The National Growth Areas Alliance welcomes Infrastructure Australia’s new report, Planning Liveable Cities: A place-based approach to sequencing infrastructure and growth.
More than five million people already live in the fast growing outer suburbs of Australia’s capital cities, and those areas are experiencing population growth at double the national rate.
Our cities and in particular our outer suburbs have grown much faster than any level of government expected or planned for. The need for coordinated, well-planned growth is time-critical and essential to be able to maintain, and continue to build, resilient communities in liveable cities.
Our Alliance of 21 of the fastest growing Councils in Australia’s outer suburbs endorses Infrastructure Australia’s recommendations, in particular better strategic planning at the national, state and local levels which must be underpinned by a transparent three-tiered governance structure.
Fast growing outer suburbs generated 35% of population growth and 25% of job growth between 2011-16 but only received 13% of infrastructure investment. Political misalignments between levels of Government have delayed or obstructed vital infrastructure investment in growth areas.
The impact of insufficient planning and inadequate infrastructure investment on the everyday lives of five million people in fast growing outer suburbs must not be underestimated. We call upon the Federal and State Governments to work with local government to implement the findings of this report.
The March 2021 JobSeeker figures show why jobs are such an important issue for people in outer metro growth areas. The NGAA wants to see a Federal Budget focus on growth area jobs and local economies.Read more
NGAA members, research partners and academics are invited to submit projects or research to the 2021 Symposium: Research and Practice from growth areas. Submissions close Wednesday 28th April.
Australia needs to reinvigorate national cities policy, according to Leader of the Federal Opposition, Anthony Albanese. The NGAA is pleased that cities policy is once more on the national agenda.Read more
The final report of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System highlights issues that are felt in outer metropolitan growth areas of Melbourne, as well as Perth, Adelaide and Sydney.Read more