Outer suburbs want sense as well as dollars in Federal Budget
Tuesday, 9 May 2023
This year, it’s not just about dollars for the 5.3 million Australians living in outer urban growth areas. It’s time to tackle the fundamental issues and get our national urban policy settings right.
This is what the National Growth Areas Alliance wants to see in the Federal Budget:
A partnership model of infrastructure investment and better sequencing of infrastructure delivery, under a National Urban Policy Framework that embeds objectives for sustainable urban development in the outer suburbs.
We are seeking a targeted approach and commitment to outer suburban growth areas similar to the Regional Precincts and Partnerships program. We want to see long-term evidence-based funding. See our 2023 - 24 Pre-Budget Submission for infrastructure projects in growth areas.
Our recommendations on outer urban areas and urban policy are evidence based and are informed and supported by the experience of local governments in growth areas across the nation.
Why do growth areas need a specific focus?
The outer suburbs have specific characteristics and unmet needs that are distinct from CBDs and regions. They are impacted by:
About growth areas
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
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
ABC News: NGAA CEO sets the scene for 2023 National Congress in ABC interview urging the federal government to invest in climate-proofing vulnerable growth regions .Read more