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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Our cities currently face enormous pressures and an equal number of opportunities. As managers of our capital cities, Lord Mayors are at the coal face of change, and are in the best position to work with the Australian and State and Territory Governments to meet the challenges facing our city communities.
The pressures and changing needs that result from a growing population; the impacts of a changing climate and an evolving global digital economy will challenge our cities like never before. The risk is that, left unchecked, our quality of life will reduce and our city economies will become less productive.
The latest ABS population projections suggest that the Australian population may increase by as much as seven million (or 30%) by 2031, and by eighteen million (or over 75%) by 2061. However, according to the ABS projections, this growth is likely to be concentrated in Australia’s capital cities. The eight capital cities are expected to grow by a combined 5.5 million by 2031 and by 14.8 million people by 2061.
To keep our cities among the world’s most liveable we must adapt quickly to the new challenges and pressures that we face. Local, State and Territory and the Australian governments need to work together, along with businesses, educational institutions, community organisations and city residents, to ensure the long‐term prosperity, liveability and resilience of our cities.
Providing national leadership for the effective co-ordination and representation of the special interests of Capital Cities