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Building cities for the future



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Campaign Media Release

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

BUILDING CITIES FOR THE FUTURE

A re-elected Rudd Labor Government will appoint Australia’s first Minister for Cities and establish an Outer Suburban Growth Taskforce to develop a comprehensive Ten Year Jobs and Growth strategy for our cities’ outer suburbs.

This strategy will tackle the pressures on people living in the outer suburbs - from transport congestion and long commutes to limited local job opportunities and the need for better infrastructure.

Australia’s outer suburbs are central to our nation’s future population and economic growth.

The number of people living in the outer suburbs is projected to double over the next 25 years.

That means almost one in every five Australians will live in the outer suburbs - yet less than one in every 10 jobs is currently located there.

Too many Australians from the suburbs have to spend long hours travelling to work each day.

This increases their cost of living, reduces time they can spend with their families and acts as a drag on workplace productivity.

The Rudd Labor Government will ensure more of the jobs of the future are based in the suburbs of the future, improving the liveability of our outer suburban regions.

An industry-led Outer Suburban Growth Taskforce will work with Federal and State Governments, local councils and the private sector.

It will develop and implement a Ten Year Jobs and Growth strategy to boost innovation, infrastructure, skills and training, business development and jobs in our bustling outer suburbs.

The Taskforce will be supported by an expanded Major Cities Unit in the Department of Infrastructure and Transport.

The Rudd Labor Government will also establish a $21 million Suburban Jobs Fund to back small businesses in outer metropolitan areas.

This co-investment fund will encourage local councils to establish networks of business hubs in strategic suburban locations.

The hubs will link local small businesses with experienced business advisory services. They will also support business expos and venture capital opportunities.

These initiatives will build on the benefits of the National Broadband Network (NBN) which is a major infrastructure investment for our cities and outer suburbs.

The NBN allows outer suburbs to take advantage of their more affordable real estate and skilled people to compete nationally and internationally with a super-fast broadband network.

Our cities are powerhouses of our economy, generating 85 per cent of national wealth. They are home to almost three-quarters of all Australians - yet opportunities are not shared fairly across the different suburban areas in each city.

Those living in outer suburbs face unique challenges - long commutes to work, a lack of local jobs, fast population growth and inadequate transport and community infrastructure.

An industry-led Outer Suburban Growth Taskforce will work with Federal and State Governments, local councils and the private sector.

It will develop and implement a Ten Year Jobs and Growth strategy to boost innovation, infrastructure, skills and training, business development and jobs in our bustling outer suburbs.

The Taskforce will be supported by an expanded Major Cities Unit in the Department of Infrastructure and Transport.

The Rudd Labor Government will also establish a $21 million Suburban Jobs Fund to back small businesses in outer metropolitan areas.

This co-investment fund will encourage local councils to establish networks of business hubs in strategic suburban locations.

The hubs will link local small businesses with experienced business advisory services. They will also support business expos and venture capital opportunities.

These initiatives will build on the benefits of the National Broadband Network (NBN) which is a major infrastructure investment for our cities and outer suburbs.

The NBN allows outer suburbs to take advantage of their more affordable real estate and skilled people to compete nationally and internationally with a super-fast broadband network.

Our cities are powerhouses of our economy, generating 85 per cent of national wealth. They are home to almost three-quarters of all Australians - yet opportunities are not shared fairly across the different suburban areas in each city.

Those living in outer suburbs face unique challenges - long commutes to work, a lack of local jobs, fast population growth and inadequate transport and community infrastructure.

This commitment will be delivered through the Labor Government’s Economic Competitiveness Fund that is already included in the budget.

It follows the Federal Labor’s strong focus on improving cities, including:

- Launching the National Urban Policy - Our Cities, Our Future, for a productive, sustainable and liveable future.

- Creating the Urban Policy Forum, a group of national leaders to drive urban policy implementation.

- Working with States and Territories through COAG to develop long term strategic plans for our capital cities.

- Introducing a Liveable Cities program with more than $70 million to promote best practice in urban design and liveability.

- Investing $13.6 billion in public transport infrastructure - more than all other Federal Governments combined since Federation.

- Investing over $10 billion in urban roads such as extending the M4 and M5 and the Missing Link between the F3 and M2 in Sydney, widening the Ipswich and Pacific Motorways in Brisbane, upgrading the Western Ring Road in Melbourne, upgrading South Road in Adelaide and the WA Gateway in Perth.

PERTH 30 AUGUST 2013