29 June 2021
Earlier this year the NGAA made a submission to the Auditor-General’s investigation into the Administration of Commuter Car Parks Projects within the Urban Congestion Fund. The allocation of funds for these projects had been a real concern for the NGAA as there was a distinct lack of transparent process or consultation.
The Auditor-General’s findings, released on 28 June, align with our submission – this was a missed opportunity to deliver much needed infrastructure for commuters in growth areas due to lack of planning, consultation and insufficient funding allocation.
Car parking around train stations is a key issue for many NGAA Members, but the distribution of funds was done without consultation, and left councils with half-funded projects that did not match their planned infrastructure priorities.
The report has found that:
The Auditor-General has made a series of recommendations to the Department, but the risk of more of these sorts of decisions being made in the lead up to the next election is again high. That’s why the NGAA is running Commitment Watch during the next federal election campaign – so that we can track the promises made by the Government and Opposition and hold them to account in future.
Infrastructure Australia’s 2021 Australian Infrastructure Plan provides a clear way forward for the equitable delivery of infrastructure – particularly in new communities in growth areas where the scale of the infrastructure gap is vast and widening faster due to the stimulus-driven housing boom.Read more
Three days, 26 presenters and more than 190 delegates - the 2021 NGAA Symposium: Research and Practice from Australia’s growth areas was a resounding success.Read more
Register now for the online 2021 Symposium: research and practice from Australia's growth areas. Program and tickets here.Read more