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New report helps prepare Adelaide for growth

By Brett Pilgrim

There has been a lot of discussion about what we can do to make our cities better. From creating efficient public transport system to better roads, local, state and federal governments have been tackling the challenges head on – something that residents of property in Adelaide can look forward to. 

The latest development from the federal level has been the Ministry for Infrastructure and Regional Development's State of Australian Cities report 2014-2015. This sets out a clear path for governments to improve investment and planning, as well as priority areas that need addressing. 

Deputy prime minister and minister for infrastructure and regional development Warren Truss said the document provides a solid, in-depth overview of the population, employment, economic and transport trends that are occurring across the country, including in Adelaide.

"State of Australian Cities 2014-15 is an important tool for all levels of government in understanding where our cities are performing well and where there are opportunities for improvement," he said.

For instance, greater Adelaide's population is expected to grow by 50 per cent to 1.92million by 2061, according to the report. While delays due to congestion are second highest after Sydney, the South Australian capital is increasingly becoming a city of cyclists and walkers. The percentage of walking commuters has risen from 2.7 per cent in 2001 to 2.9 per cent in 2011, and cyclists have grown from 1.1 per cent to 1.3 per cent over the same period.

The Property Council of Australia says this report provides the groundwork for making improvements, which could make real estate in Adelaide an even more attractive place to live. 

"Most Australians live in our major cities and the majority of our economic activity is generated there, so it is important that policy makers have access to factual data," Property Council executive director of residential Nick Proud said. 

"A more strategic, long-term approach to infrastructure delivery will maximise economic activity, workforce participation and the value of human capital in our cities."

For help finding a home that suits your needs in Adelaide, the team at Ray White are on hand to help. 

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