Australia’s capital city Lord Mayors have restated the importance of Australia’s cities as major drivers of the Australian economy, following today’s Smart Cities Summit. Council of Capital City Lord Mayors (CCCLM) Chair, Lord Mayor of Darwin Katrina Fong Lim, welcomed today’s Summit, which highlighted renewed Federal engagement on urban issues affecting our cities, including provision of funding and finance for infrastructure and transport, climate change resilience and the economy. “Australia’s capital cities are critical to Australia’s economic and social prosperity. We are the nation’s engine-room and one of the most urbanised countries in the world. Over two-thirds of Australia’s population live in our capital cities, with 82% of Australia’s future population growth expected to occur in our capitals”, said Lord Mayor Fong Lim. Our capital cities also generate 68% of Australia’s GDP, a figure that continues to increase, and have 8.1 million workers – 69% of Australia’s total workforce. As the Prime Minister highlighted at the Summit, sustainable cities with high quality of life will continue to attract the best and brightest who have the knowledge and skills to drive innovation and economic growth. CCCLM has been actively working to develop a common agenda between the Federal Government and Australia’s capital cities on the future of our cities. Today’s Summit demonstrated a strong agreement that Australia’s Cities Matter. Lord Mayors welcome the opportunity to enter into meaningful partnerships with the Australian Government to deliver the agenda that we share, our cities’ prosperity and sustainability and in turn the Nation’s prosperity and... Read More
The CCCLM recognises the importance of transport connectivity in delivering economic and social benefits to Australia’s cities.
In recent years local governments have seen funding through grants and subsidies reduced which has put increased pressure on the capital and major cities to deliver infrastructure and services, therefore CCCLM is supportive of developing alternative equitable and sustainable funding and financing models.
There is clear evidence that affordable housing is a major issue in Australia’s cities. And that these problems are worsening, particularly in our larger cities, as a result of increasing city populations which place increasing pressure on land and infrastructure, and are driving up housing prices in our inner cities.
CCCLM believes that affordable housing must be regarded as essential basic infrastructure that is vital to the social and economic wellbeing of our cities and local communities, and is committed to working with all key stakeholders to develop solutions to Australia’s housing problems.
Read more here: Affordability Submission – Final 180316
Submission to inquiry into the need for a nationally consistent approach to alcohol-fuelled violence
Australian city councils continuously manage the effects of alcohol and other drugs in their late night districts, and as such, the CCCLM welcomes the opportunity of contributing to this inquiry. The CCCLM supports a unified approach to reducing alcohol-related harm.
City councils facilitate diverse and vibrant night time economies – estimated at contributing $108 billion in sales revenues, and employing over one million people in 2014. Whilst addressing the need for a nationally consistent approach to alcohol-fuelled violence, there is a need to balance this with protecting and growing our 24-hour society and building better places for people to live, work and visit.
Cities must balance their range of roles as the centre of business, culture, leisure, entertainment and retailing, as well as manage local communities and localities. Federal, State/Territory and Local Governments have a responsibility to support the range of city users; including residents, day and night time businesses and those that come to the city for work and entertainment.
The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors represents the interests of the Lord Mayors (and ACT Chief Minister) of Australia’s eight capital cities. As large users of energy, cities produce a significant proportion of greenhouse gas emissions and consume an estimated 75% of the world’s energy (C40 Cities 2009).
Australia’s capital cities acknowledge this impact and are responding to the need to unlock energy efficiency in buildings by accelerating the upgrade of existing residential and commercial buildings in order to meet minimum national targets.
Read more here: CBD Submission
Providing national leadership for the effective co-ordination and representation of the special interests of Capital Cities