Clean Energy Matter for Cities

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Media Release |

The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors (CCCLM) today welcomed the Coalition’s release of its plans to provide funds directed at boosting renewable energy and clean technology in capital cities. In welcoming today’s release, CCCLM Chair and Lord Mayor of Darwin, Katrina Fong Lim noted that “whilst the funding proposed is much welcomed, it demonstrates that action is required by all three levels of government working together which will allow cities to deliver emissions reductions”. “Our cities are instrumental in delivering emissions reductions to meet the Australian Government’s commitments, and capital cities stand ready to work alongside Federal and State/Territory governments to deliver energy efficiency in our cities” said the Lord Mayor. “It is recognised that Australia is one of the world’s most urbanised nations, and Australian’s are large users of energy. Cities produce a significant proportion of greenhouse gas emissions and consume an estimated 75% of the world’s energy. “Australian cities are vulnerable to a number of natural disasters – rising sea levels, flooding in low lying areas, increased water scarcity, extreme heat conditions and weather events. Cities play an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as well as planning and managing the impacts of climate change.  By working together, all levels of Government can ensure that Australia’s cities are strong and resilient, offering a quality of life that today’s and future generations can enjoy”. Lord Mayors call on the Federal Government to work with State and Territory governments, as well as capital city councils, to get the regulatory environment right in order to allow projects to be delivered under the proposed scheme announced today. “Our capital cities welcome the announcement of the program, and look forward to working with the Federal Government on the delivery of clean energy that matters to the future of our cities” said the Lord...

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Cities Matter this Federal Election

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Media Release |

The message from the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors (CCCLM) is clear – Australia’s major cities must not be neglected by the incoming Federal Government. Whilst much of the current election campaign focuses on marginal suburban seats, it’s critical that the economic and social output of our capital cities is recognised. CCCLM Cities Matter Spokesperson and Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Martin Haese, said that in an incredibly tight election campaign, the economic importance of cities must be acknowledged. “Governments around the world recognise the national significance of capital cities as centres of innovation, investment, jobs growth and wealth generation,” said the Lord Mayor. “We are seeing a renewed focus and engagement on cities from the Federal Government, and it’s critical that all levels of government work together to address the challenges capital cities face.” The Lord Mayor urged the Federal Government to focus on three key areas for cities: Infrastructure The economy Climate resilience “City‐based jobs in health, education, advanced manufacturing and professional services continue to grow,” said the Lord Mayor. “City economies are the engine room of a strong national economy, and it’s our cities where Australia’s future jobs are being created.” Australia’s capital cities are vital to our economy, generating productivity and high value add jobs. Our capital cities accounted for over $1,000 billion in economic activity in 2013‐14, as well as: 68 per cent of Australia’s GDP 82 per cent of GDP growth in 2013‐14 66 per cent of Australia’s 2.1 million businesses 69 per cent of Australia’s employed labour force – 8.1 million workers 76 per cent of Australia’s employment growth over the last decade. The Lord Mayor said ‘knowledge sector’ jobs will drive Australia’s future economy and the vast majority of these new jobs are based in capital cities, with cities also being our education hubs. “Cities matter and it’s vital they continue to matter to the Federal Government after 2 July.” Further information is included below and, to find out more about why cities matter, please visit: www.citiesmatter.com.au FURTHER INFORMATION & STATISTICS Education: Capital cities host the majority of our universities, including the ‘group of 8’ institutions and almost 80 per cent of all tertiary and university students study in our capital cities. Night Time Economy: Cities drive Australia’s night time economy (NTE) and recent research by CCCLM has found that annual NTE sales revenues in 2013‐14 was estimated at $108 billion – an increase of 20 per cent from $90 billion in 2009 , whereas the broader Australian economy (unconnected to the NTE) grew by 13.8 per cent in the same period. Infrastructure: Urban congestion is a major issue which cost the Australian economy almost $14 billion in 2011 and is forecast to increase to more than $53 billion by around 2030. Significant government investment in key...

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Measuring Australia’s after dark activities

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Media Release |

The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors (CCCLM) today released its third report in a series measuring the performance of the Australian Night Time Economy (NTE). The report includes the change in levels of annual sales revenues, number of establishments operating and employment across 14 key urban local government areas (including all State and Territory capital cities).   The CCCLM Chair and Lord Mayor of Darwin, Katrina Fong Lim, noted the significant contribution activities taking place during the evening and night time make to the national economy, “local councils work hard to ensure that safe and diverse entertainment precincts are provided for the enjoyment of all who participate. The reported increase in jobs created and revenue turned over at night time reflects the need to support a growing 24 hour society”.   The report highlights that: Annual NTE sales revenues in 2013-14 was estimated at $108 billion – an increase of 20 per cent from $90 billion in 2009 – the broader Australian economy (unconnected to the NTE) grew by 13.8 per cent in the same period. The NTE employs over 1 million people – 8.7 per cent of all Australian employment. Compared with the day-time economy, employment growth in the NTE experienced strong annual growth of 2.2 per cent. Food led businesses continue to grow, and accounts for 58 per cent of all NTE sales volume, with close to $38 billion of sales at restaurants and cafes, take away food sales follow at $24.6 billion. Food led revenue grew by $14 billion in the 2008-09 to 2013-14 period. Liquor retailing increased slightly by 18 per cent since 2008-09 – slightly ahead of the 13 per cent inflation rate increase in the same period.   “Federal, State/Territory and Local Governments have a responsibility to support the range of city users, including residents, day and night time businesses as well as those that visit cities for work and entertainment” said the Lord Mayor.   “This report provides further evidence that cities matter. We call on all levels of governments to support better places for people to live, work and visit around the clock by: working together to develop national strategies that are delivered locally; creating a structure for all stakeholders to engage in dialogue; and maintaining an evaluative process of performance change.   The Lord Mayor thanked members of the National Local Government Drug and Alcohol Committee for its work in producing this important research, which provides an understanding of the size, value and changing characteristics of our cities’ night time activities.   The report is available here: PN042130_TheAustralianNTE2015-FINAL MAY...

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Cities Summit demonstrates cities matter

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Media Release |

Australia’s capital city Lord Mayors have restated the importance of Australia’s cities as major drivers of the Australian economy, following today’s Smart Cities Summit. Council of Capital City Lord Mayors (CCCLM) Chair, Lord Mayor of Darwin Katrina Fong Lim, welcomed today’s Summit, which highlighted renewed Federal engagement on urban issues affecting our cities, including provision of funding and finance for infrastructure and transport, climate change resilience and the economy. “Australia’s capital cities are critical to Australia’s economic and social prosperity.  We are the nation’s engine-room and one of the most urbanised countries in the world.  Over two-thirds of Australia’s population live in our capital cities, with 82% of Australia’s future population growth expected to occur in our capitals”, said Lord Mayor Fong Lim. Our capital cities also generate 68% of Australia’s GDP, a figure that continues to increase, and have 8.1 million workers – 69% of Australia’s total workforce. As the Prime Minister highlighted at the Summit, sustainable cities with high quality of life will continue to attract the best and brightest who have the knowledge and skills to drive innovation and economic growth. CCCLM has been actively working to develop a common agenda between the Federal Government and Australia’s capital cities on the future of our cities.  Today’s Summit demonstrated a strong agreement that Australia’s Cities Matter. Lord Mayors welcome the opportunity to enter into meaningful partnerships with the Australian Government to deliver the agenda that we share, our cities’ prosperity and sustainability and in turn the Nation’s prosperity and...

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Lord Mayors welcome solutions identified in Infrastructure Plan

Posted by on Feb 19, 2016 in Media Release |

The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors (CCCLM) welcomed the release of Infrastructure Australia’s 15 year Infrastructure Plan, released on 17 February, 2016. Lord Mayors were pleased to note that in addition to a priority list of projects, the Infrastructure Plan’s key recommendations include a sensible approach to reform on delivery of Australian infrastructure needs – including planning and decision making – which will pave the way for a more efficient process for the benefit of all Australians and the economy. The Lord Mayor of Darwin, and Chair of the CCCLM, Katrina Fong Lim commented that “Lord Mayors are pleased to see that public transport rate highly in the priority list, with metro rail systems in the cities of Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney; public transport initiatives in Perth, Adelaide and Canberra; urban renewal in Hobart and water supply upgrade project in Darwin being included in the recommended key investment projects. “We commend Infrastructure Australia’s plan, and are pleased that incentives to ease congestion in and around our cities have been identified and proposals that provide some solutions have been included. In addition, it is pleasing to note the Plan seeks to take a step forward in managing the growth in Australia’s population through reforms to infrastructure, services, and housing.” CCCLM looks forward the Government’s response to the IA report, as well as participating in further discussion on its implementation with our Federal and State government...

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Capital City Councils – Greening Australian Cities

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in Media Release |

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 http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/environment-waste/green-living/councils-green-commitment 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 major renewal program is planned for coming years to keep and extend these multiple benefits. The ACT Government is developing strategies on both Climate Change Adaptation and Living (Green) infrastructure to address the impacts of climate change. DARWIN The City of Darwin is a tropical city with good canopy cover of 19% in the CBD and 30% across the municipality. (This represents 657 hectares of green space.) Results from the CBD tree canopy survey estimate the structural value of the 1,150 CBD trees to be over $2M. Shade provided by these trees is believed to create energy savings to the adjacent buildings and deliver gross carbon sequestration of 20 tonnes CO2 equivalent. The major thematic schemes of our City Centre Master Plan2 include linking the green and blue (sea) networks and cooling the city (including increasing pedestrian comfort through street tree planting). The City Centre Master Plan includes shady and extensive landscaped areas as a major component of the urban environment with new parks and reserves. http://www.darwin.nt.gov.au/cbdmasterplan HOBART Hobart City Council is currently collaborating with the State Government in developing a Sustainable Buildings Program for Hobart’s commercial building sector that...

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