Catch Up with the Outer Suburbs

We are asking our federal politicians to Catch Up with the Outer Suburbs - tell your MP using our petition feature.

For the five million Australians already living in the outer suburbs of our major cities, the simple act of being able to get to work, home or school on time is a far-off dream.

The lack of a planned and coordinated approach to federal infrastructure spending over the past decade has seen hundreds of new suburbs built without core fundamentals - including the train stations, arterial roads and community infrastructure – that they need to thrive.

In response, on 18 February the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA), made up of a group of 21 councils, went to Canberra and launched the Catch Up with the Outer Suburbs campaign to encourage federal politicians to keep pace with the needs and opportunities of these communities through better funded and coordinated infrastructure projects.


Our common sense recommendations:

National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) Councils at the forefront of population growth have three common-sense recommendations for this Federal election:

  • Get 5 million people to work, study or home on time
  • Create jobs where the workforce lives
  • Build facilities to build communities

What does this mean for Casey?

For Casey we are joining forces with outgrowth council counterparts to advocate for the following projects in the region:

Fund Congestion Busting Transport

More than 60% of residents travel outside South East Melbourne to work. Congested, unsuitable roads and no access to trains restrict job growth in Officer South and Pakenham West. Congestion hampers economic development in the Casey Cardinia region and keeps people in their cars for up to two hours a day.

Create Jobs and Skill our Workforce

Local Government in Australia’s growth areas has a vision for jobs and services close to home for a diverse and skilled workforce. Outer suburbs need transformational infrastructure to continue to contribute to economic nation building. Capital investment in hubs such as airports, universities and hospitals, and associated transport and digital infrastructure, will drive economic activity and growth.

  • South East Airport Masterplan - South East Melbourne has a larger population than Adelaide, Hobart, Canberra or Darwin but doesn’t have its own commercial airport. It’s 80km to Melbourne or 110km to Avalon Airports with no direct public transport.
  • Berwick Health & Education Precinct - Fund accessibility improvements to Berwick Health and Education Precinct.
    • Full upgrade of the Clyde Road/Monash Freeway intersection - this project proposes to fully upgrade the Clyde Road/Monash Freeway intersection, including adding traffic and dedicated cycling lanes to Clyde Road over the Princes Freeway.
    • Upgrade of the Clyde Road/Kangan Drive intersection - this project proposes to upgrade the Clyde Road/Kangan Drive intersection, including adding a proposed bus lane, additional turning lane from Kangan Drive, and additional lane in either direction on Clyde Road.

Dedicated Funding for Community Facilities

Thirty-eight additional soccer pitches are needed now in south-east Melbourne and a commitment to the Casey Regional Soccer Precinct will not only benefit local clubs and players, but also those from regional areas further afield.

  • Fund the Regional Soccer Centre of Excellence in Casey.

We are asking our federal politicians to Catch Up with the Outer Suburbs - tell your MP using our petition feature.

For the five million Australians already living in the outer suburbs of our major cities, the simple act of being able to get to work, home or school on time is a far-off dream.

The lack of a planned and coordinated approach to federal infrastructure spending over the past decade has seen hundreds of new suburbs built without core fundamentals - including the train stations, arterial roads and community infrastructure – that they need to thrive.

In response, on 18 February the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA), made up of a group of 21 councils, went to Canberra and launched the Catch Up with the Outer Suburbs campaign to encourage federal politicians to keep pace with the needs and opportunities of these communities through better funded and coordinated infrastructure projects.


Our common sense recommendations:

National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) Councils at the forefront of population growth have three common-sense recommendations for this Federal election:

  • Get 5 million people to work, study or home on time
  • Create jobs where the workforce lives
  • Build facilities to build communities

What does this mean for Casey?

For Casey we are joining forces with outgrowth council counterparts to advocate for the following projects in the region:

Fund Congestion Busting Transport

More than 60% of residents travel outside South East Melbourne to work. Congested, unsuitable roads and no access to trains restrict job growth in Officer South and Pakenham West. Congestion hampers economic development in the Casey Cardinia region and keeps people in their cars for up to two hours a day.

Create Jobs and Skill our Workforce

Local Government in Australia’s growth areas has a vision for jobs and services close to home for a diverse and skilled workforce. Outer suburbs need transformational infrastructure to continue to contribute to economic nation building. Capital investment in hubs such as airports, universities and hospitals, and associated transport and digital infrastructure, will drive economic activity and growth.

  • South East Airport Masterplan - South East Melbourne has a larger population than Adelaide, Hobart, Canberra or Darwin but doesn’t have its own commercial airport. It’s 80km to Melbourne or 110km to Avalon Airports with no direct public transport.
  • Berwick Health & Education Precinct - Fund accessibility improvements to Berwick Health and Education Precinct.
    • Full upgrade of the Clyde Road/Monash Freeway intersection - this project proposes to fully upgrade the Clyde Road/Monash Freeway intersection, including adding traffic and dedicated cycling lanes to Clyde Road over the Princes Freeway.
    • Upgrade of the Clyde Road/Kangan Drive intersection - this project proposes to upgrade the Clyde Road/Kangan Drive intersection, including adding a proposed bus lane, additional turning lane from Kangan Drive, and additional lane in either direction on Clyde Road.

Dedicated Funding for Community Facilities

Thirty-eight additional soccer pitches are needed now in south-east Melbourne and a commitment to the Casey Regional Soccer Precinct will not only benefit local clubs and players, but also those from regional areas further afield.

  • Fund the Regional Soccer Centre of Excellence in Casey.