Premier Denis Napthine’s decision to axe the Outer Suburban/Interface Services and Development Committee (OSISDC) is a slap in the face for Victorian families living across the state’s outer suburban and interface regions, Shadow Minister for Suburbs, Lily D’Ambrosio said today.

The Napthine Government will pass the Parliamentary Committees Amendment Bill in the Victorian Parliament this week that will effectively dissolve the bipartisan OSISDC parliamentary committee.

Ms D’Ambrosio said that the OSISDC committee played an integral role in matters concerning the provision of services to new urban communities and the development and expansion of new urban regions in Victoria.

“The decision of the Napthine Government to axe the committee shows its complete contempt for families living in Melbourne’s outer suburbs that are facing increasing cost of living pressures on top of cuts to health and education services”, Ms D’Ambrosio said.

“The OSISDC committee played an important role in enhancing the liveability of Melbourne’s outer suburbs, addressing the concerns of households in these regions.

“Many areas within Melbourne’s outer suburbs currently lag behind the rest of greater Melbourne on a range of liveability measures, with the gap growing rapidly.

“Metropolitan Melbourne now has more than 4 million people, and with the population growth increasing by 80,000 per year, governments must be planning for the future, not cutting services and working groups,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

Labor’s Plan for Jobs and Growth released in November of last year explores establishing a dedicated fund to support the infrastructure needs of Melbourne’s interface communities.

Ms D’Ambrosio said that the fund would be aligned with existing funding sources and processes to ensure more integrated delivery of infrastructure occurs.

“The specific design and operation of the fund will be developed following extensive consultation with Victoria’s interface councils over the next 18 months.

“Labor has a plan for the provision and implementation of services in Victoria’s interface areas, unlike the Napthine Government that is content to turning its back on Victorians living in these areas.”

Published on April 17, 2013