Sustainable Transport Seminar - Megan Bourke-O'Neil, Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure


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Megan Bourke-O'Neil, Executive Director of Transport Integration at the Victorian Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure, presented at our seminar entitled 'Sustainable Transport in Victoria: Developing, financing and implementing a state plan', on Thursday 8 May, 2014 in Melbourne.

Held as part of our Sustainability Leadership Series, this seminar brought together experts and practitioners from across business, government and civil society to discuss how we can achieve a sustainable transport plan for Victoria and how it would be financed and implemented.

For more information about this seminar and the UNAA Sustainability Leadeship Series please visit

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Sustainable Transport Seminar - Megan Bourke-O'Neil, Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure

  1. 1. Planning for a More Efficient & Sustainable Melbourne Megan Bourke-O’Neil Executive Director, Transport Integration, Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure
  2. 2. Victoria’s Planning Strategies 2 Transport & Land Use Planning Transport Modal & Sub-Network Plans Budget Process IA Process Reform Agenda Infrastructure Pipeline Planning System/ Precinct Planning The vision for Melbourne’s growth to 2050 Overarching land use vision Effective management of the growing freight task
  3. 3. Melbourne’s population & economic growth is placing ever greater pressure on our transport system, particularly our roads 3
  4. 4. Modelling of future urban forms for Melbourne showed that a denser city with large centres tends to promote more efficient & sustainable travel 4 Few centres and constrained urban fringe growth Few centres and trend urban fringe growth Many centres and constrained fringe growth Many centres and trend urban fringe growth Urban renewal and constrained urban fringe growth Reduction in % Congested Roadspace -30% -25% -20% -15% -10% -5% 0 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% Base 2046 Increase in Public transport mode share Less congestion, more trips by public transport
  5. 5. Plan Melbourne: promoting a more efficient urban form 5 Expanded Central City & Urban Renewal A polynodal city: National Economic Clusters 20-minute Neighbourhoods A fixed Urban Growth Boundary
  6. 6. Plan Melbourne’s transport directions Transport’s directions support the land use directions 1. Transform the transport system to support a more productive central city 2. Improve access to job-rich areas across Melbourne and strengthen transport networks in existing suburbs 3. Improve transport infrastructure and services in Melbourne’s newer suburbs 4. Improve local travel options to increase social and economic participation 5. Increase the efficiency of freight networks while protecting urban amenity 6. Improve the capacity of ports, interstate rail terminals and airports, and improve landside access to these gateways 6
  7. 7. State-shaping new transport infrastructure and network improvements were announced in the 2014-15 State Budget – road and rail • $8.5‐11 billion for Melbourne Rail Link • $2‐2.5 billion to upgrade Cranbourne‐Pakenham line • $8‐10 billion for Western Section of East West Link • $850 million for CityLink – Tulla widening (in partnership with private sector) • $685 million to remove level crossings Together these projects will provide long term solutions to bottlenecks in our network, reducing conflicts between routes and modes, providing alternate travel paths, and allowing for connectivity between the Ports, airport and Melbourne’s CBD – consistent with the long term directions of Plan Melbourne This major program to be delivered over the next 10-15 years 7
  8. 8. Victoria – The Freight State: Integrating freight with broader transport and land use planning 8 Source: Plan Melbourne 2013 Source: The Freight State, 2013 Increasing freight on rail – including a metropolitan intermodal system Ensuring freight gateway capacity Managing freight delivery in urban areas, to improve efficiency while protecting amenity
  9. 9. Delivering the Melbourne and Victoria of 2050 (1) 9 Metropolitan Planning Authority Metropolitan Local Government Sub- regions Regional Growth Plans Engagement with the Commonwealth & Infrastructure Australia
  10. 10. Delivering the Melbourne and Victoria of 2050 (2) : Regional Growth Plans 10
  11. 11. Delivering the Melbourne and Victoria of 2050 (3) Will require a stronger focus on productivity and funding and financing reform • Strengthening the focus on productivity enhancing infrastructure • Reforming inter-governmental payments • Removing barriers to private-sector investment • Broadening alternative funding mechanisms • Reducing the cost of construction • Engagement with the community about how we pay for the infrastructure and services we need 11
  12. 12. Delivering the Melbourne and Victoria of 2050 (4) Engagement with stakeholders, industry, community Keeping a focus on reform Commonwealth-State interaction Productive engagement across agencies and government 12