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Accept urban plan or else: Albanese warns

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Accept urban plan or else: Albanese warns

THE Gillard government will play a more interventionist role in the planning and infrastructure priorities of Australia's 18 biggest cities and is prepared to "intimidate" recalcitrant state or local governments into accepting the new power balance.

The Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese yesterday launched the government's national urban policy, Our Cities, Our Future, saying federal funding for big city projects would be closely tied to productivity and sustainability criteria laid out in the new document.

He made no apology for the commonwealth weighing into city planning, an approach that harked back to the Whitlam days, he said.

Mr Albanese cited road and rail projects, water, energy infrastructure and urban density as areas in which the federal government would play a greater role in a bid to address population growth and ageing, as well as climate change.

"Let me be clear, this is not a takeover of state and territory planning roles," he told a Property Council of Australia function in Sydney yesterday. "What this is is the commonwealth . . . putting in place all the levers at our disposal to drive, foster, encourage and, if you like, intimidate recalcitrants, if need be, to make sure they do get on board."

"Future commonwealth infrastructure investment will be linked to these plans laid out in our national urban policy."

Property Council of Australia chief executive Peter Verwer welcomed the strategic objectives of the urban policy and its proposal to join up government efforts to improve infrastructure delivery, transport, jobs and housing through better urban and regional housing.

Mr Verwer said the policy gave Infrastructure Australia a more powerful role in prioritising the nation's infrastructure rollout.

The Council of Capital Cities Lord Mayors also backed the policy. Its chairman, Rob Valentine, said the council recognised the challenges cities faced.

"What's needed now are the partnerships between governments, backed by enough dollars to drive real change," Mr Valentine said.

Not sure if this bodes well. Higher density property around transport corridors by the sounds. Optimistically more transport corridors.

We can only hope that it's not about propping up prices but praise from the property council is worrying.

Edited by staringclown

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Yeh, I am not sure whether to be bullish development parcels or not.

If they follow this up with real policy then it is definitely going to be good for affordability i.e. cheaper houses.

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