PEOPLE living and working in growing areas like Ipswich can now have an even bigger say in what goes on in their backyard.
A new online venture was launched yesterday by the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) chairman, Mayor Paul Pisasale.
NGAA members comprise 24 of the fastest-growing municipalities located on the outskirts of the major cities around the country.
It represents 24% of the metropolitan population and 16% of Australia's total population.
"One of the best ways to learn about life is to sit with people and listen to their stories," Cr Pisasale said.
"Society has used this for years and we are utilising a combination of the oldest way to transfer culture and new technologies to take this a step further.
"We want to hear from all kinds of people who live and work in outer suburban growth areas including families, young people and businesses.
"We are asking them to relate their experiences of their suburb - what they like about it and what they would change.
"These stories will enable all levels of government to hear directly from the most important resource in Australia - its people."
NGAA is inviting people of all ages who live or work in the outer suburbs to take part in this project at voicesofoutersuburbs.com.au.
"NGAA will collate the themes from the stores and, with permission, will also make individual stories available so that policies and programs can be informed by local experience," Cr Pisasale said.
"People can tell their stories using a variety of media including photos, links to videos and audio, and of course the written word.
"This will be a fantastic resource to assist in making sure that, as a nation, we get things right for this and the next generation."