Population strains pose transport challenges

Population strains pose transport challenges

Changing workforce patterns pose future challenges for transport infrastructure planning in Australian cities, the State of Australian Cities 2013 report has found.
The report found Australia had one of the highest population growth rates in the OECD, with half of that coming from net overseas migration.
“Since the average growth of major cities is slightly above the national rate, this indicates many Australian cities have some of the highest growth rates in the developed world,” it says.
“There are large differences in the age and gender of those moving to and from individual capital cities. Canberra, Darwin, Perth and to a lesser extent Brisbane are attracting high numbers of mainly male 15 to 24-year-olds.
“Sydney is losing significant numbers of residents across all age groups but overseas migrants are taking their place at a rate that keeps Sydney growing, albeit below the national average.”

State of Cities report released

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese said the previous three editions of the publication generated enormous interest and had been downloaded more than three million times.
“Compiled by the Major Cities Unit within my Department, this latest ‘report card’ builds on the previous three, providing an even more comprehensive analysis of the progress and performance of the nation’s 18 biggest cities,” Mr Albanese said.
“As well as giving us a better understanding of how our cities work, the report also identifies the specific initiatives of local councils and State planning authorities which are proving effective at promoting more productive, sustainable and liveable urban communities.”
He also announced the release of a second report, Walking, Riding and Access to Public Transport, which he said set out the simple steps that Governments and employers could take to increase the proportion of people walking and riding for short trips, and to connect to public transport hubs.
“For its part, the Federal Government has agreed that all future urban road projects must include a safe, separated cycle way, where practical,” he said.
“As one of the most urbanised societies in the world, and with our cities generating 80 per cent of our national income, our continuing prosperity largely depends on the productivity, sustainability and liveability of our cities.
“Right now, major projects are under way in Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and on the Gold Coast.”
The report can be accessed at this PS News link.

Edition 373, 6 August 2013

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