More people on the move to Shepparton
08 December 2021
People are moving to Shepparton in droves, with the city experiencing a 27 per cent growth in migration last year, data from the Regional Movers Index shows.
The index, developed by the Regional Australia Institute, analyses movements between Australia’s regions and capital cities.
Shepparton’s year on year migration growth was higher than Greater Bendigo (19 per cent) and Campaspe (17 per cent) but lower than Benalla (33 per cent), Strathbogie (37 per cent) and Moira (42 per cent).
Deputy Nationals leader Steph Ryan says the data underscored the importance of addressing housing affordability and the folly of Labor’s new housing tax.
“Labor’s lockdowns have had an unexpected upside in that more city dwellers now see the immense value in regional living, however the government needs to act swiftly to ensure this growth doesn’t compound existing issues with housing affordability for locals,” Ms Ryan said.
“While Shepparton faces a housing shortage, Labor is whacking a giant new housing tax which will drive up the cost of a new house block by an estimated $30,000.
“Land is in such short supply in Shepparton that it is currently not possible to buy a house block to build a home next year.”
Ms Ryan said if elected to government The Nationals would bring an extra 50,000 new housing lots to market across rural and regional Victoria.
“We need to make sure local people can buy a house, whether it be their first home or their dream home,” Ms Ryan said.
“We will also reinstate the successful rural flying planning squad with specialist planners to help cut the lengthy delays of local councils.”
Ms Ryan said Labor’s new housing tax was the result of cost blowouts on major projects, totalling $22 billion.
“Labor is taxing country people to pay for enormous cost overruns on city transport projects,” Ms Ryan said.
“Young people and families seeking to buy their first home should not have to pay for Labor’s waste and incompetence.”
Caption: Steph Ryan is concerned about Labor’s new housing tax which will drive up the cost of a new house block by an average of $30,000