... consistent with the the national approach to economic, environmental and social stewardship.

The State of Victoria

Victoria is Australia’s most densely populated state with a population of 5.62 million1 (in 2012) and which is predicted to grow to 7.3 million by 2031.  The majority of the population is highly centralised within the boundary of the greater urban area of Melbourne - 4.1 million. Importantly, the traditional mining areas of Ballarat, Bendigo and the Latrobe Valley have significant populations.

Almost one million people live within the regions, mainly in the agriculture based communities of south western, northern, north eastern and eastern Victoria.  The regional population is expected to increase from the present 1.48 million (2012) to 2.3 million in 2051.  The population within the mountainous regions of eastern Victoria is small, as are the populations of the north western arid areas of the Wimmera and Mallee.

By 2051, the population of Victoria is expected to reach 8.7 million2, with this growth being centred upon Melbourne and on the arc of regional centres within 100km of the city perimeter (Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Seymour/Kilmore, Warragul, Mornington Peninsula and Bass Coast). Clearly a strong economy is required to underpin this increase in population, with sufficient domestic energy production to support the jobs growth and the required infrastructure.

The Victorian Minerals Industry

The Victorian minerals industry can be separated into the coal sector and the metalliferous sector.  The metalliferous sector is dominated by a number of operating gold mines and mineral sands mining.

Coal

Gold

Mineral Sands

Base Metals

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1 Department of Planning and Community Development: Victorian Population Bulletin 2012 http://www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/99348/Vic-Pop-Bulletin-2012-FINAL.pdf 
2 Victoria in Future 2012, http://www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/home/publications-and-research/urban-and-regional-research/census-2011/victoria-in-future-2012/vif-2012-data-tables
3 Department of Primary Industries  – Earth Resources – Coal http://www.dpi.vic.gov.au/earth-resources/coal