The property industry is celebrating the appointment of Jamie Briggs as our first Minister for Cities and the Built environment. Finally someone at the top levels will be dedicated to focussing time and resources to ensuring the development of our cities is sustainable.
Interestingly, the Opposition was first to make this move last year when it appointed Anthony Albanese as shadow cities minister. So at least we now know we have bipartisan agreement on the importance of this issue.
Let's hope the success of this role comes from addressing some of the disconnect and overlapping layers of red tape between Federal. State and local government.
The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has appointed South Australian Jamie Briggs as Australia’s first Minister for Cities and the Built Environment. “This appointment recognises not only the importance of our cities as the engine room of the nation’s productivity and prosperity, but also the central role the built environment plays in tackling many of Australia’s greatest challenges," the GBCA’s chief executive officer, Romilly Madew said. “Minister Briggs’ long-awaited appointment will enable us to better tackle the challenges we face – challenges such as climate change, population growth, ageing demographics, congestion, housing affordability, liveability and social inclusion." The Property Council of Australia chief executive Ken Morrison warmly welcomed Malcolm Turnbull as "perhaps our most urbanist Prime Minister ever. He has lost no time in placing cities firmly on the federal agenda."