7.5 million reasons to focus on the outer suburbs

Politicians, policy makers, planners and developers are providing a range of views on one of Australia’s biggest urban challenges.

Building the outer suburbs of the future is the focus of the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) Congress in Perth’s north. The event is hosted by one of the largest growing local government regions in Australia, the City of Wanneroo.

In just 15 years, Australia’s outer suburbs will be home to a staggering 7.5 million Australians. Five million Australians currently live in these communities, on the outskirts of the capital cities.

Speakers at the event include Shadow Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese, Federal Liberal MP Ian Goodenough and author, futurist and strategic advisor in the property sector Brian Haratsis, the Executive Chairman of MacroPlan Australia.

The Chair of the NGAA and Mayor of the City of Playford in Adelaide’s north Glenn Docherty says it’s critical to get the policy right: “Outer suburbs like ours are the future of this country, as we’re growing at twice the rate of other areas.

“Now is the time to make sure we address the challenge in the right way,” he says. “That’s why we have a range of perspectives at the Congress.”

 Other highlights include:

  • A panel discussion on city deals, infrastructure financing and value capture models
  • Seeing best practice in the City of Wanneroo in Perth’s north
  • An awards dinner, acknowledging outstanding projects being developed and delivered in the outer suburbs, hosted by comedian and star of Kath and Kim, Peter Rowsthorn

Media contact: Susi Hamilton, NGAA Communications Officer 0448 388 934.