Logan lobbies for national support on funding
Published: 23 June 2017
Logan City Council has rallied local governments from across Australia in advocating for a national approach to roads and infrastructure funding in growing metropolitan areas.
Two motions were put forward at the recent Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) Assembly in Canberra for consideration.
City of Logan Mayor Luke Smith said the first motion called for clear funding guidelines for roads that are of national importance and part of the National Land Transport Network.
“Developing an efficient national freight network by road and rail is vital,” Mayor Smith said.
“Thirty-five per cent of Australia’s freight task is currently transported by road and by 2030, Australia's road freight task is set to increase 1.8 times over 2010 levels.
“Exactly how these roads are funded is decided on a case by case basis and is often the subject of political handballing.
“The M1 Pacific Motorway is a prime example of this. The national economy has suffered while political cycles and opposing state/federal party politics play out delaying the delivery of critical infrastructure.
“The growth of our national economy is contingent on upgrading roads like the M1 and the Mt Lindesay Highway, and we are happy to see that it is now on the agenda of Councils across the nation.”
Mayor Smith said the second motion was for the establishment of a growing suburbs fund to support infrastructure provision in growing metropolitan fringe areas.
“Australian cities are experiencing rapid growth especially on the metropolitan fringe,” Mayor Smith said.
“We see this across our city, in particular at Yarrabilba and Greater Flagstone which will be home to an additional 170,000 people over the next 20 years.
“Our urban fringe areas offer a great lifestyle with housing options that are more affordable especially for young families.
“We need infrastructure that will create jobs, drive economic growth and build the capacity of our communities and we are calling on the Federal Government to create a fund to deliver this.
“It’s time our rapidly growing fringe areas which are under the greatest amount of pressure from population growth are given access to the same funding afforded to our regions.”
Mayor Smith said the motions will be referred to the ALGA Board to inform future policy initiatives at the national level.