About NGAA

More than 20 of the fastest growing councils around Australia are members of the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA). NGAA areas are growing at double the national rate. Collectively, Australia’s outer suburbs are currently home to five million people – and counting! In just 15 years, another 2.5 million people will call these areas home.

As the peak advocacy group for outer suburbs – from Penrith in Sydney’s west to Wanneroo in Perth’s north – the Alliance works with its members to advocate to state and federal governments for a fair go for outer suburbs. In addition to highlighting the challenges – and opportunities – presented by such growth, the Alliance also works with industry and other stakeholders to advocate for residents to get the infrastructure and services they need and deserve.

NGAA Executive


Mayor Glenn Docherty

City of Playford (SA)

Deputy Chair

Mayor Tracey Roberts

City of Wanneroo (WA)

The NGAA Executive Committee guides the day-to-day work of the Alliance, and includes:

  • Garry McQuillan, CEO, Cardinia Shire Council
  • Ray Tame, CEO, City of Armadale
  • Dan Simms, CEO, City of Wanneroo
  • Craig Butler, Deputy General Manager, Penrith City Council
  • Dr Mal Hemmerling, CEO, City of Playford
  • Nathan Burbridge, Head of Economic Development, Blacktown City Council
  • Sean McManus, Manager Advocacy, Communications and Economic Development, City of Whittlesea
  • Phil Harrison, Advocacy Specialist, City of Playford

The NGAA team comprises:

Strategic Plan

NGAA has just commenced implementation of its 2017-2020 Strategic Plan which was developed after a member workshop at the 2016 NGAA Congress.