Interface Councils is a group of ten municipalities that form a ring around metropolitan Melbourne; including Cardinia Shire Council, City of Casey, Hume City Council, Melton City Council, Mitchell Shire Council, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, Nillumbik Shire Council, City of Whittlesea, Wyndham City Council and Yarra Ranges Council.
Residents living in these outer suburbs are currently experiencing a lower quality of life than those living in the inner suburbs due to an imbalance of basic services and critical infrastructure services and the Interface Councils are working to equal this imbalance.
Interface Growth Fund
Interface Councils, of which the City of Casey is a member, was delighted with the announcement of an initial $50 million investment in a dedicated Interface Growth Fund for Melbourne’s outer suburbs in 2015.
The announcement comes following four years of advocacy for State Government funding to reduce the gap in critical infrastructure such as sporting fields and community centres.
The first instalment of the fund will see the immediate implementation of a number of much needed local recreational, community and child-care projects in the community.
In addition to the fund, other positive investments in Interface areas included outer suburban roads, bus services, education, health, mental health and domestic violence.
However, this year’s Interface budget analysis showed that despite being responsible for 47 per cent of population growth, Interface areas still received just five per cent of investment.
Interface Councils will continue to advocate on behalf Melbourne’s outer suburbs to ensure that residents have equal access to education, health, public transport as well as many other critical infrastructure and services.
Interface Councils is a group of ten municipalities which form a ring around Metropolitan Melbourne and are amongst the most rapidly growing communities in Victoria.
One Melbourne or Two?
In February 2013, Interface Councils launched ‘One Melbourne or Two?’, a report identifying service and infrastructure deficiencies for the growing population in Melbourne’s outer suburbs, and recommended immediate action from State Government for the 1.3 million Melbournians it said are being forced to live like second class citizens compared to the rest of the state's residents.
- Interface residents have significantly lower educational qualifications compared to non-Interface residents e.g. only 14 per cent of Interface residents over the age of 15 hold a degree or higher qualification compared to 28 per cent of non-Interface residents
- One job provided for every two labour force participants (compared to more than a 1:1 ratio for non-Interface areas)
- Average wages for Interface Council labour force participants ($45,230) are 13 per cent lower than for non-Interface metropolitan labour force participants ($51,910)
- There are eight aged-care and retirement facilities per 10,000 residents 65 years and older in the Interface, compared to over 13 in non-interface regions
- There are 11 hospital beds per 10,000 people in Interface suburbs but those living in the rest of Melbourne have access to almost three times that number with 30 beds available for every 10,000 people living in non-interface areas
- There is half the number of public transport options for Interface residents as there are for workers living closer to the CBD, amounting to a heavy reliance on cars which causes billions of dollars in social costs and productivity through congestion (business and private time costs, the costs of operating additional vehicles and air pollution costs).