National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) 2024 Annual Congress: "Building Australia’s Newest Cities – A Model for the New Wave of Growth" - JOINT MEDIA RELEASE 

Penrith City Council is proud to be the host of the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) Annual Congress, set to take place in Penrith, Western Sydney, 29 – 31 May 2024. The Congress, themed "Building Australia's newest cities – A model for the new wave of growth," promises to be a pivotal event in shaping the future of urban development in Australia.

The choice of Penrith as the venue for Congress is strategically significant considering its role in Western Sydney's anticipated growth, particularly with the pending launch of the Western Sydney International Airport. Congress will serve as a platform for important discussions and insights into the future of Australia’s cities and suburbs, with a focus on fostering resilient and inclusive growth.

Attendees can expect an engaging program covering a diverse range of topics, including the role AI has to play in building future cities, an insight into the Metro Vancouver regional governance model delivered by an international guest speaker, which will lead a bigger discussion on governance models for new cities (including what has been learned from the Western Sydney City Deal).

"The NGAA Annual Congress is more than just a gathering; it's a platform for collaborative discussions that will help to shape the future of our nation's fastest growing outer cities and suburbs," says Councillor Matthew Deeth, Chair of the NGAA. “Each year our keynote speakers and panels demonstrate thought leadership, inspiring innovative solutions for the challenges and opportunities our growing regions face.”

Mayor Todd Carney of Penrith City Council echoed this sentiment, saying, "As the host city, Penrith is honoured to welcome delegates from across Australia to explore innovative approaches to city planning and development. This Congress will not only showcase Penrith's potential but also highlight the importance of collaboration in creating resilient, liveable and thriving communities."

Congress is expected to draw a diverse audience, including Mayors and CEOs from Australia's fastest-growing councils, federal politicians, and academics, all united in their commitment to shaping the future of urban Australia.

Join us at the NGAA Annual Congress in Penrith as we work together to build Australia's newest cities and pave the way for a brighter future.

For more information and registration details, visit

About National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): The National Growth Areas Alliance is the peak body for local governments in Australia’s fast-growing outer cities and suburbs. NGAA represents more than five million people living in Australia’s growth areas, united by the shared experiences of population growth rates at double the national average and long-term under-investment in vital infrastructure. We advocate to State and Federal governments for improved policies and funding, to both counter the challenges and maximise the opportunities to create communities that are resilient, liveable and thriving places.

About Penrith City Council: Penrith City Council is responsible for 404km2 area in Western Sydney which is 55km from the Sydney CBD. Boasting a population of over 220,000 people, that is set to increase to 276,000 by 2036. Penrith is one of Australia’s most liveable cities, with growing connectivity to the world. As the closest city to the new Western Sydney International Airport and the only city connected by rail from day one of its operations, Penrith is well positioned to create a positive future for all those who live, work, invest, study and play here.



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