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Sydney’s population to double by 2061: Get involved to help shape our Smart Cities

COMMUNITY feedback across Bennelong is being sought on the Government’s new Smart Cities Plan.

The Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, today released the Smart Cities Plan to deliver jobs closer to homes, more affordable housing, better transport connections and healthy environments.

A renewed national focus on Australian cities, metropolitan and regional, will help build an innovative and prosperous nation. Smart cities will grow the innovation economy.

By 2031, Sydney’s population is set to grow by 1.5 million people. By 2061, it will have almost doubled to around 8.5 million people. (ABS Population Projections 2012) Hundreds of thousands of new homes and new transport infrastructure are needed for Sydney.

As both Chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities and local MP, John Alexander MP encourages residents in Bennelong to provide input on jobs closer to homes, more affordable housing, commutes to and from work and technology solutions to improve sustainability.

“Since my maiden speech to Parliament in 2010, I have been fighting for a smarter cities policy that will help redress the imbalance between city and country. Bennelong is one of the most congested regions in the country. This problem can only be seriously addressed through a long term policy approach that will inspire a decentralisation of our growing population to help protect the amenity of our local Bennelong community,” John Alexander said.

The Smart Cities Plan prioritises smart investment, smart policy and smart technology to improve our cities. It includes:

  • establishment of an infrastructure financing unit to work closely with the private sector on innovative financing solutions;
  • committing $50 million to accelerate planning and development works on major infrastructure projects to develop business cases and investment options.

Assistant Minister for Cities Angus Taylor said City Deals would be at the heart of smart policy. City Deals will provide common goals across levels of government – local, state and federal. They will support industry and employment centres and infrastructure investment linked to broader reforms.

“The global lesson is that cities collaborate to compete, and success requires commitment from all tiers of government, the private sector and the local community. There’s a great incentive here for everyone to work together.”

Feedback on the #SmartCitiesPlan is welcome through the Cities website www.dpmc.gov.au/cities