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2009 – 2015 Night Time Economy report

This report sets out statistical analysis of the Australian Night Time Economy (NTE) for the period 2009 to 2015. The data are presented at three spatial/administrative levels:

1. National
2. State
3. Local Government Authority (LGA)

The 2015 data highlights steady growth in the NTE over the period of 2009-15, and demonstrates that the Australian NTE accounts for :-

– 17% of all establishments (358,080 out of 2,121,053);

– employment of over 1.1 million people Australia-wide; and

– sales turnover of $121.7bn.

This constitutes 26% of Australian employment, and a 19% contribution of total turnover.

The report is available to download below:

Australian Night Time Economy 2009 to 2015 – FINAL

Submission – Smart Cities & Suburbs guidelines

The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors warmly welcome the Federal Government’s renewed involvement in Australia’s cities through the Smart Cities Agenda, and have been calling for greater Federal engagement in urban policy for over twenty years.

CCCLM welcomes the $50m funding for the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, but notes that the number of quality applications submitted may well significantly outweigh the grant money available. CCCLM believes that the limited budget of $10 million for the first round will severely limit the number of projects, and recommends an alternative of $20 million being available for the first year to enable more pilots.

The CCCLM’s submission to the Smart Cities & Surburbs program’s guidelines contains key recommendations to encourage applications which demonstrate projects that have a strategic outcome to the Federal Government Smart Cities agenda.


Submission – Using value capture to help deliver major land transport infrastructure

The CCCLM recognises the importance of effective transport infrastructure in delivering clear economic and social benefits to Australia’s cities, and also recognises the budget constraints of all levels of Government.

In recent years, local governments have seen funding through grants and subsidies reduced which has put increased pressure on capital and major cities to deliver infrastructure and services, therefore CCCLM is supportive of developing alternative equitable and sustainable funding and financing models, such as value capture.

It is well established that improving transport infrastructure and connectivity, is likely to result in an increase in land and property values, whereby land in more accessible locations will attract a higher price, leading to a higher yield or higher-value use of that land, making value capture a potential source of infrastructure funding.

For example, with the delivery of the Mandurah rail line in 2007, land values within a 400m catchment of rail stations increased by 40% due to the accessibility provided by the new rail system.

2017-18 Pre Budget submission


Our cities currently face enormous pressures and an equal number of opportunities. As managers of our capital cities, Lord Mayors are at the coal face of change, and are in the best position to work with the Australian and State and Territory Governments to meet the challenges facing our city communities.

The pressures and changing needs that result from a growing population; the impacts of a changing climate and an evolving global digital economy will challenge our cities like never before. The risk is that, left unchecked, our quality of life will reduce and our city economies will become less productive.

The latest ABS population projections suggest that the Australian population may increase by as much as seven million (or 30%) by 2031, and by eighteen million (or over 75%) by 2061. However, according to the ABS projections, this growth is likely to be concentrated in Australia’s capital cities. The eight capital cities are expected to grow by a combined 5.5 million by 2031 and by 14.8 million people by 2061.

To keep our cities among the world’s most liveable we must adapt quickly to the new challenges and pressures that we face. Local, State and Territory and the Australian governments need to work together, along with businesses, educational institutions, community organisations and city residents, to ensure the long‐term prosperity, liveability and resilience of our cities.

CCCLM Pre-Budget Submission – final 200117

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