Major cities agency can make a real difference

30 April 2008

Australias property developers today welcomed the Federal Governments decision to establish a high-level Major Cities Unit.

The Urban Taskforces chief executive, Aaron Gadiel, said the move suggested that government was genuine in its commitment to improving our urban environments.


This is a welcome move by the Commonwealth to support our nations cities, and encourage urban development, Mr Gadiel said.


Industry and the community have being crying out for a more coordinated policy approach to the metropolitan areas.


The Federal Government will now be armed with two key agencies the Major Cities Unit and Infrastructure Australia.


This offers a new hope that we will finally have real federal-state co-operation on transport and other key infrastructure.


We also welcome the recognition of Newcastle and the Gold Coast as major cities.


The Urban Taskforce is a property development industry group, representing Australias most prominent property developers and equity financiers.


The NSW development industrys annual turnover is $35 billion and employs 180,000 people, accounting for six percent of the States total employment. It is the fifth largest contributor to the State economy.



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