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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • APRIL-MAY, 2018 • Page 3 AvIAtIon features strongly in Infrastructure Australia’s recently released 2018 Infrastructure Pri- ority List , both in terms of airport projects and the broader picture where air cargo movement is an in- tegral part of inter-modal transfers and cost-efficient alternatives. Introducing the 2018 edition, Infrastructure Australia chair Julieanne Alroe commented that in the decade since IA was formed, “the Priority List has helped es- tablish a longer-term view of our infrastructure needs – one that enables our leaders to look beyond elections and budgetary cycles to make evidence-based decisions on the best use of our limited infra- structure funding. Aviation highlighted in 2018 IPL as govt grapples with huge population increases “It’s about building our col- lective capacity to deliver world- class infrastruc- ture that meets the challenges of the future – in particular, the challenge of how to maintain our enviable quality of life in the face of significant population growth.” She noted that Australia’s pop- ulation growth is now one of the fastest in the oECD and easily out- strips the UK, Canada and the Unit- ed States. “And there is no doubt that this is a significant challenge for our political leaders. “In the next 30 years, Australia will be home to 36 million people. this rate of growth is equivalent to adding a new city, roughly the size of Canberra, each year for the next 30 years. “We know the vast ma- jority of this growth, about 75%, will be centred in our largest cities – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. “this is a challenge that we can’t afford to manage passively. We must invest our infrastructure dollars wisely to maintain our ex- isting infrastructure and we must build new infrastructure when and where it is most needed.” the Infrastructure Priority List //ia-priority-list .herokuapp.com/ pdf contains two broad groupings: projects and initiatives. Projects are advanced proposals that have a fully developed busi- ness case that has been positively assessed by the independent In- frastructure Australia board, Alroe explained. “these advanced proposals ad- dress a nationally-significant prob- lem and deliver demonstrated economic benefits. For example, improving connectivity between Australia’s cities and regional centres, strengthening our global role as an exporter of goods and services or making our infrastruc- ture more resilient. “Initiatives, on the other hand, are proposals that have been identified to potentially address a nationally-significant problem, but require further development to Julieanne Alroe, Infrastructure Australia Call for national leadership on cities A REPoRt from Infrastructure Australia has called for the Federal Government to have a greater lead- ership role in securing the global competitiveness of Australia’s largest cities. the research from the national independent infrastructure advi- sor recommends the government establish a framework of incen- tives to improve the productivity, liveability and affordability of our largest cities. “Australia’s cities are the power- houses of our economy and they need to be a national priority of government,” said Infrastructure Australia ceo Philip Davies. “Asia’s global middle class as well as our own rapidly growing popu- lation will unlock new economic frontiers for Australia, but we need to position our cities to take advan- tage of this historic opportunity. “Australia needs to start setting national objectives that allow our cities to realise their full potential and remain globally competitive. “the Australian Government is right to think that investment shouldn’t just come in the form of ‘give and forget’ grants. We need to introduce more structure and accountability by tying funding for our cities to clear national perfor- mance outcomes.” the paper says that with great- er national leadership, Australia has the opportunity to structure infrastructure funding in a way that incentivises the delivery of nation-shaping reforms. “that is why we are recommend- ing that the Australian Govern- ment establish a consistent framework of incentives to drive the delivery of national benefits within our cities at the project, place and reform level”, said Davies. Continued page 8.