Growth good if managed
SIXTY per cent of Brisbane residents believe the city is growing too quickly, new research reveals. And two-thirds say politicians are guilty of blaming increased migration to cover their own lack of planning which has resulted in congestion and crowding.
“Concern about growth is real, and we should dig a little deeper to think about its root cause and take steps to address it,” Property Council Queensland executive director Chris Mountford said.
The council commissioned the poll in the state capitals, ahead of next week’s COAG meeting when Prime Minister Scott Morrison and premiers will discuss the impact of rising population and migration on the biggest cities.
“There is not the high negativity around growth that we might expect,” Mr Mountford said. “There’s a deeper understanding that growth, done well and managed well, can deliver good outcomes.
Three-quarters of Brisbane respondents said population increase was good if properly planned. And 79 per cent think the problems are a result of governments having failed to plan well.
The results reflect many of the issues highlighted in The Courier-Mail’s Future SEQ series which investigated the challenges and opportunities for the region to the year 2043.
“With the population of SEQ expected to boom by a further 1.8 million in the next 25 years, we must take steps now to build public confidence in the management of future growth,” Mr Mountford said.
The PM plans to cut Australia’s annual migrant intake cap by 30,000 and has flagged a policy of encouraging new arrivals to live in the regions.
Mr Morrison has asked state and territory leaders to bring their population strategies to the COAG meeting, and wants them to nominate target population figures.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is expected to tell the gathering that Queensland is prepared for population rises, but needs federal investment in infrastructure to do so and take some of the burden off the southern capitals.