SEVERAL outer-suburb councils are joining together and calling on the Federal Government to fund the Fund our Future campaign.
The campaign wants the government to supply funds to build more infrastructure for fast-growing outer suburbs to combat the congested roads in the daily commute and busy public transport systems.
The National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) is backing the campaign and several local governments including Wanneroo, Gosnells, Armadale and Cockburn are part of it.
Wanneroo Mayor and NGAA WA spokeswoman Tracey Roberts gave the example of three in every four people in the City travelling outside of the local government area to get to work.
“Too often our residents are forced to travel up to two hours each way just to get to their job, burdening them with high fuel costs, stress from sitting in traffic, and time away from friends and family,” she said.
“The campaign seeks to end the chronic infrastructure problems that these area face, now and into the future.
“It is important that we have a strategic approach.
“Our growing population should be of value but unfortunately our residents and local business are being constrained due to lack of investment.
“Unfortunately, successive governments have failed to address the infrastructure problems in outer growth areas.
“If a significant investment is not made, we risk dividing cities along social and economic lines: those in the inner city who have good access to transport, jobs and health facilities – and those in the fast-growing outer suburbs who do not.
“We know the benefits from investment will far outweigh the costs; create jobs, increase tax revenues; and permanently boost GDP.
“It will also lead to a reduced cost of living, easier commuting, better access to essential services and a better quality of life.”
To sign the petition calling for a dedicated infrastructure fund, go to www.fundourfuture.info, or find @FundourFutureAU on Facebook and Twitter.