Australian Settlement Futures: the Role of the Commonwealth in Urban and Regional Planning

In a paper to the NSW PIA Conference 2010, SGS Director Patrick Fensham proposed six key roles the Australian government could assume in addressing urban and regional planning in Australia.

  1. Re-organise the urban and regional settlement agenda around a strategic logic
  2. Work with the States on metropolitan governance reform
  3. Commit to a share of GDP to be spent on nationally significant urban and regional infrastructure
  4. Establish a local ‘development and infrastructure bank' using super funds
  5. Begin the east coast ‘network cities' high speed rail project
  6. Commit to a green economy for regional development

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