Little or no infrastructure has been built to accomodate the enourmous population growth in our township

A friend of yours is going to move into your area, what experiences would you share with them, reassuring them to make this move?:

Melton people are generally very friendly. Many social and volunteer groups are always seeking new members and are very friendly. Shops for basic supplies are adequate - with additional shops planned at the Woodgrove extension.

A friend of yours is going to move into your area, what experiences would you share with them, discouraging them to make this move?:

Little or no infrastructure has been built to accomodate the enourmous population growth in our Melton township. No rail upgrade (postponed another 10 years - been waiting 35 years now). No extra red letter boxes (have always been few and far between). New estates have their new roads - but existing arterials' capacites have not been increased, increased traffic battling across Westgate Bridge. There are many cheap eateries but few quality restaurants in the township. Quality clothes shops do not exist nor do we have a proper garden nursery. Social services (government and private) are stretched due to the increase in population. Entertainment (young and old) is non-existent. In-town employment is insufficient in respect to the increased population.

If there is anything you or others in your community have done to overcome issues in your area, please describe them.:

Asked Australia Post for one extra red letter box - closest is 1.8km away. We support local businesses as much as we can.

What were the outcomes of these efforts?:

Australia Post advised 1.8km to closest letter box is adequate - Melton Council is unable or unwilling to persue the request (refused to act). Melbourne's eastern suburbs have letter boxes spaced as close as 200 metres.

If one great thing was going to happen in your area next year, what would you want it to be?:
The Victorian and Federal governments wave a magic money wand to implement all the infrastructure requirements to match the huge populations which have been "dumped" out west.

From Anonymous of Melton.