Australia’s population adjustment will need federal infrastructure support

The announcement by the Australian Prime Minister that the migration ceiling will be reduced and migrants will be encouraged to go to regions will need infrastructure support says the Urban Taskforce.


“Australia’s population growth can be accommodated in capital cities and regional cities across Australia provided there is funding for infrastructure.” Says Urban Taskforce CEO Chris Johnson “The Australian Government’s announcement about a slight reduction in the migration cap to match current actual migration numbers is reasonable as is the proposal for 23,000 migrants to be encouraged to locate to regional cities.”


“The announced changes, however, will still require financial support for new infrastructure in the major cities of Australia including Sydney and Melbourne. This will need to focus on metro rail networks so that more commuters move from cars to public transport. The capital cities are still where the high order jobs will be located and the economic impact of these cities on the Australian economy is massive.”


“While concerns have been expressed about the change in the built environment in Sydney and Melbourne by some communities the reality is that as cities grow from 5 million people to 8 million a more urban development pattern inevitably occurs. The design quality of the new urban precincts must be ensured and the provision of both soft and hard infrastructure must be well managed.”


“The encouragement for more growth in regional centres like Wollongong, Gosford and Newcastle is also likely to lead to more urban development and this will need to be supported by new infrastructure. The proposal to introduce tertiary scholarships to attract students to study in regional cities at a university will help develop a more urban bustling student lifestyle in these centres.”


“The Urban Taskforce has members who develop new buildings within Australia’s capital cities as well as in regional centres and these members will be keen to contribute to quality built environments to support the new growth.”


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