Workstream 2

Funding social infrastructure

Funding the development of social infrastructure has significant financial implications. For the purposes of this work, social infrastructure includes local level facilities through to regional facilities.

It includes different types of infrastructure for sports and recreation, arts and culture, information and library spaces, parks, health facilities, community facilities etc. This is true for communities with a growing population (and therefore a growing demand) and for communities with a declining population and shrinking ratepayer base.

This work-stream aims to:

  • Consider alternative, international best-practice models for the supply of social infrastructure which move beyond the currently accepted practices of funding infrastructure via rates and debt.

"The best way to get people to think outside the box is not to create the box in the first place." - Martin Cooper, American engineer and visionary.