Myths and Reality of the Suburban Economy

Written by THE SUBURBAN ALLIANCEhttps://www.suburbanalliance.com.au/myths-realities

MYTH: All the jobs are in the Brisbane CBD and inner city.

REALITY: Based on the Census, the CBD accounts for about 12% of jobs in the wider metropolitan region. Including inner city suburbs (Milton, Spring Hill, South Brisbane, Fortitude Valley, Bowen Hills) this rises to nearly 20%. Meaning that the vast majority of jobs are in suburban centres throughout the metropolitan area. The reality is that, across South East Queensland, nine out of ten jobs are outside the inner city.

MYTH: Everyone wants to live close to the CBD or inner city.

REALITY: The share of people living in the inner city (CBD plus inner ring suburbs) is only 15% of the metropolitan region. Some 85% – the overwhelming majority – live in suburban areas. Not only this, but the growth of suburban populations is actually increasing by a factor of 8 to 1 compared with inner city populations. 

MYTH: More public transport is the only solution to our congestion.

REALITY: Public transport is used by around 8% of people across the metropolitan region. While essential to the efficient operation of our metropolitan region, the reality is that public transport mostly serves the minority of the population with jobs in the inner city. For the vast majority of people living and working in suburban markets, improvements to congestion and reduced travel times – for commuting and work related trips – will mean enhancements to our road networks are equally as important as upgrades to public transport. 

MYTH: The jobs of the future will mostly be inner city 

REALITY: Future industries and “knowledge workers” in fields like health, scientific, professional and technical roles, will likely have less – not more – need for centralisation in inner city locations. Many need to be near their clients and if these are suburban based, it makes little sense to take on high occupancy costs, high parking  costs and slow access and egress of the inner city. Our research will reveal than many new economy businesses are voting
with their feet in favour of suburban business districts and office parks, which means these centres deserve just as much policy support as the city centre.

Written by THE SUBURBAN ALLIANCEhttps://www.suburbanalliance.com.au/myths-realities

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