Australian Infrastructure Audit

A landmark audit of the nation’s infrastructure present condition and future needs has been delivered by Infrastructure Australia. It advises that massive investment is necessary in roads, rail, water, energy and telecommunications for a predicted population of 30.3 million in 2031. Traffic congestion in particular threatens economic growth and living standards the report states. Infrastructure Australia implores governments to construct, and stick to, a pipeline of projects to give confidence to the sector and also to lower bid costs. The audit can be downloaded here from Infrastructure Australia’s website. RDAI will be working with key stakeholders on a regional response to the Audit.

Greater Illawarra: The Smart Growth Agenda

Commissioned by the Property Council of Australia Illawarra, this document was released on 5 June at a luncheon at which Chris Richardson, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics was the keynote speaker and was presented by author Dr Judith Stubbs. The publication reports on an evidence-based research project indicating what is possible for the region when our thinking escapes the boundaries of current business-as-usual projections and policy prescriptions. It provides a strategic framework for growth and identifies the key policy and infrastructure changes needed to unlock the region’s economic potential and attract stronger investment. The report can be accessed from here

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