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Encouraging City Deal proposals

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9 November 2016

Encouraging City Deal proposals

The Commonwealth is encouraging state and local governments to develop joint proposals for tailored City Deals to make cities more productive and liveable.

Proposals that collaborate across tiers of government, the private sector and local communities will be well received.

City Deals will reward ambitious planning reform.

Speaking to Capital City Lord Mayors at Parliament House on Wednesday, Assistant Cities Minister Angus Taylor welcomed the great interest shown in the City Deal process.

“The Australian Government looks forward to working with capital city councils and indeed all levels of government and the community to make our cities more resilient.

“While we’re ambitious and want to progress agreements with all willing jurisdictions, we can’t do them all at once.

“The Government intends to develop City Deals for all willing capital cities over coming years and this reflects the important role they play in growing our national productivity.

“Our regional cities face a different set of challenges, including higher unemployment and the effects of a transitioning economy, and their ongoing prosperity is a core focus of our cities policy.”

Assistant Minister Taylor said a competitive process to identify future Regional City Deals was under development - in order to manage demand and deliver important outcomes.

“We plan to develop a stream of City Deals specifically for regional cities to maximise their unique advantages and support long-term growth.

“We have begun with three very different deals for Townsville, Launceston and Western Sydney and these will inform the way we develop deals in other regional locations.”

Details of the competitive process to select regional City Deals will be announced in early 2017.

State, territory and local governments are encouraged to provide their input on collaborative proposals via the Cities website

Media Contact: Sarah Bucknell 0448 111 669