URBAN growth in outer suburbs will be the focus of a congress in Mindarie next week.
Hosted by the City of Wanneroo, the National Growth Areas Alliance will hold its annual congress at Mindarie Marina on November 14 and 15.
Politicians, policy makers, planners and developers will provide a range of views on one of Australia’s biggest urban challenges at the event.
Speakers at the event include Shadow Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese, Moore MHR Ian Goodenough and author, futurist and strategic property sector advisor Brian Haratsis, who is MacroPlan Australia’s executive chair.
NGAA chair Glenn Docherty said it was critical to get the policy right.
“Outer suburbs like ours are the future of this country, as we’re growing at twice the rate of other areas,” he said.
“Now is the time to make sure we address the challenge in the right way.
“That’s why we have a range of perspectives at the congress.”
Highlights will include a presentation on “Destructive Cities” from Mr Haratsis, a panel discussion on city deals, infrastructure financing and value capture models and an awards dinner hosted by comedian Peter Rowsthorn.
The City will show representatives from other growth councils its “best practice” approach to managing growth in Perth’s north.
According to the NGAA, Australia’s outer suburbs will be home to 7.5 million Australians within 15 years, with five million currently living in those areas.