RESIDENTS of outer suburbs around the country are encouraged to take a selfie during their daily commute on Tuesday, June 7.
The first National Suburbs to City Day aims to make politicians aware of the need for improvements to transport infrastructure in outer suburbs.
It will document the morning commutes of many residents in capital cities across the country, from the City of Wanneroo in Perth to Penrith in western Sydney.
“The stories about stress, congestion and frustration with our roads and public transport are experienced in outer suburbs around the country,” National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) deputy chairwoman Tracey Roberts said.
“Residents have had enough of spending unnecessary hours sitting in traffic, or waiting for trains.
“These long commute times will be reduced dramatically if improvements to our public transport system and main roads are implemented.
“People have chosen to live in our communities because of the fantastic lifestyle on offer.
“However fast-growing suburbs require vital infrastructure to keep up with the needs of an increasing population, ensuring the success of residential and business areas.”
The NGAA and member councils are supporting the Fund our Future campaign, which calls for a national dedicated infrastructure fund.
“The Federal Government and Opposition are talking about a goal to achieve ‘30 minute cities’, but for commuters who live in our suburbs, it can take much longer than that to get to work,” the Wanneroo mayor said.
“Our communities are more like 90-minute cities at the moment.
“This social experiment will show Australia exactly how long commuters from our northern suburbs spend in transit each day,” the Wanneroo mayor said.
Yanchep District High School student Jasmine Nazir will be among those facing long commutes when she transfers schools for Year 11 next year.
Those affected by long commutes can take a selfie at the beginning, middle and end of their morning commutes with comments about the time it takes, and share it on Facebook using @FundourFutureAU or on Twitter using the hashtag #FundourFutureAU.
There is also a petition at www.fundourfuture.info.
What: National Suburbs to City Day
When: 6-9am on Tuesday, June 7
Where: on morning commute