National Growth Areas Alliance

As the peak group representing Australia’s fast growing outer suburbs, the National Growth Areas Alliance simply seeks a fair go for the millions who live on the outskirts of our capital cities.

From Penrith in Sydney’s west through to Wanneroo in Perth’s north, the residents of our outer suburbs don’t have the same access to infrastructure that other Australians enjoy.

Already there are nightmare commutes on our roads and public transport: and that’s without the additional pressure of another 2.5 million residents in the next 15 years.

Governments must act now and invest in infrastructure to ease congestion, cost of living and stress. That foresight will also lead to improved equity, more local jobs and a permanent boost in national GDP.



Date: Tuesday 28 February 2017 

Location: Canberra

Venue: Old Parliament House


Cost: $350 plus GST

Contact: Bronwen Clark 0448 401 257 or

This one day Master Class will bring together Government and industry experts on the Smart Cities Plan and provide NGAA Members the opportunity to workshop project ideas with some of Australia’s leading Smart Cities and City Deals strategists.

The Master class is targeted at NGAA Member CEO's, Councillors and Planning, Economic Development and Major Projects officers.

Meeting (Parliament House at 8.30am)

  • The Hon. Angus Taylor MP, Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation

Speakers (morning session at Old Parliament House at 10.00am)

  • Paul Budde, telecommunications consultant and Executive Officer for the Australian Smart Communities Association

  • Adam Beck, Executive Director, Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand

  • Peter Olah, Executive Director, Council of Mayors (SEQ)

  • KPMG City Deals Expert (tbc)

  • Lucy Poole, Assistant Secretary, Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

  • Anthony McGregor, Senior Advisor, Cities Engagement Section, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

 Interactive workshops (afternoon session at old Parliament House)

  • Smart Cities and Suburbs

  • Advancing the case for City Deals in growth areas

Workshops will include in-depth discussion of case studies on each topic, as well as additional expert opinion on best practice. They will provide a unique opportunity for Member councils to bring ideas, local opportunities and projects to share with others, test their alignment with the policy and program, seek expert advice and explore options for collaboration where appropriate.