Residents in outer suburbs demand a better deal

Support from the people who live in the fast-growing outer suburbs is the key to the success of the Fund our Future campaign. Our community members have seen the Fund our Future flag flying at community events and festivals in Hume, Melton, Wyndham and Whittlesea in Victoria. Councillors and council staff have been publicising the need for a dedicated fund, and receiving an overwhelmingly positive response. Petition numbers spike each time we take our message to the community.

Commuters starting the long trip from the outer suburbs into work have also been presented with the Fund our Future message – and many have used their commuting time to visit our website and sign our petition. Commuters in Wollondilly, Campbelltown, Blacktown and Penrith in NSW and Wyndham in Victoria were greeted by enthusiastic Fund our Future team members enjoying an early morning start.

Council staff in western Sydney took to the streets this week, wearing the new campaign T-shirts and hats and talked to people about their commutes, while handing out fliers.

Many commuters in western Sydney were enthused by the proposal for a new rail link connecting Sydney’s booming south-west with the growing north-west. The link, being supported by Penrith, Blacktown and Campbelltown City Councils, as well as Wollondilly Shire Council, is an example of a project which could be backed by a national fund. It would also service the new airport at Badgery’s Creek.

The south-west to north-west rail link would ease traffic congestion on roads, make commutes faster and more efficient for tens of thousands and open up countless business opportunities.

As a result of the outreach in the last week, there was a spike in traffic to the Fund our Future website, with an additional 4,000 emails being sent to Canberra. That’s roughly 3,500 more than previous weeks.

Fund our Future is unique because it brings together communities with similar issues from all over the country and demands a change in the way the federal government invests in growth areas. A fund would support projects with sound business cases based on merit and good planning – not on election cycles.

The campaign is based on an analysis, commissioned by the NGAA, which shows that $5 billion per year is needed over the next 15 years to catch up on the infrastructure backlog and keep pace with the expected growth.

Five million Australians already live in fast-growing outer suburbs around the country. In 15 years, the population in these areas will have increased by half again to 7.5 million people. To take part, go to www.fundourfuture.info