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National Population Strategy provides a sound basis for managing future growth - WSROC

Media Release 13th May 2011

Western Sydney Councils have welcomed the Federal Government’s new Population Strategy which places local communities at the centre of future population management.

The president of the Western Sydney Regional  Organisation of Councils, Clr Alison McLaren said the report had identified the important role that local councils and their constituents had to play in creating sustainable and liveable environments.

“WSROC has campaigned hard to raise awareness of the issues surrounding population growth and welcomes the Government’s initiative in developing this policy,” Clr McLaren said.

“WSROC brought the issue to national focus last year when we held the inaugural National Population Summit last July, attended by the Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull and we have worked closely with the Government in the intervening months in developing this policy.”

“We are delighted to see that this strategy announced by the Government today has taken on board many of our comments and goes a long way to recognising the critical factors in successfully managing population growth,” Clr McLaren said.

“While we have yet to see the final details, we understand that the policy stresses the need for proper infrastructure and services to be in place in order to manage the increase in numbers and that is something we strongly support and we congratulate the Government for recognising this basic requirement.

“We are delighted the Government has acknowledged the urgent need for better transport services for those on the city fringes who face long commutes to work and the need to bring more jobs to the areas where people live.”

“Again, these are issues that WSROC has been discussing with the government for some time and we are pleased they have been taken on board in this important national strategy.”

“Managing population growth is a critical issue for our councils, as Western Sydney is expected to absorb an extra 1 million people over the next 20 years.

“The Government has noted that social problems caused by a lack of adequate infrastructure, housing and services need to be resolved on a community basis, and our councils are well placed to do this.

“Local councils represent their resident communities and know first hand what the problems, issues and strengths are. For this reason, they are best placed to make key decisions in managing their own areas,” Clr McLaren said.

“We look forward to continuing to work closely with the Government in helping to implement the strategies outlined in this report.”

 

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