Whitehorse, being added to Victoria’s population in just one year. All of these extra people need houses, transport, health care and other services.
Victoria needs a plan for this population growth, to encourage more people to live in country Victoria, which is looking for more population, and to take the pressure off Melbourne and its suburbs.
We also need a government that will plan properly so that the roads, public transport, schools, police stations and hospitals needed for this increased population are built in time, and are built in the places where they are needed.