The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors (CCCLM) today welcomed the Coalition’s release of its plans to provide funds directed at boosting renewable energy and clean technology in capital cities. In welcoming today’s release, CCCLM Chair and Lord Mayor of Darwin, Katrina Fong Lim noted that “whilst the funding proposed is much welcomed, it demonstrates that action is required by all three levels of government working together which will allow cities to deliver emissions reductions”. “Our cities are instrumental in delivering emissions reductions to meet the Australian Government’s commitments, and capital cities stand ready to work alongside Federal and State/Territory governments to deliver energy efficiency in our cities” said the Lord Mayor. “It is recognised that Australia is one of the world’s most urbanised nations, and Australian’s are large users of energy. Cities produce a significant proportion of greenhouse gas emissions and consume an estimated 75% of the world’s energy. “Australian cities are vulnerable to a number of natural disasters – rising sea levels, flooding in low lying areas, increased water scarcity, extreme heat conditions and weather events. Cities play an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as well as planning and managing the impacts of climate change. By working together, all levels of Government can ensure that Australia’s cities are strong and resilient, offering a quality of life that today’s and future generations can enjoy”. Lord Mayors call on the Federal Government to work with State and Territory governments, as well as capital city councils, to get the regulatory environment right in order to allow projects to... Read More
The message from the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors (CCCLM) is clear – Australia’s major cities must not be neglected by the incoming Federal Government. Whilst much of the current election campaign focuses on marginal suburban seats, it’s critical that the economic and social output of our capital cities is recognised. CCCLM Cities Matter Spokesperson and Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Martin Haese, said that in an incredibly tight election campaign, the economic importance of cities must be acknowledged. “Governments around the world recognise the national significance of capital cities as centres of innovation, investment, jobs growth and wealth generation,” said the Lord Mayor. “We are seeing a renewed focus and engagement on cities from the Federal Government, and it’s critical that all levels of government work together to address the challenges capital cities face.” The Lord Mayor urged the Federal Government to focus on three key areas for cities: Infrastructure The economy Climate resilience “City‐based jobs in health, education, advanced manufacturing and professional services continue to grow,” said the Lord Mayor. “City economies are the engine room of a strong national economy, and it’s our cities where Australia’s future jobs are being created.” Australia’s capital cities are vital to our economy, generating productivity and high value add jobs. Our capital cities accounted for over $1,000 billion in economic activity in 2013‐14, as well as: 68 per cent of Australia’s GDP 82 per cent of GDP growth in 2013‐14 66 per cent of Australia’s 2.1 million businesses 69 per cent of Australia’s employed labour force – 8.1 million workers 76 per cent of Australia’s employment growth over... Read More
A review of the night time economic performance – commissioned by the National Local Government Drug and Alcohol Committee.
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