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:
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