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Capital Cities must be Smart Cities

Australia’s capital city Lord Mayors are taking a leadership role in investing and developing technologies and practices that are increasingly transforming our capitals into ‘smart cities’.   The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors (CCCLM) met this week in Darwin, and the development of smart city technologies and culture in our capitals was a major focus of the Lord Mayor’s agenda.   “Smart cities seek to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants by using technology to improve the efficiency of services, better manage city assets, improve the management of traffic and urban flows, reduce costs and resource consumption” said CCCLM Chair, Lord Mayor Katrina Fong Lim, Lord Mayor of Darwin.   “There is no one model for a smart city in Australia.  All cities have aspects which make them great and unique, and will require tailor made initiatives to enhance how we improve city operations, improve the productivity of our CBDs, and enhance the day to day experiences of people who live, work and visit our cities.”   The Federal Government has recently announced a $50m Smart Cities and Suburbs Plan, and have held roundtables in each capital city, with Darwin’s being held on Wednesday to discuss with key stakeholders how to most effectively implement the plan.   “CCCLM believes the Federal Government’s commitment of $50 million is a good initial step towards fostering greater innovation and developing smart solutions that can improve long-standing urban problems.”   “Collaboration between all tiers of Government, as well as with industry, is essential to provide effective and efficient smart city... Read More

Cities critical to implementing climate action

On Friday 26 August, representatives from Australia’s capital cities joined with state and territory environment ministers and officials in a Climate Change Roundtable hosted by the ACT Government. The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors (CCCLM) welcomed the Roundtable, and its acknowledgement of the important role that the cities and regions have in implementing effective climate action in Australia. Australia’s capital cities are at the forefront of climate action in Australia, including the implementation and management of programs to: improve the energy efficiency of buildings, homes and streetlights; reduce vehicle emissions; improve and decarbonise our energy supply; and significantly reduce the emissions of city operations. CCCLM welcomes the commitment of the members of the Roundtable to work collectively to deliver low-carbon social and economic benefits to our respective jurisdictions, whilst helping to deliver effective climate action for all. There was agreement from the members of the Roundtable to focus on the following areas as priorities: Ensuring the development and implementation of effective national climate change policy settings, in recognition of the 2015 Paris Agreement and emphasise the critical importance of states, territories and local governments having direct and material input into the 2017 review of Australia’s national climate policy; Engage with Planning and Building Ministers on opportunities to accelerate consistent, stronger, and cost effective standards and guidelines where appropriate for sustainability and efficiency in new and existing residential and commercial building performance; Promoting a national framework for meeting Australia’s international climate change commitments at least cost, integrating climate policy with energy policy, including support for ongoing efforts to strengthen... Read More


Smart Cities Plan – Submission June 2016

In our rapidly changing world, cities are more important than ever before. Cities are where people and organisations come together, where investments are made, where new ideas are formed, where jobs are created and, importantly, where lives are lived.

Cities matter.

CCCLM Smart Cities Plan Response – Final

The Australian Night Time Economy 2009-2014

A review of the night time economic performance – commissioned by the National Local Government Drug and Alcohol Committee.

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Submission – inquiry into transport connectivity in stimulating development and economic activity

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.

Read more here: CCCLM Submission – SC Infrastructure Tranport & Cites – final 08 03 16


Submission – Affordable Housing Working Group Issues Paper

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.

Read more here: CCCLM Submission to Inquiry into the need for a nationally consistent approach to alcohol-fuelled violence

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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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