A Shorten Labor Government will overhaul the Liberals’ City Deals and replace them with a transparent City Partnership program that will foster genuine collaboration between the three levels of government.
Labor will honour any City Deal that has been signed and budgeted for, however we will offer those councils the opportunity to deepen their agreement.
In contrast to the Liberals’, we will implement a proper governance framework, with clear, publicly available guidelines that will be developed in consultation with experts.
To achieve this, a Shorten Labor Government will:
· Re-establish the Major Cities Unit within the independent Infrastructure Australia and task it with recommending and assessing the progress of City Partnerships.
· Establish an expert panel to update strategic planning guidelines for cities as well as to develop guidelines for City Partnerships, in consultation with the Minister, which will include benefits to the economy.
· Refresh the National Urban Policy, which was released by the former Labor Government, to ensure City Partnerships align with their objectives, for example, in areas like sustainability and smart technology.
Labor will also work with councils and State and Territory governments to unlock private sector investment and use a range of financing options to deliver the long-term structural changes our cities need.
Under our City Partnerships program, councils will be better placed to deliver the outcomes their communities seek.
Getting this process right from the outset will enable us to develop a more thorough and strategic vision that addresses the most pressing challenges facing our cities including housing affordability, climate change, urban congestion, social inclusion, urban amenity, technology integration, access to health services, employment and education opportunities. We are determined to deliver this in a timely and efficient manner so that councils and State and Territory governments can get on with the task of progressing their proposed City Partnerships.