Fu­ture out­look re­quired

BIC sub­mis­sion notes lack of sus­tained com­mit­ment to par­tic­u­lar long-term land-use trans­port pol­icy di­rec­tions at both state and fed­eral lev­els, writes MichaelApps

ABC (Australia) - - CANBERRA - Michael Apps BIC Na­tional Sec­re­tariat Sub­mis­sion to the Par­lia­men­tary Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on In­fra­struc­ture, Trans­port and Cities doc­u­ment, visit www.oze­bus.com.au/pdf/ PDF_ 062.pdf

The Bus In­dus­try Con­fed­er­a­tion (BIC) has re­cently made a sub­mis­sion into the fu­ture of our cities and re­gions and the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s role that fo­cusses on the im­por­tance of how we move peo­ple in the fu­ture to en­sure our cities and re­gions con­tinue to be pro­duc­tive and live­able.

How we move peo­ple sets the shape of our cities and set­tle­ment pat­terns and, at the same time, de­ter­mines the con­nec­tions to re­gions, towns and vil­lages. I hope you can take the time to read the full sub­mis­sion, pre­pared by Pro­fes­sor John Stan­ley and my­self, which is avail­able at the Oze­Bus web­site, but here is an over­view.


Aus­tralia’s cities are the envy of many in­ter­na­tion­ally for their live­abil­ity. How­ever, we could be do­ing bet­ter in terms of long-term goal achieve­ment re­lated to pop­u­la­tion growth and lan­duse trans­port sys­tem per­for­mance.

Sit­ting be­hind this is a lack of sus­tained com­mit­ment to par­tic­u­lar long-term land-use trans­port pol­icy di­rec­tions at both state and fed­eral lev­els, partly be­cause of a lack of bi­par­ti­san po­lit­i­cal sup­port.

Cities are be­com­ing more com­plex and this poses chal­lenges for pol­icy and plan­ning. Links be­tween land use, trans­port, eco­nomic pro­duc­tiv­ity, hous­ing mar­kets and so­cial exclusion il­lus­trate this com­plex­ity. In­te­grated gov­er­nance is cen­tral to tack­ling such cross- cut­ting is­sues. There is an ur­gent need to take more in­te­grated ap­proaches to city strate­gic land-use trans­port pol­icy and plan­ning and to bet­ter in­te­grate gov­er­nance ar­range­ments be­tween each level of govern­ment.

The BIC sub­mis­sion in ad­dress­ing ‘Sus­tain­abil­ity tran­si­tions in ex­ist­ing cities’ (Sub In­quiry 1) and ‘Grow­ing new and tran­si­tion­ing re­gional cities and towns’ (Sub In­quiry 2) looked at: • Gov­er­nance, with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on in­te­grated gov­er­nance in land-use trans­port pol­icy and plan­ning and how it might be im­proved in Aus­tralian cities, to en­able them to de­liver bet­ter eco­nomic, so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal out­comes; and • Re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity and ac­ces­si­bil­ity, with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on ag­glom­er­a­tion economies from mo­bil­ity im­prove­ments in Aus­tralian re­gions to bet­ter con­nect com­mu­ni­ties be­tween re­gions and to both na­tional and in­ter­na­tional econ­omy and build­ing bridg­ing so­cial cap­i­tal to re­duce the risk of so­cial exclusion. Here are some of our rec­om­men­da­tions to the Fed­eral Govern­ment:

Rec­om­men­da­tions for Sub In­quiry 1

• Pi­lots or case stud­ies be un­der­taken to un­der­stand how a “To­tal Trans­port” ap­proach can be im­ple­mented in Aus­tralia to en­gage lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties in lo­cal land-use trans­port and pol­icy plan­ning to iden­tify best prac­tice • Es­tab­lish Met­ro­pol­i­tan Plan­ning Au­thor­i­ties for cities that in­creases lo­cal govern­ment in­volve­ment in strate­gic land-use plan­ning pro­cesses and elects a “mayor” to speak on be­half of the city • The Fed­eral Govern­ment to chan­nel trans­port fund­ing through Met­ro­pol­i­tan Plan­ning Au­thor­i­ties and have board-level in­volve­ment in the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Plan­ning Au­thor­i­ties • Strate­gic land-use trans­port pol­icy and plan­ning to re­quire all cities to have long-term (25 to 40 years) land-use plans, lead­ing a longterm strate­gic trans­port plan to­gether with rolling shorter term (ap­prox­i­mately 10 years) trans­port im­ple­men­ta­tion plans which in­cludes fund­ing plans • Fed­eral Govern­ment in­fra­struc­ture fund­ing and project identi cation be con­tin­gent on Rec­om­men­da­tion 4 • A Fed­eral Min­istry for Cities is a per­ma­nently agreed port­fo­lio, recog­nis­ing the na­tional signi cance and im­por­tance of cities • The Fed­eral Govern­ment de­vel­ops a solid cities re­search and in­for­ma­tion base, in­clud­ing per­for­mance in­di­ca­tors to spur bet­ter na­tional per­for­mance out­comes for cities • City per­for­mance in­di­ca­tors be a fac­tor in

deter­min­ing fed­eral fund­ing • In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal fund­ing re­form be un­der­taken that in­cludes bet­ter align­ing city rev­enue ca­pac­i­ties with ex­pen­di­ture re­spon­si­bil­i­ties • For­mal agree­ments be­tween lev­els of govern­ment be es­tab­lished to ef­fect changed gov­er­nance and govern­ment ar­range­ments based on agreed prinic­ples to de­liver “trust­ing part­ner­ships” to de­liver bet­ter cities • Land-use de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tion to pur­sue more com­pact set­tle­ment pat­terns sup­ported by strate­gic trans­port di­rec­tions that takes into ac­count lo­cal nu­ance. To see the list of rec­om­men­da­tions from Sub In­quiry 2, plus the full

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