UDIA wel­comes new govern­ment

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THE Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment In­sti­tute of Aus­tralia (UDIA) has con­grat­u­lated Prime Min­is­ter-Elect Tony Ab­bott on his re­cent elec­tion vic­tory, and is look­ing for­ward to work­ing with the new Coali­tion govern­ment to ad­dress the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties fac­ing the de­vel­op­ment in­dus­try.

UDIA national pres­i­dent Julie Katz said that the change of govern­ment pre­sented a fresh op­por­tu­nity to make progress on much needed pol­icy re­form.

‘‘UDIA has a good work­ing re­la­tion­ship with all sides of pol­i­tics, and we look for­ward to work­ing with the new govern­ment and par­lia­ment to for­mu­late and im­ple­ment poli­cies that will strengthen the hous­ing in­dus­try, and im­prove hous­ing af­ford­abil­ity,’’ said Ms Katz.

New hous­ing con­struc­tion is cur­rently sup­pressed by con­strained green­field land sup­ply, poor plan­ning, in­ad­e­quate in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture, and a num­ber of un­fair and in­equitable taxes. Th­ese are con­tribut­ing to poor hous­ing af­ford­abil­ity, as well as lim­it­ing jobs growth and ac­tiv­ity in the hous­ing sec­tor.

The Coali­tion has com­mit­ted to build­ing more mod­ern in­fra­struc­ture, and has an­nounced new fund­ing for ma­jor road projects around the coun­try, which will boost the pro­duc­tiv­ity of our cities.

‘‘Tony Ab­bott’s pledge to be an ’in­fras­truc- ture prime min­is­ter’ is very promis­ing, but the new govern­ment will need to look at all types of in­fra­struc­ture, not just road in­fra­struc­ture, if we are to un­lock the full pro­duc­tiv­ity po­ten­tial of Aus­tralia’s cities’’, said Ms Katz.

UDIA has also wel­comed the Coali­tion’s com­mit­ment to con­duct­ing a ma­jor tax re­view, re­duc­ing un­nec­es­sary reg­u­la­tion, and im­prov­ing the sup­ply of ur­ban land and new hous­ing.

‘‘Ful­fill­ing th­ese com­mit­ments will re­quire a lot of hard work and dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions, but we look for­ward to work­ing with the new govern­ment to achieve them,’’ con­cluded Ms Katz.


UDIA national pres­i­dent Julie Katz

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