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Transformational Infrastructure Projects in Australia’s Fast Growing Outer Suburbs, a research project undertaken for NGAA by the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University in conjunction with the Universities of Adelaide, Melbourne and Western Australia, explores what it takes to get a transformational project off the ground. It will be launched by NGAA’s Victorian Spokesperson, Cr Peter Maynard, Mayor of Wyndham City Council on Thursday 22 March, 2018.

“Growth Councils right across the country are taking the initiative to drive forward the physical, community and social infrastructure our residents need.

“Faster and more convenient public transport connections, more health services and the creation of new employment hubs – especially in high tech industries – will bring about positive and sustainable change to the everyday lives of the residents of Melbourne’s growth areas,” he said.

“The time is right – and we are ready – for government investment that will transform our growing outer suburbs,” said Cr Maynard.

The City of Wyndham’s strategy to redevelop Werribee City Centre, along with initial plans to build a Town Centre in the new suburb of Mernda in the City of Whittlesea, both studied in detail in the research, are indicative of the different stages of planning required to respond to rapid and sustained population growth.

“The 2016 census has given us the data to back up what we in growth Councils already know –growth areas right across the country are changing – and doing so at a rapid rate,” he said.

“No longer the bastion of the first home buyer, our communities are made up of people from all age groups, with the number of ‘empty nesters’ and retirees growing rapidly. The diversity of cultural backgrounds, career and life stages is reflected in the growing diversity of jobs, industries, facilities and services our communities need and expect.

“We need to move the population growth conversation past the numbers, and focus on building safe, healthy and efficient suburbs, cities and communities,” he said.

The State of Australia’s Fast Growing Outer Suburbs (undertaken by .id) and Transformational Infrastructure Projects in Australia’s Fast Growing Outer Suburbs, undertaken by NGAA’s Universities Reference Group are available at www.ngaa.org.au/research

Media enquiries: Bronwen Clark, NGAA 0448 401 257 bronwen.clark@ngaa.org.au

 

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