The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors congratulates Malcolm Turnbull MP on being sworn in this afternoon as Prime Minister, and acknowledges his previous interest in cities.

CCCLM Chair and Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Martin Haese, is confident this interest will extend to Federal policy announcements on cities in the lead up to the Federal election.

“Cities are where national economic growth, innovation and creativity takes place, our cities are where 80 per cent of Australians live and work,” Martin said.

“It is well known that strong cities are the foundation of a strong economy and it is evident that the economic and population load faced by Australia’s cities is set to grow into the future.

“Australia’s population is estimated to grow by 30 million people by 2031 – the lion’s share of this growth will be in our capital cities.

“The cost of road delays in the six largest capital cities cost our nation $13.7 billion in 2007 – expected to grow to $53.3 billion in 2031. Now is the time to turn the attention and support to the needs of cities.

“All levels of government are required to work in partnership to unlock solutions that will deliver the infrastructure, environmental and economic solutions to manage our future growth.”

Now, more than ever, cities matter, and the CCCLM looks forward to working with Prime Turnbull and his government to ensure the future prosperity and sustainability of cities.