Growth good if man­aged

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS - DARYL PASSMORE

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.

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