Coming ready or not

Last night federal MPs were given a stark message from Infrastructure Australia boss Phil Davies: growth is coming whether we're ready or not.

Speaking to the Parliamentary Friends for Better Cities meeting in Parliament House last night, Davies said that the populations of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth were all set to double within half a lifetime.

Davies warned that this was no time for sticking our heads in the sand.

His solution? Clear-eyed long term planning backed by action. You can read more of his address here.

If there was any doubt that cities are back on the national agenda, the turnout at last night’s event, chaired by the Property Council on behalf of the parliamentary friends supporter groups, quashed that.

Over 40 MPs mixed with peak bodies and the private sector - the optimism in the room was palpable.

Meanwhile Minister for Cities and the Built Environment Jamie Briggs has been out and about on a national tour meeting stakeholders in his new portfolio.

The Property Council remains on the front foot, helping to shape the debate, map out the policy and share our vision for better cities.