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.