New analysis shows five million Australians are ‘disadvantaged’

New analysis shows five million Australians living in the fast-growing suburbs on the outskirts of Australia’s capital cities lack access to adequate roads, public transport and health facilities.

The work is the first to put a dollar figure on the backlog in infrastructure spending and the need for the next 15 years, focussing on roads, rail and health, in areas such as from Cockburn in Perth to Penrith in Sydney’s west.

Nationally, around $5 billion is needed each year over the next 15 years to meet the demand.

The analysis, commissioned by the National Growth Areas Alliance, also finds:

  • Fast-growing outer suburbs do not have the same access to roads, public transport and health facilities available to residents in more established suburbs closer to city centres.
  • Over $50 billion would be needed to fill the infrastructure backlog
  • To keep infrastructure on a level playing field to 2031, when the population will have reached 7.5 million people, a further $23 billion would need to be spent.

“Too often our residents are forced to travel up to two hours each way just to get to their job – burdening them with high fuel costs, stress from sitting in traffic and time away from friends and family,” says the Chair of the National Growth Areas Alliance, Glenn Docherty, who is also Mayor of the City of Playford in Adelaide.

“If a significant investment is not made, we risk dividing cities along social and economic lines: those in the inner city who have good access to transport, jobs and health facilities – and those in the fast-growing outer suburbs who do not.”

The analysis was presented at the launch of the campaign Fund our Future – which is calling for a national dedicated infrastructure fund to address the backlog in these areas and future-proof them, as they continue to grow.

By 2031 – in just 15 years – the population in fast-growing outer suburbs will have grown by half again to 7.5 million people.

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