As part of the 2011 Federal Budget the Honourable Anthony Albanese MP released a press release announcing the government’sÂ Sustainable Australia – Liveable Cities and Urban Renewal Program. An edited extract of the relevant parts of the Minister’s press release follows below.
The Federal Â Government has released Australia’s National Urban Policy, with the 2011-12 Budget providing $181.4 million to progress a range of practical measures which will promote more productive, sustainable and liveable cities.
Our Cities, Our Future – a National Urban Policy Framework articulates the Commonwealth’s objectives and priorities for the nation’s 18 major cities, which are the engine rooms of growth, innovation and opportunity.
To progress implementation of the Framework, the 2011-12 Budget puts in place anÂ Action Plan for Our Cities with an initial down-payment of $181.4 million over four years for:
â–ªAÂ Sustainable Australia – Liveable Cities and Urban Renewal Program – $20 million – to leverage additional resources from state and territory governments as well as local councils for innovative solutions to poor urban design, high levels of car dependency, traffic congestion, a lack of open space and rising carbon emissions.
The National Urban Policy was developed by my Department’s Major Cities Unit following extensive consultations with all levels of government as well as academia and town planners, including over 200 written submissions.Â The final Framework provides a long term blueprint to:
- Better connect infrastructure with work and opportunity in our cities so we can reduce people’s dependency on the car.
- Develop high quality public transport and infrastructure systems to ease congestion and improve quality of life.
- Reduce the carbon footprint of our cities and adapt them to the consequences of climate change.
- Improve urban planning and design to better reflect our increasingly diverse lifestyles.
As one of the most urbanised societies on the planet, Australia’s continuing economic prosperity will largely depend on how successful we are at making our cities work better.Â 75 per cent of Australians live in our major cities and regional centres which generate around 80 per cent of our national income and 75 per cent of the nation’s jobs.Â While Australian cities are amongst the most liveable in the world, the long term challenges we face such as climate change and population growth leave no room for complacency. For instance, in the absence of a new approach traffic congestion is set to cost Australian businesses and families more than $20 billion a year by the end of this decade.
Importantly,Â Our Cities, Our Future – a National Urban Policy Framework is the latest initiative by this Government to restore national leadership over the growth of our cities and the development of a sustainable Australia.
TheÂ Ministerial Statement: Our Cities, Our Future – A National Urban Policy forÂ Productive, Sustainable and Liveable Future is available by clicking here.