Government welcomes IA's liveable cities report

The Coalition Government has welcomed Infrastructure Australia's new Planning Liveable Cities report.

Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said the recommendations reflected key pillars of the Coalition's population and cities policies.  

The report emphasises the importance of collaboration between governments, community input and strategic population planning in maintaining quality of life in the nation's largest cities.

Population will be a key focus of tomorrow's Council of Australian Governments meeting in Adelaide.

“Tomorrow the Prime Minister will be sitting down with Premiers and Chief Ministers and asking them to help address the nation's growing pains through a new, bottom-up approach to migration and growth,” Mr Tudge said.

“We are also delivering on the report's recommendation to better strategically plan for Australia's future population.

“Integral to this has been linking population to my portfolio responsibilities of infrastructure and cities to better plan for future growth as a first step.”

“We are committed to dealing with the uneven distribution of population growth between increasingly congested major cities and regional areas that are crying out for more people.

“We also know that congestion costs the national economy billions of dollars each year and significantly impacts the productivity and liveability of Australia's capital cities.

“That's why the Coalition lifted expenditure as soon as we came to office and in the last budget, allocating $75 billion to infrastructure under a 10-year rolling investment pipeline.

The Government will release its population strategy before the next election.

Mr Tudge said the Government has also negotiated and delivered City Deals for Western Sydney, Darwin, Townsville and Launceston—with Adelaide, Hobart and Geelong to follow along with other cities.

“Through the Coalition's City Deals we have created a mechanism to inject community input directly into planning for new growth and infrastructure, which is another key recommendation of the Infrastructure Australia paper.”