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.
Register now for the online 2021 Symposium: research and practice from Australia's growth areas. Program and tickets here.Read more
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The March 2021 JobSeeker figures show why jobs are such an important issue for people in outer metro growth areas. The NGAA wants to see a Federal Budget focus on growth area jobs and local economies.Read more