Infrastructure Failing to Keep Pace with Demand for Housing

The roll out of infrastructure is not keeping up with the delivery of new housing in growth areas of Australia’s largest cities, warns the latest Infrastructure Australia report.

The Planning Liveable Cities report calls for a “place-based approach” that would enable governments to deliver more diverse housing, including at higher densities, in a way that supports the character and identity of each area.

Substantial planning, funding and policy reforms have been recommended to ensure governments are seamlessly coordinating the delivery of new housing in growing cities along with the infrastructure required, such as public transport, roads, hospitals and schools, to support it.

Infrastructure Australia executive director Peter Colacino says delays in the provision of infrastructure cost not only the economy but also the quality of life of those affected.

“If we don’t get the timing of new housing and infrastructure right, our growth centres risk being characterised by congested roads, overcrowded trains and buses, over-enrolment in schools, hospital bed shortages and constraints on community infrastructure,” he said.

“Around the country, governments are structured to deliver outcomes for sectors, such as transport, education, and health services, rather than outcomes for a ‘place’ and a community.

“This can lead to siloed planning and decision-making, which often leads to poor outcomes for communities.”

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