Will population growth mean more project management jobs in Melbourne?

Posted by Design & Construct on 11-Jul-2015 01:34:43

In Construction

Melbourne - Australia's self-proclaimed sporting and cultural hub - is moving through a period of rapid growth, which is putting pressure on local infrastructure.

In March, the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that the Victorian capital has the largest population growth of all the state capitals. Between 2013-14, the city and surrounding suburbs saw the population soar beyond 4.4 million, an increase of around 95,700 or close to 2,000 people per week.

Over the next 30 years, Melbourne has a real chance of moving past Sydney in terms of Australia's biggest city; a mantle that was unforeseen in the past.

With the city growing faster than imagined, both local councils and the state government are being forced to make key decisions about the future. However, one of the benefits of these crossroads is the potential for the Australian project managers associated with the construction industry.

Melbourne is Australia's fastest growing city - 4.4 million strong. Melbourne is Australia's fastest growing city - 4.4 million strong.

2015-16 Interface Growth Fund

Earlier this month (July 3), the state government announced the 2015-16 Interface Growth Fund, a key decision to aid population growth management. The $50 million initiative is designed to help Victoria's 10 Interface Councils plan vital community infrastructure projects as the state grows.

Initially, this fund will support suburbs in the most need including Cardinia, Casey, Hume, Melton and Mornington Peninsula, among others. 

"It could go to building family and community centres, town centres, playgrounds - anything that local families need."

Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins explained that this fund is the start that many councils need to support their local communities.

"The Interface Growth Fund will allow councils in Melbourne's fastest growing regions to improve and invest in the services that matter most to their residents," she said.

"It could go to building family and community centres, town centres, playgrounds - anything that local families need."

The fund could also be used to plan new parks and reserves, amenity facilities and various refurbishments.

With the new financial year just beginning, some of the projects are expected to get underway this year - a positive consideration for any project management professionals or construction workers looking for employment.

As the 10 councils begin to plan their allocations, it will be important for candidates to link up with a recruitment agency that has a deep connection with both Melbourne and wider Victoria.

Design & Construct is one of Australia's leading recruitment agencies with many high-quality contacts actively hiring project management professionals.

If this sounds promising or you wish to learn about the opportunities available with Design & Construct, take control of your future today with our team of consultants.

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