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The Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) has called for major investments in infrastructure to help the state cope with a predicted population boom.
Victoria's population is expected to reach 7 million by 2036 and VECCI is calling on the Government to invest in infrastructure now to make sure the states economy stays strong.
At its annual Victoria summit, VECCI has outlined a series of short, medium and long-term infrastructure projects.
The summit has heard traffic congestion is affecting Victoria's liveability and economic competitiveness.
VECCI has called for major investment in roads and public transport including the upgrading of Melbourne rail tracks which a prone to buckle in the heat.
VECCI also wants more hospitals, schools and police stations and better road and rail connections between Melbourne and major regional centres.
The Victorian Premier, John Brumby, says investments in infrastructure will secure the state's economic future.
He told the summit Victoria is leading the nation in jobs creation and new building developments.
Mr. Brumby says Victoria will have the nation's fastest growth in gross domestic product by 2011.
"When you think that we are not a resource state, this is an extraordinary achievement. All of this I think reflects a fundamental repositioning of the Australian economy," he said.
The Roads Minister, Tim Pallas, says transport infrastructure is already high on the Government's agenda.
"The Victorian Government has significantly increased funding for transport over the past 10 years, in fact most of the dividends of 10 years of economic growth in Victoria has been put forward on transport infrastructure," he said.
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