Property Council welcomes focus on cities

The Property Council has welcomed the Government’s continuing focus on the infrastructure needs of our cities through the appointment of a dedicated Minister to deal with cities, urban infrastructure and population matters.

“We look forward to working with Alan Tudge in his new role on the development and implementation of policies that will create great cities for current and future generations of Australians,” said Ken Morrison, Chief Executive of the Property Council.

“As one of the most urbanised countries in the world, our economic future will largely be based on the success of our cities, both large and small.

“It is vital the Government keeps building the momentum on nation-building investments and city-shaping policies so that our cities keep growing well.

“Australia’s major cities are experiencing strong growth, from natural population increase and immigration, so ensuring they grow well and their residents can prosper and enjoy a great quality of life requires good planning and smart investment.

“Population growth is certainly playing a role, but we must also recognise that people are attracted to cities for the economic, education and lifestyle benefits and opportunities they offer.

“We must have a comprehensive policy approach for our cities, which covers infrastructure, metropolitan governance, planning and population trends.

“Minister Tudge will play a vital role in bringing these issues to the fore in the Government and we look forward to working closely with him in his new portfolio,” Mr Morrison said.

Mr Morrison highlighted the significant contribution of the former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, Paul Fletcher, and thanked him for his open, positive and very constructive engagement with industry representatives.

Source: Property Council of Australia