In addition to the more than 40,000 emails of support, there are plenty of other developments for the campaign.
As part of the campaign, we are highlighting the sort of projects that could be supported through a dedicated fund. We welcome any commitments to these – and will be keeping track of them – but maintain that a piecemeal approach is inadequate and communities are demanding a long-term approach, that is a dedicated fund.
The ALP has backed three of the projects our campaign has highlighted. They are:
In media about the Federal Budget response, the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Cities, Anthony Albanese said communities “deserve a government that takes action to improve the liveability of our outer suburbs”. The Assistant Minister for Cities Angus Taylor said “Outer suburban areas are as big a focus of the Smart Cities Plan as are inner suburbs and regional cities. I am excited about the potential of suburban areas to crack open the jobs clustering in our inner CBDs, which has been a feature of the development of our cities in recent decades. We need more job clusters in the suburbs.”
We’ve had another page one story. This one “Australian cities are booming; how can we ensure outer suburbs don’t get left behind?” is in the national publication, Local Government Focus.
So far, there have been around 124 stories about the Fund our Future campaign. There have been 102 stories in the local media, 18 state-wide stories and four national stories.