Is the deregulation of Victoria’s planning laws the right solution to Melbourne’s unprecedented population growth?


Michael Buxton, Professor - Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University


The face of Melbourne is changing, the city is experiencing unprecedented population growth with 6.5 million people predicted by 2050! As a result the State Government is developing a new metropolitan strategy, further deregulating land use planning laws and establishing a new metropolitan authority.

But is this the right approach?

The government has yet to explain how each of these elements will interact, or how land use will be related to transport and other services. What is certain is there will be increased conflict between developers, councils, and local communities as high density construction is seen to threaten the rich architectural heritage of the CBD and inner and middle ring suburbs. How do we transform this into more affordable housing for younger generations and the increasing population?

Please join us to hear Michael Buxton’s views on the recent strategic and statutory changes and how they are likely to affect planning, design, development and construction.

Professor Michael Buxton joined RMIT in 1998 after 12 years in senior management with Victorian Government Planning and Environment agencies, and with the Victorian Environment Protection Authority. He formerly headed the intergovernmental process for developing Australia’s National Greenhouse Strategy, and the group responsible for the development and implementation of environmental policy in Victoria. He was an elected Victorian local government councilor and Mayor for ten years and was a member of the Upper Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges Authority for six years.

Details: Venue:
The Atrium, KPMG House,

161 Collins St, Melbourne (corner Russell St and Collins St)

Tuesday 18th June, 2013

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Friday 14th June 2013


Level 2, Suite 7
18-22 Thomson Street
South Melbourne
Tel: 03 9696 9288