Lord Mayors welcome solutions identified in Infrastructure Plan

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 counterparts.

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 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 […]

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 will ensure the long term prosperity, liveability and sustainability of our cities.”

Australia’s Lord Mayors take their case to the Federal Government

Australia’s capital city lord mayors are accelerating their push for a closer working relationship with the Commonwealth. They are in Canberra today to speak to federal representatives, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the new Minister for Cities and the Built Environment, Jamie Briggs about how the Australian Government and cities can work together to benefit the nation. Current Council of Capital City Lord Mayors (CCCLM) Chair, Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese, welcomed the historic creation of the Cities ministry and recognised the priority that both the government and opposition have placed on cities as major drivers of the Australian economy. “Australia’s capital cities are home to more than two thirds of our people and account for two thirds of our economic output, but immediate action is required to ensure the future liveability and prosperity of cities and the nation,” Lord Mayor Haese said. “As the appointment of Australia’s first ever Minister for Cities attests, in our rapidly changing global economy, cities are more important than ever before and our Lord Mayors feel so strongly about this that we’ve come to Canberra to work alongside our national politicians for the future benefit of all Australians”. Australia’s capital city lord mayors will be discussing the priority projects in cities that would bring benefits to the entire country. “We are an eclectic group of Lord Mayors, we come from very different places, from different backgrounds and have different political affiliations, but we agree on one thing – that cities really do matter to Australia,” he said. “Australian cities are now a trillion dollar economy, and this needs to be protected. Australian cities need help to do better. Commuting times have increased by […]

Capital City Lord Mayors applaud Cities Ministry

The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors congratulates the Prime Minister’s appointment of Jamie Briggs as Minister for Cities and the Built Environment. The appointment sends a clear message that cities matter – and the needs of Cities are firmly on the agenda of the Federal Government, cementing political support across all of major Australia’s political parties for federal engagement and investment in cities. A welcome first in federal politics. In welcoming the announcement, CCCLM Chair Martin Haese said “we are buoyed by the appointment of a Minister for Cities, and look forward to working with the Federal Government to address the infrastructure gap that our cities face. “Our cities are facing enormous challenges in managing population growth and the associated demands for transport and other infrastructure – whilst continuing to provide sustainable environments to maintain productive and liveable cities. “It is in our cities where people live and are employed, with 60% of Australia’s population living in the cities Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide. Our cities are where the contribution to the National economy is greatest, cities are the drivers of the national economy, generating the majority of Australia’s GDP. “This appointment signals that cities are to be given the attention they need. We look forward to working alongside Federal and State governments to develop the appropriate planning and investment mechanisms that provide the right decisions to enable the delivery of thriving future cities” he said. The CCCLM acknowledges the continued and welcomed support of cities by the Opposition, through the Shadow Minister for Cities, Anthony Albanese, and the work of Greens’ Senator Scott Ludlam.

Capital City Lord Mayors seek renewed Federal focus on Cities

The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors congratulates Malcolm Turnbull MP on being sworn in this afternoon as Prime Minister, and acknowledges his previous interest in cities. CCCLM Chair and Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Martin Haese, is confident this interest will extend to Federal policy announcements on cities in the lead up to the Federal election. “Cities are where national economic growth, innovation and creativity takes place, our cities are where 80 per cent of Australians live and work,” Martin said. “It is well known that strong cities are the foundation of a strong economy and it is evident that the economic and population load faced by Australia’s cities is set to grow into the future. “Australia’s population is estimated to grow by 30 million people by 2031 – the lion’s share of this growth will be in our capital cities. “The cost of road delays in the six largest capital cities cost our nation $13.7 billion in 2007 – expected to grow to $53.3 billion in 2031. Now is the time to turn the attention and support to the needs of cities. “All levels of government are required to work in partnership to unlock solutions that will deliver the infrastructure, environmental and economic solutions to manage our future growth.” Now, more than ever, cities matter, and the CCCLM looks forward to working with Prime Turnbull and his government to ensure the future prosperity and sustainability of cities.

Infrastructure investment matters to Cities

The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors (CCCLM) welcomes the Prime Minister’s release today of the Infrastructure Australia report Our Infrastructure Challenges. The report highlights the urgent need for attention to the provision of the right infrastructure in our cities. This report highlights that cities matter and infrastructure investment in them should be a priority. Chair of the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors’ (CCCLM) and Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Martin Haese said with almost nine in ten Australians living in urban Australia, and 80 per cent of all goods and services produced in cities, our future as a strong, secure and sustainable country is at risk and will largely be determined by the ability for our cities to operative effectively. “It is unsatisfactory to allow the unchecked and continued growth of this level of congestion in our cities,” said Martin. The report shows that car travel times in the most gridlocked parts of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra are expected to jump by at least 20 per cent if no measures to boost capacity or curb demand are implemented. The cost of road delays in the six largest capital cities was $13.7 billion in 2011, but is projected to grow by around 290 per cent to $53.3 billion in 2031 without measures including new roads and more public transport funding. On average, demand for public transport in our capital cities is set to almost double over the next 20 years. “Our growing population, and the nation’s economy deserves the support of an effective and efficient transport system, which provides choice to commuters”, he said. “The CCCLM called on the Federal Government for investment in infrastructure in 2007; […]

Lord Mayors welcome “20 Minute City” paper

The Lord Mayors of Australia’s capital cities have welcomed a policy paper released by the Bus Industry Confederation (BIC) today proposing national leadership to drive the creation of ’20 minute cities’ in Australia. “The Lord Mayors of Australia’s capital cities welcome the timely and constructive contribution BIC’s Connecting Neighbourhoods: The ‘20 minute city’ policy paper makes towards a national discussion on urban Australia”, said Lord Mayor Martin Haese, Chair of the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors (CCCLM). “With almost nine in ten Australians living in urban Australia, and 80 per cent of all goods and services produced in cities, our future as a strong, secure and sustainable country will largely be determined by the quality of our cities. “While Australia’s cities rank highly globally for being liveable, let’s not be complacent, we can and should strive to do more to lock in future prosperity and share the benefits across the community. “ Lord Mayor Haese said. Connecting Neighbourhoods: The ‘20 minute city’ focuses on the pivotal role of transport in making cities work, connecting people to services, employment and education opportunities. The paper also outlines a new governance process through a Council of Australian Governments (COAG) mechanism involving Australia’s three tiers of government, including Lord Mayors, working together to deliver better planning outcomes in Australia’s cities. “As Lord Mayors we welcome the opportunity to work alongside other levels of government to strengthen the quality of life Australians experience in our cities, and to ensure that people living and working across cities, be it inner, middle or in outer suburbs have the opportunity to share in these benefits.“ Lord Mayor Haese said. “Prosperous, liveable cities don’t happen by accident. Robust […]

Night Time Economy shows value as an economic driver

The National Local Government Drug and Alcohol Committee, a committee of the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors, today released updated research showing healthy growth in the Australian night time economy (NTE). The report highlights sales revenues in the night time economy has jumped by more than 13% in the reporting period, up from $90 billion in 2009 to $102 billion in 2013. Chair of the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors’ (CCCLM) and Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Martin Haese said that generating revenues on this scale was a great achievement for the NTE and an indicator of its value as an economic driver for the country. “Distributed over three categories (food, entertainment and drink led), our Night Time Mix Index shows growth across all categories in a range of cities who participated in the study,” Martin said. “This tells us the NTE is a major employer across the country with just on one million people, or 8.5% of all the country’s employed, working in this area. “Another positive indicator nationally is that over the reporting period employment in and across the NTE categories grew by 6.3%, which is nearly double the employment growth in the Australian economy in the same period,” he said. “The performance of the NTE is also good news for its supply chain, employing more than 1.6 million Australians; that means that over 25% of Australia’s workforce is connected directly or indirectly with the NTE. “The number of businesses operating in the core Night Time Economy categories also grew by 6.9% since 2009, greater than the Australian total increase in the same period of 5.1%,” Martin said. Australia’s biggest city, Sydney, led the country in growth […]

City of Adelaide Lord Mayor, Martin Haese is the new CCCLM Chair for 2015

Lord Mayor of Melbourne Robert Doyle has handed over the Chairmanship of the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors (CCCLM) to the Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Martin Haese for 2015. “CCCLM works to foster a united, partnership approach with other levels of government on important issues affecting our communities,” Lord Mayor Doyle said. “Cities are the level of government closest to their constituents and therefore are in a unique position to act. We are the economic engine rooms of Australia: generating two-thirds of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product and housing three quarters of our workforce. “I am confident that Lord Mayor Haese will be an effective leader and will continue to further CCCLM’s work on important issues such as Alcohol Management, Emissions Reductions, Homelessness and International Education.” Lord Mayor Martin Haese said as the first local government to be formed in Australia, it was fitting that the City of Adelaide would take on the responsibility for chairing the CCCLM in the year it celebrates its 175th anniversary. “This is an exciting time for Adelaide; like all big cities we are benefiting from the growth that comes from significant infrastructure investment from all levels of government and the private sector, an influx of international students and a renaissance in people’s appreciation of the colour and movement within their own CBD. “While acknowledging these benefits, forums like CCCLM are critical because they bring cities together to help manage the challenges associated with that growth in a practical, constructive and in many cases, sensitive and socially responsible way,” Martin said. “This is also an important year for the CCCLM to step up and play an active role in the Federation Reform process, ensuring […]