14 February 2023
The National Growth Areas Alliance welcomes the recognition of fast growing outer urban areas in today’s Federal Government announcement of $750 million to local councils for priority local road and community infrastructure projects.
All NGAA Member Councils, fast growing outer urban councils across Australia, have received funding under the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.
Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King specifically referenced outer urban areas as one of the priority areas to receive funding from an additional $250 million from the Albanese Government, on top of $500 million allocated prior to the May 2022 election. The NGAA applauds this long overdue acknowledgement of outer suburbs, which have specific characteristics and needs that make them distinct from CBDs and regions.
The LRCI Program will realise the benefits of providing funding directly to local governments, who have first-hand knowledge of what their own communities need. As well as roads and transport, community infrastructure such as libraries, community hubs and sports facilities are important parts of new suburbs as new residents connect and establish themselves.
Outer urban growth areas are home to 5.3 million people and are growing nearly three times as fast as the rest of Australia, but vital infrastructure to get people to work, study and home is lagging behind the population boom.
NGAA is recruiting a National Communications Coordinator.
Please read on if you are energised by political engagement and advocacy, experienced in developing and implementing communication and social media strategies and can find compelling ways to communicate the opportunities and challenges of Australia’s growth areas. Experience living or working in growth areas very welcome. Remote or office working options available.Read more
Officers from NGAA Member councils are invited to express their interest in joining our Policy Advisory Committees.Read more
Thanks to all Mayors, Councillors, Adminstrators and officers who joined us for lunch during the ALGA NGA.,
Click through for photos and the Chair's speech.Read more
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