Pouring money into levelling up won't work without a rethink of how Whitehall and local government work together
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The ‘exodus’ from capital cities amounts to 0.06% of their populations – similar to recent years – and people are still moving to the cities. What’s missing is growth driven by international migrants.
The pandemic has driven Australian workers and their employers to embrace the option of working remotely. And that has opened people’s eyes to the possibilities of living in regional Australia.
Australia lacks a coherent national approach to planning where settlement and growth happens. It’s time to take stock of our cities and regions and work together to improve outcomes across the nation.
A high-speed rail network in Australia would create many benefits by reshaping cities and regional communities along its route.
Education fuelled extraordinary growth in Western Sydney’s professional services workforce, but their jobs aren’t local. More than 300,000 commute to work outside the region.
Conflicts between seasonal property owners and year-round rural residents are highlighting the fault-lines between the “right to be rural” and “disaster gentrification.”
Economic and political trends are driving a shift away from coal. What kind of assistance do coal workers and communities need?
Other countries are planning new cities using technological innovation to achieve more sustainable development. Such plans aren’t new for Australia, but existing city growth is the focus of attention.
Encouraging migrants to move to regional areas could be a win-win’ scenario, as long as policymakers pay attention to five key factors.
The foundational economy has largely been overlooked in public policy but it could provide shelter from the Brexit storm for the UK’s deprived regions.
Research shows there are now more ministers responsible for regional issues across Australian governments than ever before.
Efforts by governments to redirect population growth to regional Australia have never worked. Even if such policies could be made to work, they probably wouldn’t be worth the costs.
Social mobility is linked to geography in the UK – and local leaders should be tasked with boosting it.
Many people think a population policy is about control – like the one-child policy in China, for instance. But modern population policies are about population-well-being.
Business-as-usual projections assume our four biggest cities must absorb three-quarters of Australia’s population growth over the next 30 years. Might new cities be a better way to deal with it?
Victoria offers lessons in the benefits of integrating metropolitan and regional planning, using regional rail to shrink distance and ease the pressures of growth on our big capital cities.
Regional cities can be as effective at generating jobs and growth as their big five metro cousins. But they must identify and build on their strengths to be investment-ready.
Universities can lead the way in creating opportunities for the economic development of regional cities and outer metropolitan areas under new City Deals.