AHURI conference explores new model for cities growth

Conference builds understanding of the interplay between cities policy, housing and the economy.

The AHURI conference Affordability and liveability in our cities, held in Melbourne on 29 June, attracted an audience of over 130 people from all tiers of government, private industry and housing providers keen to build an understanding of the interplay between cities policy, housing and the economy. Delegates heard about how Australia’s new City Deals present an opportunity to deliver national economic and social priorities, with outcomes that are specific to each individual city.

Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, Hon Angus Taylor MP emphasised the role that the City Deals policy is having within government strategies for urban development and growth. ‘The Western Sydney City Deal is the most ambitious of the City Deals in Australia… if we can get it to work then we can take it to other cities’, he said. ‘A key strength of the City Deals model is that it establishes transparency and accountability across all three levels of government and industry’.

The Hon Tim Pallas MP, Treasurer of Victoria, praised the ‘interplay of ideas between Victoria and NSW housing policies.’ Treasurer Pallas also affirmed that an increase in the numbers of, and renewal of social housing stock in Victoria as priorities. The Victorian Government sees great opportunities with inclusionary zoning targets to develop social housing but Treasurer Pallas recognised ‘there must be an adequate value proposition for developers’.

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