People

1. A great place to live

As a city for people, Melbourne will be a great place to live, with a strong sense of community and a welcoming, supportive atmosphere. Melbourne will prosper because our municipality is a great place to live. We will take up local job and business opportunities and will make use of local recreational and cultural facilities. Sustainability will be part of our everyday lives.

Melbourne is a capital city municipality with a place on the world stage, but it’s also home to a local community of diverse individuals. Finding a balance between these different interests is already a challenge – and in the coming years, our municipality’s population is expected to almost double, possibly reaching 140,000 people in 2020. Melbourne's worker population is also set to increase (400,000 workers in 2020, up from 350,000 now) while total daily visitor numbers will increase (one million visitors in 2020, up from 700,000 now).

To ensure Melbourne remains a great place to live, we must devote attention to our community’s wellbeing, ensuring our efforts to improve our economic prosperity are compatible with the needs of our local population. City living makes it easy to get around, enjoy city events and activities, access services and so on, but it also creates new challenges. City residents often live with more noise and light issues than those living in the suburbs.

In the future, our community will include people from even more countries, cultures and backgrounds, of different ages, and with different needs and styles of living. We must ensure our city continues to accommodate this diverse mix. Our municipality is ‘open’ around the clock, accessed by different people for different reasons throughout the day and night. To some, Melbourne is all about bright lights and fine dining or big business and office blocks, while to others Melbourne is about taking the kids to the park or the convenience of living close to work. Students, workers, tourists and residents all use the central city in different ways and we must cater to their various needs - whether it be to study or work, to shop, for public transport, a quiet spot outdoors for lunch, vibrancy and night-life or access to great parks.

Much of our municipality's infrastructure was built more than a century ago. These great resources must continue to be upgraded and supplemented to accommodate increasing numbers of residents and visitors. Investment in our future is critical to ensuring Melbourne remains a great place to live. To make the municipality a great place to live we will need to: balance economic and residential growth; ensure a sense of community and neighbourliness; balance diverse community needs; and ensure our growth is supported by continued investment in infrastructure and services.

Goals Indicators Outcomes
Growth of the city

Economic and residential growth is balanced and managed to ensure the needs of all communities are considered and that city's liveability, sustainability and economic vitality are protected and enhanced.

City of Melbourne residential population

Target: 2020 - 140,000

Current: 2008 - 86,000

City of Melbourne unemployment rate

Current: 2006 - 7.5 per cent of City of Melbourne residents were unemployed 1

The proportion of people who experience food insecurity

Current: 2007 - 4.6 per cent of City of Melbourne residents had experienced food insecurity 2

A city that prospers, growing economically, becoming increasingly sustainable while still being a great place to live.

A sense of community

Within neighbourhoods, precincts and buildings there is a sense of community - where people engage with others and actively contribute to a sense of well being.

Social support

Current: 89.8 per cent of City of Melbourne residents said they could definitely get help from friends, family or neighbours when they needed it 3

Community connection

Current: Normative data from the AUWBI indicates that the average Community Connection score for persons living in the City of Melbourne was 65 out of a possible 100 (2007)

Strong robust communities that are inclusive and supportive of people from all walks of life, representing all social and economic circumstances.

Balancing diverse community needs

The municipality has diverse communities: residents, workers, visitors and students with differing and sometimes conflicting needs and aspirations which are recognised and addressed.

Community acceptance of diverse cultures

Current: 2007 - 93.2 per cent of residents in the City of Melbourne agreed or strongly agreed that cultural diversity is a good thing for a society 4

Robust communities in all sectors.

The municipality functions as a global city, capital city and a series of local neighbourhoods, and meets the needs of all.

Infrastructure and services

Infrastructure and services expand to meet the needs of our growing and changing communities.

Provision of community infrastructure

Current: Refer to the community infrastructure audit results 5

Physical and social infrastructure and services are maintained and augmented to cope with the projected increase in both residents (of all types and circumstances) and visitors and economic growth.

All residents including single, couples, families with children, young people and older people have access to social infrastructure and services.

See also :

References

1 : ABS (2006) 2006 Census QuickStats: Melbourne (C) (Local Government Area)

2 : Community Indicators Victoria (2007) Wellbeing Report Melbourne

3 : Community Indicators Victoria (2007) Wellbeing Report Melbourne

4 : Department of Planning and Community Development (2007) Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey

5 : City of Melbourne (2007) City of Melbourne Community Infrastructure Plan 2007-2017


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