Major parties release deals for cities partnerships

The major parties have both pledged support for Australian cities with partnership agreements aimed at benefitting communities by improving relations between all three levels of government.

Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population, Alan Tudge, wrote to ALGA to outline the Coalition’s plans to develop City Deals with councils in Melbourne’s northwest and southeast and the Victorian Government.

He said the City Deals – of which 11 have been announced and seven signed across Australia including Hobart (pictured) – unite three levels of government on planning, investment and governance.

The Geelong City deal, for example, was signed in January 2018 and outlines how more than $370m will be spent over a decade on projects including a Geelong convention centre and for infrastructure projects along the Great Ocean Road.

The city deals are in addition to Morrison Government investments in Victoria including $1.1 billion on roads in Melbourne and $5billion on the Melbourne Airport Rail Link and $2 billion for a Melbourne-Geelong fast rail link, Mr Tudge said.

Labor’s Anthony Albanese released the ALP’s Plan for Cities which includes a proposal to re-establish the Major Cities Unit within Infrastructure Australia, a National Bike Path Strategy, investment in outer urban areas that are experiencing significant growth and developing a Living Cities Strategy to facilitate the preservation, enhancement and creation of blue and green infrastructure.

The plan also includes refreshing a National Urban Policy to ensure City Partnerships align with objects around sustainability and smart technology.

“Labor is also committed to honouring any signed City Deal, however we will offer councils and state or territory governments the opportunity to deepen their agreement,” the Labor plan added.