A survey conducted by Essential Research has thrown up some important results that governments and planners need to take heed. A perceived lack of appropriate town planning and infrastructure has shown three in five Australians are very concerned with the rate of population growth in capital cities.
Concerns were greatest amongst Melbourne and Sydney residents with 60 per cent of those surveyed believing population growth was happening too fast with nearly half responding their city had accommodated the influx of new people.
However, what results also showed was that respondents believed governments were to blame for these issues with a belief that Australia has an infrastructure problem and that our leaders were blaming migrants for Australia’s problems rather than their own lack of investment.
Importantly a quarter of the group surveyed believed further growth was sustainable provided government planned and invested in future infrastructure.
According to ABS data Australia’s population grew 1.6 percent in the 12 months to March 31, hitting 25 million in August.