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

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in Media Release |

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 are our biggest and most important communities.” The Lord Mayors share an agenda to deliver economic benefits that drive national prosperity and sustainability to our respective cities and communities.   Collaboration and partnerships between our capital cities is essential for this to occur”, Lord Mayor Moore concluded.    ...

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Cities welcome review of climate policies

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Media Release |

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...

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Resilience is the key to stronger cities

Posted by on Nov 9, 2016 in Media Release |

The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors (CCCLM) are taking a leadership role among Australian governments in promoting urban resilience. Australia’s cities are facing a range of increasing physical, social and economic challenges, resulting from acute shocks that threaten a city such as natural disasters, disease outbreaks and extremist acts. Chronic stresses that weaken the fabric of a city on an on-going basis include increases in populations, climate change, high unemployment and public transport systems under pressure. The total annual economic cost of natural disasters alone in Australia is forecast to rise from $9 billion today to $33 billion each year by 2050.   Much of this risk to our economy and our people is now concentrated in cities. Better investment in social and community resilience - pre and post-disaster - as well as recovery planning will support the ability of our cities to bounce back stronger from the challenges we inevitably face. “Urban resilience is the critical capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses and systems within a city to survive, adapt and grow no matter what kind of stresses and shocks they may experience,” said Lord Mayor Katrina Fong Lim, CCCLM Chair and Lord Mayor of Darwin. “Smart cities are resilient cities. “The resilience of our cities is the responsibility of all levels of government, and the CCCLM is meeting with its Federal counterparts at Parliament House over the next two days to discuss how the Federal Government and capital cities can most effectively work together.” “The key is to embed resilience planning into government decision-making,” she added. “This is particularly important at the Federal and State/Territory levels, which has responsibility for critical policy areas including emergency services, health, communications, infrastructure, the environment and economic development. “Cities matter, and the capital cities look forward to working co-operatively with the Federal Government to align policies and programs to achieve co-ordinated urban resilience outcomes,“ Lord Mayor Fong Lim concluded. Joining the Lord Mayors in Canberra will be Michael Berkowitz, who is the President of 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation.  Mr Berkowitz will be making a key note presentation on Wednesday evening outlining how cities and governments around the world are addressing urban resilience....

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Capital Cities must be Smart Cities

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Media Release |

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 solutions to our communities.  The Lord Mayors warmly welcome their engagement in the early stages of designing the Smart City and Suburbs program, as it is the capital city councils which can implement many of the smart city initiatives to be of great benefit to our communities,” the Lord Mayor...

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Cities critical to implementing climate action

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in Media Release |

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 energy networks and markets; To work together on policies and programmes targeting low emission vehicles, renewable energy and energy storage technologies including opportunities for cost reduction through collaboration; Supporting innovation in low carbon technologies and materials such as timber, and develop supply chains and business models that accelerate penetration of carbon reducing practices. 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...

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Lord Mayors welcome continued support for Cities

Posted by on Jul 4, 2016 in Media Release |

The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors (CCCLM) welcomes Labor’s infrastructure policy, acknowledging the ALP’s continued support for cities. Lord Mayors support Labor’s policy to bolster Infrastructure Australia by providing it with the administration of infrastructure financing facility, whilst conforming to Infrastructure Australia’s priority list. CCCLM Chair, Katrina Fong Lim (Lord Mayor of Darwin) commented that “the support of the Infrastructure Australia priority list is intrinsic in providing long term infrastructure to our cities. “This ensures decisions are made for the right infrastructure, at the right time and in the right location – with the strategic direction of spanning the life of one government,” said Katrina Fong Lim In our rapidly changing world, cities matter more than ever before. Cities now act as a location that centralises where investments are made, new ideas are formed, jobs are created, and most importantly where lives are lived. CCCLM welcomes the continuing interest and understanding the ALP has for cities, and the need of investment in infrastructure to ensure their continued economic...

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