The population of Victoria is expected to hit 10 million people by the 2050s and Melbourne's population will double by 2031, new figures indicate. Population growth will continue to be strong, according to new figures from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and the capital will need another 2 million homes to accommodate the growth. The rising trends in births, life expectancy and migration are said to account for the strong population growth.
As the building boom continues and infrastructure lags behind the unchecked growth, our city is becoming overcrowded, noisier, more polluted, more congested and more unsafe (the number of criminal offences recorded in Victoria went up by more than 50,000 last year — an 8 per cent rise in the per-capita crime rate).
The Melbourne I know and love is changing far too rapidly for my liking and I'm afraid this change is for the worse. Governments are becoming more inert, more powerless and seemingly quite unconcerned about the future of our city, while it looks like big business, profiteering and greed set the agenda and drive the change forward. What a pity, for what once was the most liveable city in the world...
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