Previous NGAA Congresses

2016 Congress Presentations

A New Vision for Growth Areas and the Urban Fringe - Brian Haratsis, Executive Chairman, Macroplan Australia

SEQ City Deal - Peter Olah, Executive Officer, South East Queensland Mayors

Working Together on peri-urban development - Colleen Yates, Executive Officer, Regional Development Australia Perth

The Victorian Growing Suburbs Fund - Colin Morrison, Director - Integrated Investment and Grant Systems, Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Perth's Facilities and Major Projects - Brett Treby, Department of Sport and Recreation

UDIA WA - Allison Hailes, CEO

From Fugli-burbs to Attracta-burbs: Understanding the Social, Economic and Political Challenges/Opportunities for Outer-Suburbia

  • Dr Kirsten Martinus, University of Western Australia
  • Dr Paul J. Maginn, University of Western Australia


Congress 2015: Wins for advocacy, partnership and economic growth

Innovative infrastructure projects which are increasing economic growth and sustainability in communities in outer urban growth areas have been acknowledged at an awards ceremony as part of the National Growth Areas Alliance Congress 2015.

There were 22 nominations for infrastructure projects across three categories, with the winners and runners-up announced at the Congress held at Liverpool in Sydney.

A community-based, action learning hub in Adelaide’s north where researchers, business people and local communities work side-by-side toward a shared goal of sustainable industry and workforce development has won the award for Collaboration on building or financing a piece of infrastructure for the City of Playford. Known as The Stretton Centre, it is a partnership between the City, Workplace Innovation and Social Research Centre (WISeR) at the University of Adelaide and the Urban Renewal Authority (Renewal SA). Mayor Glenn Docherty (pictured) accepted the award.

In the same category, the West Australian Cities of Cockburn and Armadale were commended for Community Connect South where they worked together to open up an enterprise arc and successfully advocated for new road infrastructure for the region promised during the Canning by-election.

In a strong result for the City of Armadale in Perth’s south-east, its multi-storey commercial building in the city centre, Orchard House, won the award for Infrastructure which has proven to be a catalyst for economic development, jobs or community connection. The development has provided accommodation for a growing workforce, created additional jobs and set the tone for the precinct.

The City of Playford was also named a second time, being commended in the same category for collaborative The Stretton Centre and Playford Alive Town Park.

The Get Wyndham Moving campaign organised by Wyndham City Council, focussed on reducing a high level of road congestion and took out the award for Advocacy for infrastructure investment. The City of Whittlesea was commended for its Access Denied campaign, which won support from the major parties in the Victorian election for a railway line to be extended and for a freeway interchange.

The awards were decided by a judging panel of Dr Tim Williams, CEO, Committee for Sydney, Dr Liz Develin, Deputy Secretary, Growth, Design & Programs, NSW Department of Planning & Environment and Alex Haynes, Partner Polish Consulting, in the fields of research, evaluation, strategic project planning, policy development and project management.

NGAA Executive Officer Ruth Spielman congratulated the winners and runners up and passed on the feedback of the panellists, saying the strong nominations reinforced the critical role of local government.

"This highlights the different ways councils have been proactive and innovative in delivering significant short and longer term results for their communities.

"The projects submitted have much to share with others about strategies, collaboration, leadership and success," she said.

The next NGAA Congress will be held in the City of Wanneroo in Western Australia.  

Growth in cities, ideas and advocacy at NGAA Congress 2015

Research highlighting the multi-billion dollar funding shortfall for infrastructure in outer urban growth areas and successful advocacy by member councils were amongst the highlights of the National Growth Areas Alliance annual Congress in Sydney.

There were 52 delegates from 18 member councils who attended the second annual event, which was hosted by Liverpool Council. The Congress theme was Infrastructure – funding our future and it had a focus on advocacy, partnerships and economic and social outcomes, providing the 23 member councils an opportunity to hear about best practice in Australia and overseas.

City Deals

Dr Said Hirsh from KPMG, who recently arrived in Australia from the UK, spoke of his experience consulting with local government there, particularly of "City Deals".

Under the initiative, regions such as Greater Manchester received funding in return for meeting agreed outcomes aligned with the national interest. That led to a "four to six per cent permanent uplift to the economy" and created 20,000 jobs – an approach he believes could be applicable to Australia.

Canberra update

NGAA Chair, Mayor Glenn Docherty, spoke about the recent visit to Canberra with Executive Officer Ruth Spielman, in which key members of parliament and their offices  – including the new Minister for Cities and Built Environment Jamie Briggs and the office of Opposition leader Bill Shorten – were briefed on the need for additional funding for infrastructure in outer suburban growth areas.

On the ground with member councils

The Congress was also an opportunity for councils to share best practice and celebrate the results of successful advocacy.

Liverpool Council organised a bus tour of some of its projects including the site of what will be a $33 million community centre at Carnes Hill; the establishment of a new suburb of Edmondson Park, which already has a railway station and the potential for up to 8,200 homes and a $20 million road extension between Liverpool and Campbelltown.

Stephen Cain, the CEO of Western Australia's Cockburn City Council spoke about the successful joint campaign with the neighbouring City of Armadale, Community Connect South. The two councils used the momentum of the Canning by-election to win promises from both major parties for new road infrastructure, which will help open up a new enterprise arc between the cities on the south-eastern fringes of Perth.

He said their campaign was successful because they were prepared and able to carry out the advocacy in around two months. The councils were acknowledged in the Congress awards.

2014 Congress - Growth that works

The City of Playford in South Australia hosted the inaugural National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) Congress on 15-17 October 2014.

Growth That Works: creating next generation industry and jobs in outer urban Australia focused on transitioning to the new economy.
The Congress attracted influential participants across government, business, education and training, academic and social service sectors. The interactive program saw delegates engage in high level workshop discussions designed to result in solid recommendations for setting outer urban growth areas on the road to the new economy. Moderated panels debated the issues and good practice projects were showcased.

A Welcome Reception, two day Congress and Awards Dinner provided the opportunity for people to meet key influential delegates Nationwide.

NGAA Introduction - Mayor Glenn Docherty

Keynote Speaker, Dr Tim Williams talks about his views on growth in the lead up to the Congress.

Keynote Speaker for the 2014 NGAA Congress, Dr Tim Williams


Snapshot of NGAA Councils and their key achievements.

View our Snapshot of NGAA Councils and their key achievements video.


Download the 2014 inaugural NGAA Congress program

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