The urban boom is placing pressure on our cities to keep up with the increasing demand for affordable housing and social, transportation and utility infrastructure.
In the next 30 years, Australia’s population is projected to increase by 11.8 million people. That is equivalent to adding a city the size of Canberra every year. Put another way, it equates to adding a city with 150 schools, five hospitals, around 12,000 social housing properties and two correction centres.
There’s a fascinating issue around how cities are responding to massive growth and, in particular, how they should do it. In Australia, we have an infrastructure deficit. While the number is significant, the specific number is not as important as delivering outcomes to close the gap.
The challenge for the sector is to become more efficient and more creative in an environment of political uncertainty and unprecedented demand. Success requires collaboration, innovation and drive.