More babies in outer suburbs

There’s plenty to celebrate in the outer suburbs – and Mother’s Day this Sunday is one very good reason!

There are more babies born in outer suburbs than in other populations, including almost 20,000 each year in six Melbourne municipalities alone – Wyndham, Whittlesea, Melton, Hume, Casey and Cardinia.

It’s a similar story across the country from Perth’s outer suburbs to Sydney’s west.

“The growth is happening, but the infrastructure just isn’t keeping up,” says Ruth Spielman, from the Fund our Future team. “There is overwhelming evidence that residents lack the same access to quality roads, public transport and health facilities as those in areas closer to city centres.”

Mums everywhere want a secure future for their kids.

We do too. Sign our petition for a national dedicated infrastructure fund for outer growth areas.

And Happy Mother’s Day!