Suburbia On The Rise – A new opportunity

The Suburban Alliance – Victoria has released a new report into the opportunities for a suburban agenda in Melbourne and greater Victoria.

The report looks at the evolution, opportunities, economic challenges and emerging suburban identity in Victoria, concluding;

Confronted by circumstances unforeseen only months ago, the coming decade presents a series of challenges and opportunities for our suburbs. Ensuring that they accommodate and provide for the needs and aspirations of all Melburnians, will be essential if a fairer and more equitable city is to be achieved.

Suburban Alliance – Victoria Director Rob Burgess will lead the Melbourne based chapter of the Suburban Alliance and released the groups’ first report on 11 November 2020.


Suburban Alliance -Victoria committee member Mark Sheppard said Melbourne’s outer suburbs have long been the poor cousin of the inner city when it comes to opportunity.

“But Covid-19 has levelled the jobs playing field by demonstrating to employers that office workers don’t need to commute into the CBD every day. Suddenly, suburbs are the focal point for a new localism and housing choices are no longer dominated by a finely balanced trade-off between affordability and commuting time.

“Development in the suburbs presents an opportunity to level the liveability playing field too, with greater housing diversity offering options for first-home buyers and downsizers alike, and greater density supporting a wider range of local amenities. The real question is whether we can overcome our obsession with neighbourhood character to allow this more equitable metropolis to emerge.”