Smart Cities Plan is a plan for the regions

Media Release


28 April 2016

Joint release with:

Angus Taylor

Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation
Federal Member for Hume

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash and Assistant Minister for Cities Angus Taylor will ensure the Coalition Government's Smart Cities Plan is a plan for the regions.

Minister Nash said while regional cities already offered great lifestyle, short travel times, affordable housing and clean air, it was important government supported regional cities for greater growth.

"Regional cities make a massive contribution to the national economy, and there is more room to grow. The Smart Cities Plan will drive economic growth and create new jobs in regional Australia.

The Smart Cities Plan includes:

  • establishment of an infrastructure financing unit to work closely with the private sector to find new ways to finance city priorities
  • committing $50 million to accelerate planning and development works on major infrastructure projects to develop business cases and investment options.

"As our great regional cities grow, we want them to retain the things we love about them - the short travel times to work, the open space and the community feel. Planning is essential for this.

"The Government will look to create new strategic partnerships between local councils, state and federal governments to be known as City Deals. These deals will not be focused exclusively on how many people live in the city or region, but on its potential for economic growth and on cooperation between governments," Minister Nash said.

Assistant Minister for Cities Angus Taylor said regional cities, and suburban centres, had huge potential to break open the clustering in capital cities and attract rapid jobs growth.

"I have learnt from first-hand experience in my hometown of Goulburn, if government, local businesses and the community can come together with a coordinated plan for growth, the sky's the limit."

He said City Deals would support regional industry and employment centres, as well as infrastructure investment linked to broader reforms.

Community feedback on the #SmartCitiesPlan is welcome through the cities website