Media Release: The Population Challenge: Infrastructure Provision in the Growth Era

7 September 2017

The hot-button topic of infrastructure provision to support population growth tops the agenda at the 2017 Local Government NSW (LGNSW) Finance Summit next week.

LGNSW President Keith Rhoades said the provision and funding of infrastructure was the greatest challenge for NSW councils facing forecasts of booming population for the next two decades.

“Projections suggest the NSW population will grow by 2.7 million to 9.9 million people by 2036,” Clr Rhoades said.

“This growth needs to be supported by infrastructure delivery; infrastructure that is there when communities need it.

“But the task for local government appears insurmountable given the current state of the local infrastructure backlog and current policy settings.

“To meet demand, the State Government needs to:

  • maintain and expand existing targeted infrastructure programs;
  • allocate more funding to local councils;
  • remove or relax restraints on how Councils source revenue; and
  • improve council access to lower interest loans.”

The Summit will be held at Customs House, Circular Quay over two days, 11 and 12 September.

It will examine policy and practice in funding and managing local infrastructure, with a focus on the significant public assets managed by councils and the constraints they face in generating revenue.

Speakers include economist Saul Eslake, NSW Deputy Auditor General Ian Goodwin, Infrastructure NSW CEO Jim Betts, Regional Infrastructure Coordinator Lt Gen (Retd) Ken Gillespie, the Greater Sydney Commission’s head of  City Planning Greg Woodhams, and Kai Everist, from the Cities Division of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Innovative infrastructure case studies from the sector will be presented by Liverpool City Council’s General Manager Kiersten Fishburn, and Central NSW Councils’ Executive Officer Jenny Bennett.

 

Media Enquiries
LGNSW President, Cr Keith Rhoades AFSM: 0408 256 405
Media Toni Allan: 0412 774 441