This report has been prepared for the Interface Council group by Essential Economics Pty Ltd.
The Interface Council group comprises the ten contiguous local government areas (LGAs) that form metropolitan Melbourne's outer urban ring, made up of Cardinia Shire Council, City of Casey, City of Whittlesea, Hume City Council, Melton Shire Council, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, Nillumbik Shire Council, Shire of Yarra Ranges and Wyndham City Council.
These councils mark the interface of 'city' and 'country' and as such, the interface regions have a dual identity that makes them part-urban and part-rural. This presents unique challenges for planning, growth and economic development in outer urban municipal areas, as Interface Councils generally do not have access to the same resources or infrastructure as do other metropolitan Councils, and do not qualify for most forms of regional assistance, despite being 90% rural in character.
The key purpose of this study is to identify long-term infrastructure and service requirements for Interface Councils, together with their associated costs, that will deliver liveability standards for Interface residents comparable to non-Interface metropolitan areas. This evidence-based analysis will allow the Interface Councils to advocate to Federal and State departments for funding and other support to ensure the required level of infrastructure and services are delivered in a timely manner.