The Baillieu Government’s proposed changes to the Growth Area Infrastructure Charge (GAIC) could leave families building new homes without important infrastructure such schools, roads and transport, Shadow Minister for Planning, Brian Tee said today.
Mr Tee said that currently GAIC, used to provide vital infrastructure and to oversee development in the growth areas of Melbourne, was paid at the beginning of the development process.
“The Baillieu Government’s changes are deeply flawed,” Mr Tee said.
“The changes mean that developers do not have to pay this charge until the end of the process, which means infrastructure such as transport, health facilities, parks and recreation facilities may lag behind the housing being built in growth areas.
“This delay means families will move into their homes before the services are in place.
“Families will be living in half-finished communities without schools, public transport, health centres and roads.”
Mr Tee said the developers were the big winners from the proposed changes.
“Developers won’t pay the charge until the land is nearing subdivision,” he said.
“This Government has sold out homeowners in their hurry to placate developers.
“It’s time the Baillieu Government understands its job is to oversee developments in growth areas.”