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Learnings from 2019 NGAA Congress

15 . 11 . 2019

The 2019 NGAA National Congress, Far Out - Creating places and spaces in Australia’s outer suburbs, gave insights into leading practice and thinking on creating communities and making paddocks into postcodes.

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National Congress: Far Out

11 . 11 . 2019

Mayors from growth area councils are shaping Australia's future cities and suburbs at the 2019 National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) National Congress in Perth, 10 November. 

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New Strategic Advisory Committee

11 . 11 . 2019

The new NGAA Strategic Advisory Committee has been announced. The members are…

 

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Population Centre launched

04 . 10 . 2019

NGAA supports the goal of the Centre for Population – getting the numbers right.  

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Plan for future - but catch up first

25 . 09 . 2019

Planning for Australia’s future population, the Government’s strategy to ‘manage current challenges and develop long term plans' is a first step in the marathon of significant policy shifts required to address the needs of growth areas - but we need to catch up first.

 

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Growth areas bear brunt of increased commute times

30 . 07 . 2019

New data showing that commute times have risen by 23 per cent is no surprise for frustrated residents of fast-growing suburbs and cities. 

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Growth Area Projects on Infrastructure Priority List 2020

19 . 07 . 2019

NGAA has been invited to submit a collated list of growth area projects to be considered for inclusion in the Infrastructure Priority List 2020. 

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Research Partners Update

19 . 07 . 2019

Collaborations with the NGAA’s research partner such as AHURI, the Life Course Centre and Future Cities CRC help ensure that the outer suburbs are included in long term studies.

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First Symposium highlights outer suburbs innovation

10 . 07 . 2019

The NGAA Symposium, Research and Practice from Australia’s fast growing outer suburbs, on July 4, was a packed day with papers from growth areas.

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NGAA Chair Mayor Glenn Docherty - speech 17 June 2019

18 . 06 . 2019

Mayor Glenn Docherty's speech at the NGAA Member's Meeting held on 17 June, 2019 at the Australian Local Government Assembly (National General Assembly) in Canberra.

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ALGA National General Assembly – advocating NGAA’s policy platform

07 . 06 . 2019

As many of our Member Councils head to Canberra for the Australian Local Government Association National General Assembly in mid-June, we look at the resolutions from Members that directly relate to NGAA’s policy platform. 

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Keeping the momentum for outer suburbs

31 . 05 . 2019

The NGAA will continue to pursue funding and policy commitments made to fast growing outer suburbs during the Federal Election campaign.

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NGAA welcomes Cities focus from Coalition and ALP

15 . 05 . 2019

The NGAA welcomes today's focus on Cities by both the Coalition and the ALP in the lead up to the May 18 Federal Election.

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Election 2019 State of Play: Roads and Transport

18 . 04 . 2019

In the lead-up to the Federal Election in May, what are the major parties doing about the first priority of the NGAA's Catch Up with the Outer Suburbs campaign - Get 5 million people to work, study or home on time?

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Five million with Nightmare Commutes get a win in Federal Budget

03 . 04 . 2019

The challenges of responding to rapid population growth in the outer suburbs of Australia’s capital cities play a starring role in the 2019-20 Federal Budget.

Mayor Glenn Docherty (Playford, SA), Chair of the National Growth Areas Alliance which represents 21 Councils in fast growing outer suburbs, welcomed the long overdue focus on urban infrastructure.

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2019-20 Federal Budget outcomes

02 . 04 . 2019

The 2019-20 Federal Budget has an undeniable focus on infrastructure and the cross portfolio response to population growth (outlined in Planning for Australia’s future population) has put the challenges and opportunities of NGAA members front and centre. The significant expansion of investment in the Urban Congestion Fund is a strong indication that our transport issues are well and truly on the Government’s agenda.

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What we want in 2019-20 Federal Budget

01 . 04 . 2019

The 2019-20 Federal Budget will be handed down tonight amidst a flurry of funding announcements, many of them from the current Budget's  $1 billion Urban Congestion Fund (UCF). We are looking for a continuation of the UCF to help catch up with infrastructure demand in growth areas, along with other items from our Federal Budget Submission.

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It's time to Catch Up with the outer suburbs

18 . 02 . 2019

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.

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2019-20 Federal Budget Submission

12 . 02 . 2019

NGAA has made a 2019-20 Budget Submission to the Federal Government, focussing on five building blocks for good growth.

The full submission is available on the Advocacy page of the NGAA website.

 

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Planning Liveable Cities: A place-based approach to sequencing infrastructure and growth

14 . 12 . 2018

The National Growth Areas Alliance welcomes Infrastructure Australia’s new report, Planning Liveable Cities: A place-based approach to sequencing infrastructure and growth. We call upon the Federal and State Governments to work with local government to implement the findings of this report.

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NGAA Awards Strong Vision in Our Fast Growing Outer Suburbs

23 . 11 . 2018

The 2018 NGAA Awards showcased the vision and expertise that is building Australia’s diverse outer suburban growth areas. Winning projects included innovative uses of technology, a community program to prevent family violence, a suburb-wide urban planning approach and a $109 million community recreation facility.

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Three Priorities for Great Australian Cities

21 . 11 . 2018

Three priorities are the pathway to great Australian cities according to Professor Greg Clark, global cities expert, who addressed Mayors, Councillors and executives from Australia’s fastest growing outer suburban Councils at the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) Congress in the booming south west of Sydney this week.

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Time to catch up with the outer suburbs

26 . 10 . 2018

Infrastructure Australia has highlighted the need for public transport to catch up with the five million Australians who live in fast growing outer suburbs. We are pleased that the research and recommendations support our calls for urgent investment in transport infrastructure in the outer suburbs, 

 

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Response to Grattan Institute's 'Remarkably adaptive' report

05 . 10 . 2018

The Grattan Institute has released a report stating that population growth has had little impact on the average metropolitan Australians’ commute to work.The NGAA’s understanding of commutes from the outer suburbs is very different.

 

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Response to 'Building Up and Moving Out' Report

19 . 09 . 2018

Momentum is building for action by the Federal Government to respond to the impact of rapid and sustained population growth, with the Building Up and Moving Out report from the Standing Committee on infrastructure, Transport and Cities.

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New PM has chance to strengthen focus on cities

24 . 08 . 2018

The National Growth Areas Alliance looks forward to a continued Federal Government focus on cities policy under new Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

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2018 Federal Budget - Government finally recognising growth areas

08 . 05 . 2018

The Federal Government has finally started listening to the nearly 5 million people in Australia’s fast growing outer suburbs who face daily challenges of nightmare commutes to work or study, and lack of public transport options.

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Bronwen Clark appointed new NGAA Executive Officer

22 . 03 . 2018

Chair of the National Growth Areas Alliance, Mayor Glenn Docherty, is pleased to announce Bronwen Clark has been appointed to the role of Executive Officer, following a national recruitment process.

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Melbourne's Outer Suburbs Ready for Transformation

21 . 03 . 2018

Growth areas have welcomed 35 per cent of Australia’s overall population growth in the last five years, but only received 13 per cent of total infrastructure investment. Councils in growth areas are responding to this deficit with innovative and transformational projects to provide services and facilities their communities need.

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Adelaide's Fast Growing Outer Suburbs Ready for Transformation

14 . 03 . 2018

Two new research reports commissioned by NGAA tell the story of changing populations and economies which provide many opportunities for development.

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NGAA talking population growth on Life Matters

14 . 03 . 2018

Catch up on our Acting Executive Officer's chat about population growth with demographer Prof. Peter McDonald and host Michael Mackenzie on Radio National's Life Matters program here.

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Government and Opposition to meet with leaders from Australia's fastest-growing outer suburbs

16 . 11 . 2017

Local Government leaders from fast-growing outer suburbs across Australia will gather in Melbourne’s south east next week to share stories of the incredible impact of rapid population growth on their communities.

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National Nightmare Commute Day takes place on 14 September

12 . 09 . 2017

A national event giving residents of fast-growing outer suburbs the chance to share their #nightmarecommute stories on social media.

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Inequity and missed opportunity, not just growing pains, the issue for outer suburbs

21 . 08 . 2017

The National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) has today released the State of Australia's FastGrowing Outer Suburbs..

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More focus needed to deliver fairness and opportunity to five million Australians

09 . 05 . 2017

The focus on infrastructure in the 2017-18 Federal Budget is a step in the right direction..

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Outer Suburbs need a budget boost

08 . 05 . 2017

Five million people living in Australia’s fast-growing outer suburbs are hoping tomorrow's federal budget..

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Seven peak organisations unite to support "good debt" approach

28 . 04 . 2017

The federal government should not shy away from borrowing for public infrastructure investment..

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Outer Suburbs growing too fast to overlook

20 . 04 . 2017

Fast-growing outer suburbs, home to five million people and growing at double the national rate, are the often..

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Outer Suburbs key to Australian Cities Policy

18 . 04 . 2017

National Growth Areas Alliance Executive Officer, Ruth Spielman, has been appointed to the Cities Reference Group, convened..

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Call for 2017-18 Federal Budget to invest in Australia's Growing Outer Suburbs

20 . 01 . 2017

Chair of the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA), Mayor Glenn Docherty.

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