Planning Institute calls for policies to recognise 'good planning'

THE Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) yesterday called for Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott to "outline their respective positions on the value of good planning in the creation of a successful and sustainable nation."

With the election only 17 days away and with population management a key election issue, PIA National President, Neil Savery, said "the current election campaign provides an excellent opportunity for both the Federal Government and the Federal Opposition to recognise the value of good planning by including it in policy announcements."

Mr Savery said that a lack of support for planning policies in the past have contributed to the current uncertainty regarding projected population growth, adding that current growth concerns can be managed with good planning.

"Planning issues have become conversation for all Australians in recent months and a firm commitment to good planning from our Federal leaders would go a long way to giving the community some certainty," Mr Savery said.

PIA has identified five key planning priorities that it says are important to the nation's long-term success. The five planning priorities that need to be addressed as outlined by PIA are:

  • Development of a population policy for sustainable growth and population distribution;
  • Support for major strategic planning for cities and regions;
  • Coordinated and integrated urban growth management essential for all Government funded infrastructure;
  • Implementation of planning for climate change mitigation and adaptation (settlement patterns, food and water security, emergency management and critical infrastructure); and
  • Collaborative leadership in planning reform to improve efficiency and effectiveness of planning systems.

PIA said that good planning is able to deal with issues including urban and regional growth, climate change, infrastructure coordination and population settlement.

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