Communities Must Support Urban Infrastructure And Urban Density

The Infrastructure Australia (IA) report Australian Infrastructure Audit 2019 raises concerns that communities are opposing vital infrastructure projects worth $20 billion says the Urban Taskforce.


“The detailed report by Infrastructure Australia paints a picture of how Australia’s four major cities must provide more infrastructure to keep pace with rapid population growth.” Says Urban Taskforce CEO Chris Johnson “The IA report indicates that Australia’s population will grow by 24 percent to reach 31.4 million by 2034 and that the dominance of infill development in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane will require high capacity public transport. We believe the Infrastructure Australia must require state governments and councils to support increased densities around public transport nodes, particularly metro rail stations.”


“The Federal Government should contribute significant funds for urban metro rail projects in Australia’s four largest cities so they are able to restructure the built form around stations to accommodate growth. Clearly the best way to accommodate the growth will be in taller apartment buildings around metro rail stations rather than spreading lower rise growth across the suburbs. The Urban Taskforce sees Australia’s largest cities as developing a new layer of urban infill development based on apartment living and the sharing of amenities closely related to high capacity public transport nodes.”


“It is of concern that the IA report states that $20 billion worth of infrastructure projects was delayed or cancelled due to community opposition over the past decade. Governments must champion new infrastructure projects as being a vital part of planning for growth for future generations. Strong leadership is required to ensure that older communities who are concerned about change do not undermine opportunities for the next generation to live a more urban lifestyle.”


“The Infrastructure Australia report also calls for high levels of infrastructure access to satellite cities like Wollongong and Newcastle. The Urban Taskforce has proposed that fast rail connections to satellite cities around Sydney would increase the economic output of the network of urban centres.”


“The Infrastructure Australia report gives a very clear direction for Australia’s four largest cities as being focussed on urban mixed use high density infill development supported by fast metro rail networks. The NSW Government needs to work within the IA strategy to ensure that infrastructure networks are supported by robust new development.”


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