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Australia’s Lord Mayors take their case to the Federal Government

Australia’s capital city lord mayors are accelerating their push for a closer working relationship with the Commonwealth. They are in Canberra today to speak to federal representatives, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the new Minister for Cities and the Built Environment, Jamie Briggs about how the Australian Government and cities can work together to benefit the nation. Current Council of Capital City Lord Mayors (CCCLM) Chair, Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese, welcomed the historic creation of the Cities ministry and recognised the priority that both the government and opposition have placed on cities as major drivers of the Australian economy. “Australia’s capital cities are home to more than two thirds of our people and account for two thirds of our economic output, but immediate action is required to ensure the future liveability and prosperity of cities and the nation,” Lord Mayor Haese said. “As the appointment of Australia’s first ever Minister for Cities attests, in our rapidly changing global economy, cities are more important than ever before and our Lord Mayors feel so strongly about this that we’ve come to Canberra to work alongside our national politicians for the future benefit of all Australians”. Australia’s capital city lord mayors will be discussing the priority projects in cities that would bring benefits to the entire country. “We are an eclectic group of Lord Mayors, we come from very different places, from different backgrounds and have different political affiliations, but we agree on one thing – that cities really do matter to Australia,” he said. “Australian cities are now a... Read More

Capital City Lord Mayors applaud Cities Ministry

The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors congratulates the Prime Minister’s appointment of Jamie Briggs as Minister for Cities and the Built Environment. The appointment sends a clear message that cities matter – and the needs of Cities are firmly on the agenda of the Federal Government, cementing political support across all of major Australia’s political parties for federal engagement and investment in cities. A welcome first in federal politics. In welcoming the announcement, CCCLM Chair Martin Haese said “we are buoyed by the appointment of a Minister for Cities, and look forward to working with the Federal Government to address the infrastructure gap that our cities face. “Our cities are facing enormous challenges in managing population growth and the associated demands for transport and other infrastructure – whilst continuing to provide sustainable environments to maintain productive and liveable cities. “It is in our cities where people live and are employed, with 60% of Australia’s population living in the cities Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide. Our cities are where the contribution to the National economy is greatest, cities are the drivers of the national economy, generating the majority of Australia’s GDP. “This appointment signals that cities are to be given the attention they need. We look forward to working alongside Federal and State governments to develop the appropriate planning and investment mechanisms that provide the right decisions to enable the delivery of thriving future cities” he said. The CCCLM acknowledges the continued and welcomed support of cities by the Opposition, through the Shadow Minister for Cities, Anthony Albanese,... Read More


CCCLM Submission – Infrastructure Australia’s 15 Year Infrastructure Plan

The CCCLM submission draws from recent research and seeks a partnership with supporting policy and programs to create the environment for integrated infrastructure planning and delivery. In summary, the CCCLM

  • Partnering to improve the accessibility and productivity in Australia’s capital cities to address how projects are planned, agreed and funded
  • Progressing the further development and implementation of the COAG Reform Council’s Cities Task Force recommendations by Federal, State and Territory and Local governments (including a mechanism for industry and academic engagement)
  • Partnerships by all levels of government to unlock innovative funding solutions to deliver infrastructure projects in Australia’s cities that are part of an integrated long term plan
  • Adoption of the smart growth model to ensure that federal funding is directed to the right projects in the right locations
  • the development of a mechanism where knowledge is shared to enable solutions to the challenges facing our cities.

CCCLM Submission – 15 Infrastructure Plan FINAL

The Australian Night Time Economy and the economic performance of key LGAs

The National Local Government Drug and Alcohol Committee (NLGDAAC) encourages ways of sharing best practise that may help improve the quality and safety of the Night Time Economy.

In this study it sponsors understanding of the economic impact of the NTE and we ask questions such as

How big is it?

In what ways is it changing?

What is its economic role in urban centres?

This work follows an initial report on the Australian Night Time Economy5 for the time period 2009 to 2011.

This new analysis captures that period and reports through to the end of June 2013.


CCCLM policy position – Homelessness

It is a fundamental right of every Australian to live in a home that is safe, secure and affordable. The reality is that not everyone in Australia can access this basic human right. Homelessness is an issue that affects all capital cities.

CCCLM 2 Homelessness

CCCLM policy position – Emissions Reductions

As large users of energy, cities produce a significant proportion of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and consume an estimated 75% of the world’s energy (C40 Cities 2009).

CCCLM has a bold agenda to improve the way capital cities are planned, built and function to achieve efficient use of resources and to develop lead approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

CCCLM 5 Emissions Reductions

CCCLM policy position – International Education

Education is Australia’s fourth biggest export sector. It is the largest export industry for Victoria and second largest for NSW. Education generates $15 billion a year (down from $18 billion in 2009) and supports approximately 100,000 jobs across Australia. CCCLM believes more needs to be done to secure Australia’s future as a leading education exporter.

CCCLM 3 International Education

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Providing national leadership for the effective co-ordination and representation of the special interests of Capital Cities

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