City Deals needed to unleash growth potential of our small cities
4.5 million Australians live in Australia’s 31 small cities. Every additional 100,000 Australians who choose small cities over big ones release an extra $50 billion into the national economy through avoided housing and congestion costs.
To unleash the growth potential of Australia’s 31 small cities and secure these benefits, the Australian Government should lead and incentivise the development of City Deals as part of a national cities agenda.
This is the case made by a new Regional Australia Institute (RAI) report Deal or No Deal? Bringing Small Cities into the National Cities Agenda.