As one of the worlds’ most urbanised nations, Australia’s capital cities will be instrumental to the implementation of climate and energy reform. Cities will be the site of many of the dramatic changes in consumer behaviour and technological change highlighted in the Finkel Review. The CSIRO estimates that as much as 50 per cent of energy consumption by 2050 will occur through decentralised energy technologies, which will be primarily rolled-out in the capital cities. As Australia’s energy market rules were constructed in an era of centralised generation, there are a series of regulatory barriers for decentralised energy which act as anti-competitive barriers to entry or distort competition. In the aftermath of the South Australian black-out, the focus of many parties is large-scale energy, networks and market operations to improve energy security – but it is equally important that energy market rules are modernised for the efficient roll-out of decentralised energy technologies Internationally, cities and regions were included in the Paris summit for the first term at a Conference of the Parties. The C40 cities network has recently estimated cities can directly or indirectly implement 40 per cent of the Paris agreement.
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. Driverless vehicles
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. CCCLM – Feedback on Carbon Offset Standards
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. CCCLM Pre-Budget Submission – final 200117
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
A review of the night time economic performance – commissioned by the National Local Government Drug and Alcohol Committee. PN042130_TheAustralianNTE2015-FINAL MAY 2016
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
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