Compass has welcomed the opportunity to contribute to the inquiry into the Australian Government’s role in the Development of Cities.
In a submission to the Commonwealth Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities, Compass offered the following observations:
The Commonwealth needs to be involved in urban development planning and monitoring of cities for several reasons including:
- The Commonwealth has given undertakings to the international community in various United Nations forums and General Assembly resolutions concerning cities that it needs to have a role in ensuring fulfilment, for examples the Paris Agreement, Agenda 2030 (Sustainable Development Goals) and the New Urban Agenda;
- The Commonwealth has a primary role in trade and the national economy which is underpinned by the efficiency of cities and infrastructure requirements, including social infrastructure (e.g. affordable housing);
- The Commonwealth has a primary role in immigration policy which is underpinned by the adequate provision of infrastructure, including social infrastructure (e.g. affordable housing) for either immigrating households or those who are displaced from the housing system due to scarcity;
- The growing international trend towards polycentric cities and transport hub cities connected by enhanced mobility in mega cities should be logic that is applied to Australia’s east coast and more specifically and obviously between Newcastle, Central Coast and Sydney;
- Affordable Housing is a key economic as well as social infrastructure investment.
Submission delivered by Greg Budworth, Group Managing Director, Compass Housing Services and Vice President of the General Assembly of Partners to UN Habitat, 2 March 2018.
Research authored by Martin Kennedy, National Communications Manager, Compass Housing Services