Fund our Future is getting attention from politicians and industry groups.
The Victorian Government has lent its support, with the Treasurer, Tim Pallas writing: “I support your efforts to demonstrate to the Commonwealth Government and the Opposition the need to establish a dedicated infrastructure funding mechanism for outer metropolitan growth areas across Australia.” He points out the State Government provided $50 million towards an Interface Growth Fund in the most recent budget and that in total it allocated $1 billion over four years for new investment in outer suburbs and growth areas.
The Leader of the NSW Opposition, Luke Foley, has congratulated the NGAA on its leadership, saying he supports “…increased federal funding to provide for roads, public transport and health services in these metropolitan growth areas.”
The Australian Greens have issued a press release with their Deputy Leader and spokesperson for sustainable cities Senator Scott Ludlam saying: “Populations have exploded in the outer suburbs over the last decade, but there has been nowhere near the same growth in essential services for the residents of these suburbs.”
The party’s spokesperson for transport and infrastructure Senator Janet Rice adds: “Better public transport and health facilities will be good for residents and good for business.”
Property Council chief executive Ken Morrison says the NGAA is right to highlight the infrastructure shortfall occurring across Australia’s fast-growing outer suburbs.
“For too long, the outer-rings of Australia’s major cities have not been getting the health, education, transport and road infrastructure that they need,” Mr Morrison says.
Others such as the RACV, Consult Australia and the Committee for Sydney have shared about the campaign on social media.