STATE of Australian Cities 2010 has been released by the Australian Government today. Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Anthony Albanese formally released the report today at the Queensland Media Club.
In his speech, Mr Albanese states that "given the Australian Government's primary role in economic policy, infrastructure provision and social welfare it is clear that a national framework can only be achieved by a national collaborative approach." He also states that "urban policy does not detract from this Government's recognition of regional and rural Australia."
In addition to Australia's capital cities, the report also looks at the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Cairns, Townsville, Toowoomba, Newcastle, Wollongong, Geelong and Launceston.
The report focuses on Productivity, Sustainability, Liveability and Planning and Governance.
Many of the above elements were highlighted as being crucial for improving city competitiveness in the recent Committee for Sydney study, titled 'Global Sydney: Challenges and Opportunities for a Competitive Global City'.