Councils from across Australia joined a national call for better access to roads, transport, local jobs and community facilities in fast growing outer suburbs with the launch of the Catch Up with the Outer Suburbs campaign in Canberra this week.
The National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA), a group of 21 councils from fast growing suburbs on the outskirts of our capital cities, launched the Catch Up with the Outer Suburbs campaign at Parliament House in the lead up to the next Federal Election. The campaign calls on federal politicians to Catch Up with population growth in the outer suburbs and give residents access to the same essential services and infrastructure as inner city residents enjoy.
The Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge and Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development Anthony Albanese attended, along with other Members of Parliament from electorates in fast growing areas around the country.
“People move to new suburbs to create a better life for themselves and their family. But fast growing outer suburbs already are home to 5 million people, with more new residents each year and the essential services and infrastructure we need are stretched and unable to keep up with this unprecedented level of growth,” said Mayor Glenn Docherty of Playford, NGAA Chair.
“Our residents have the right to fair levels of infrastructure investment that will enable our new and established communities to thrive.”
Mayor Docherty said “Councils in growth areas are doing all we can to help our residents live in safe, healthy and connected communities. But we cannot achieve that outcome on our own. This is a national issue.”
‘Catch Up with the outer suburbs’ has three common sense recommendations for the federal government:
For further information on the Catch Up with the Outer Suburbs campaign, please visit: www.catchup.org.au
NGAA is pleased to share that our CEO Bronwen Clark has been appointed to the Urban Policy Forum by The Hon. Catherine King MP, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government. Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp will be the only other local government representative.Read more
The NGAA warmly welcomes the focus on suburbs within the infrastructure portfolio in the 2023-24 Federal Budget. Commitments on health, cost of living and other significant initiatives are very positive for new communities in the outer suburbs.Read more
This year, it’s not just about dollars for the 5.3 million Australians living in outer urban growth areas. It’s time to get our national urban policy settings right.This is what the National Growth Areas Alliance wants to see in the Federal Budget:
The NGAA welcomes the announcement of an additional $250 million local road infrastructure funding for outer urban as well as regional and rural councils.Read more