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Local government recognised as a partner in Commonwealth's Smart Cities Plan
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The Assistant Minister for Cities, the Hon Angus Taylor MP, has acknowledged local government as an important partner in delivering the Government's 'City Deals', a key feature in the Smart Policy pillar of its Smart Cities Plan to improve the liveability, productivity and connectivity of our major cities.

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has welcomed the plan and the Government's commitment to ensure collaboration across all tiers of government, as well as the private sector and the community, to realise the full potential of our cities.

Mayor Troy Pickard, ALGA President, said: "Collaboration will be key to aligning the approaches of the three tiers of government to improve the competitive outcomes of our cities, both urban and regional.

"The work required to deliver the Smart Cities Plan is a logical extension to the work of many councils in local and regional economic development, including the identified opportunities to: facilitate plans to meet the gap between infrastructure needs and the fiscal capacity of governments through value capture; deliver 'Cities Deals' to make our cities more liveable and productive; and provide the data collected through local government services to help make our cities smarter.

"In this respect, it is vital that the Commonwealth and states actively engage with local government as a crucial partner and we welcome Minister Taylor's recognition of this as an important factor of the Smart Cities Plan.

"ALGA, and councils across Australia, look forward to working with the Australian Government, and state governments, on opportunities to progress the cities agenda through the announced $50 million infrastructure planning program, which aims to accelerate planning and development for major infrastructure projects. We also look forward to working with the Infrastructure Financing Unit which will be established to look at innovative financing solutions for major infrastructure projects."

Aspects of the Government's Smart Cities Plan align closely with proposals already put forward by ALGA in its election plan - Local Government's Plan for an Innovative and Prosperous Australia.

Media enquiries:

Sharon Akinyi, Director Public Affairs, Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) 0418 415 649, sharon.akinyi@alga.asn.au



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