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Communique – Lord Mayors’ meeting, Sydney 9-10 March

Australia’s capital city Lord Mayors are focused on improving the prosperity, safety and liveability of our major cities. The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors (CCCLM) met today at Sydney Town Hall, to discuss critical issues for the management and security of our major cities and the people who live in, work and visit them. The agenda for the Lord Mayors’ meeting included discussions and briefings from expert practitioners: ·       Climate Action ·       City Safety and Security ·       Homelessness ·       Urban Renewal ·       Short Term Letting ·       Development of Precincts As part of CCCLM’s on-going engagement with the Federal Government, the Lord Mayors also met with the Minister for the Environment and Energy, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, to discuss practical solutions that will help cities to achieve successful environmental outcomes, as well as meeting local and international targets and commitments. “Australia’s capital cities are critical to the nation’s economic and social prosperity, and as the managers of our major cities, it is vital that the Lord Mayors work together through CCCLM to address the major issues impacting on our cities”, said Lord Mayor Clover Moore – Lord Mayor of Sydney and Chair of CCCLM. Globally, cities consume 78% of the world’s energy and produce more than 60% of all carbon dioxide and significant amounts of other greenhouse gas emissions, mainly through energy generation, vehicles, industry, and biomass use. “However, the capital cities are also the nation’s economic engine room.  Over two-thirds of Australia’s population live in our capital cities, which also generate 68% of the nation’s GDP.  They... Read More

Cities welcome review of climate policies

The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors today welcomed the Government’s release of the terms of reference for its review into climate change policies. CCCLM Chair, Katrina Fong Lim welcomed the announcement of the review. “Australia is one of the worlds’ most urbanised nations, and our capital cities are instrumental in delivering emissions reductions to meet Australia’s targets”. “Australia’s capital cities are actively working towards reducing emissions, building resilience and decreasing vulnerability to the adverse effects of climate change, and each of the capital cities have set high aspirations for climate action for their local government areas”. Capital city councils look forward to having input into the 2017 review of Australia’s national climate policy, and continuing to work collectively with the Federal and State and Territory governments on this area of critical importance. “The review needs to ensure the development and implementation of effective national climate change policy settings that promote a national framework for meeting Australia’s international commitments, whilst also addressing the integration of climate policy with energy policy and support for ongoing efforts to strengthen energy networks and markets”. “Australia’s capital cities are leaders in the implementation of climate action in Australia, and look forward to enhanced collaboration with our federal, state and territory counterparts in this critical area”, Lord Mayor Katrina Fong Lim... Read More


Submission to the independent review into the future security of the National Electricity Market

As one of the worlds’ most urbanised nations, Australia’s capital cities will be instrumental to the implementation of climate and energy reform.

Cities will be the site of many of the dramatic changes in consumer behaviour and technological change highlighted in the Finkel Review.  The CSIRO estimates that as much as 50 per cent of energy consumption by 2050 will occur through decentralised energy technologies, which will be primarily rolled-out in the capital cities.  As Australia’s energy market rules were constructed in an era of centralised generation, there are a series of regulatory barriers for decentralised energy which act as anti-competitive barriers to entry or distort competition.  In the aftermath of the South Australian black-out, the focus of many parties is large-scale energy, networks and market operations to improve energy security – but it is equally important that energy market rules are modernised for the efficient roll-out of decentralised energy technologies

Internationally, cities and regions were included in the Paris summit for the first term at a Conference of the Parties.  The C40 cities network has recently estimated cities can directly or indirectly implement 40 per cent of the Paris agreement.

Submission to the inquiry into the social issues relatinag to land-based driverless vehicles in Australia

The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors welcomes the Federal Government’s initiative in commencing a dialogue on the introduction of driverless vehicles, which will contribute to the development of the appropriate environment that encourages development in a safe and productive manner.

We offer the following comments, and note our interest in remaining part of the discussion as the development of policy for the introduction of driverless vehicles in Australia evolves.

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National Carbon Offset Standards submission

CCCLM believes that the proposed National Carbon Offset Standards (NCOS) for buildings are broadly consistent with the existing NCOS for organisations and products and services.

The draft standards provide an appropriate level of flexibility for application in different scenarios, e.g. carbon neutral certification of a whole building or base building operations only, and for precincts of varying sizes. In addition, the draft standards provide appropriate guidance on carbon accounting for building and precincts.

CCCLM – Feedback on Carbon Offset Standards

Submission – Smart Cities & Suburbs guidelines

The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors warmly welcome the Federal Government’s renewed involvement in Australia’s cities through the Smart Cities Agenda, and have been calling for greater Federal engagement in urban policy for over twenty years.

CCCLM welcomes the $50m funding for the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, but notes that the number of quality applications submitted may well significantly outweigh the grant money available. CCCLM believes that the limited budget of $10 million for the first round will severely limit the number of projects, and recommends an alternative of $20 million being available for the first year to enable more pilots.

The CCCLM’s submission to the Smart Cities & Surburbs program’s guidelines contains key recommendations to encourage applications which demonstrate projects that have a strategic outcome to the Federal Government Smart Cities agenda.


Submission – Using value capture to help deliver major land transport infrastructure

The CCCLM recognises the importance of effective transport infrastructure in delivering clear economic and social benefits to Australia’s cities, and also recognises the budget constraints of all levels of Government.

In recent years, local governments have seen funding through grants and subsidies reduced which has put increased pressure on capital and major cities to deliver infrastructure and services, therefore CCCLM is supportive of developing alternative equitable and sustainable funding and financing models, such as value capture.

It is well established that improving transport infrastructure and connectivity, is likely to result in an increase in land and property values, whereby land in more accessible locations will attract a higher price, leading to a higher yield or higher-value use of that land, making value capture a potential source of infrastructure funding.

For example, with the delivery of the Mandurah rail line in 2007, land values within a 400m catchment of rail stations increased by 40% due to the accessibility provided by the new rail system.

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