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Capital City Councils – Greening Australian Cities

Australia’s capital cities are the engine rooms of the Australian economy, contributing over one thousand billion dollars of economic activity in 2013-14. The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors welcomes the Federal Government’s recognition that cities matter. In a speech delivered today the Minister for the Environment, the Hon Greg Hunt MP outlined the Federal Government’s plan to work with cities on long term and integrated planning; infrastructure planning and funding and greening our cities. Responding to the Minister’s speech, CCCLM Chair, Katrina Fong Lim (Lord Mayor of Darwin) stated that Capital Cities are well placed to rise to the challenge of developing greener cities – in fact, many of Australia’s capital cities are well advanced in their long term plans and local investment into greening our cities. Cities have long recognised that increasing green space is a practical solution to the effects of climate change and associated increasing extreme weather events. Examples of programs for the greening of our capital cities include: ADELAIDE Adelaide City Council has commenced work recently on a $1M greening program, finding ways to introduce trees into difficult urban spaces. BRISBANE Brisbane City Council is committed to a number of activities which green the city, including projects such as its Bushland cover and 2 Million Trees projects CANBERRA As an inland city that already experiences heatwaves and extreme heat days, the ACT Government recognises the risks of increasing ‘city heat’. Canopy trees are valuable public assets that enhance our city’s amenity and liveability, biodiversity and economic viability. Canberra’s urban forest is aging, so a... Read More

New CCCLM Executive Director appointed

The chairman of the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors (CCCLM), City of Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese, has announced the CCCLM’s new Executive Director. Richard Lindsay joins the CCCLM from 11 January 2016, bringing a vast array of expertise in government, advocacy, policy development, communications and media to the role. Mr Lindsay’s previous role was as the National Chief Executive Officer of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA). Lord Mayor Martin Haese was pleased to welcome Mr Lindsay to the Executive Director role. “Richard has extensive experience working in several of the policy focus areas of the CCCLM, including housing, infrastructure and cities, and urban policy. “Richard is also a member of both the Government’s and the Opposition’s urban policy advisory forums, and has experience in managing a diverse range of stakeholders with over twenty years of experience working across government. “Richard brings many skills to this role and all CCCLM members look forward to working with him.” Mr Lindsay is a highly experienced senior executive and advocate who has previously held roles with the Australian Seafood Industry Council, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, the Australian Information Industry Association and Government Relations Australia, as well as senior positions in the Commonwealth Departments of Finance and Prime Minister and Cabinet, and several political adviser roles. “It is an exciting time to be joining the CCCLM,” said Mr Lindsay. “Our capital cities are critical drivers of Australia’s economy, and the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors is uniquely placed to lead the national urban policy agenda, which... 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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