Moving Australia



June 19, 2018 Parliament House in Canberrs

Making Australian cities the world’s smartest


Key Note Speaker: Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Martin Haese

Australia’s capital city Lord Mayors are leading the way by investing and developing technologies and practices that are rapidly transforming our capitals into ‘smart cities’. Working together, across government and with industry, Local Government can provide effective and efficient solutions for our communities.

Backed by the strategic investment in the Ten Gigabit Adelaide high-speed data network, the City of Adelaide is quickly becoming a leader in this space. Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Martin Haese, explained to guests how smart city technology is being used to reduce operating costs, enhance the daily visitor experience, support local businesses to thrive, and create greater prosperity for communities.

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Andrew Giles, Member for ScullinVariousPaul Fletcher, Member for BradfieldMartin Haese, Adelaide Lord Mayor
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March 28, 2018 Parliament House in Canberra

How Great Cities Happen - integrating people, land use and transport


Key Note Speaker: Adjunct Professor John Stanley - Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, The Business School, The University of Sydney

John Stanley is a Senior Research Fellow in Sustainable Land Transport and is published widely in books, journals and reports. John is the current Chair of People and Parks Foundation, and a director of Road Safety Inspections P/L. He was a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee advising Victoria’s Minister for Planning on Melbourne’s new Metropolitan Planning Strategy and was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to public transport and conservation.

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Countries around the world are pushing hard for closer integration between land use planning and integrated transport. Many do it much better than Australia. How Great Cities Happen, co-authored by Adjunct Professor John Stanley formulates the development of a wider, all encompassing agenda for more productive, inclusive and sustainable cities , including the concept of 20 minute neighbourhoods, where people can do most of the things, most of the time that they need for a good life within 20 minutes of where they live by walking, cycling or public transport.

The presentation had a strong focus on the critical role of the federal government in Australia’s future cities. This included a high level strategic policy role and a funding and investment role based around state, territory and local governments only receiving federal funding based on developing and sticking to long term City development plans (40 years) that include defined outcomes in relation to the type of cities we want to live in and how this might be achieved.

The presentation provided examples of a number of cities and regions around the world that are getting the right mix of land use and transport integration, also providing insights into the importance of agreed governance (federal, state, local) arrangements to ensure that long term objectives and plans can be met to minimise the impact of the election cycle and ensure a city’s design and functionality is suited to the surrounding local environment.

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Copies of "How Great Cities Happen" can be ordered through Edward Elgar Publishing house online

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Berna Doksatli, Australasian Railway Association | Danny Broad, Australasian Railway Association| Emma Woods, Australasian Railway AssociationRichard Lindsay, Property Council of Australia | Prof John Stanley, University of Sydney | Stephen Hodge, Cycling Promotion FundBerna Doksatli, Australasian Railway Association | Emma Woods, Australasian Railway Association |Liz de Chastel, Australian Local Government Association |Karen Wright, Planning Institute of AustraliaTerri Butler, Member for Griffith | Judith Hannon, National Growth Areas Alliance | Sharon Bird, Member for Cunningham
Michael Apps, Bus Industry ConfederationPaul Fletcher, Member for BradfieldPaul Fletcher, Member for BradfieldProf John Stanley, University of Sydney
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June 13, 2017 Parliament House in Canberra

Infrastructure Australia - New Approaches to Public Transport


Key Note Speaker: Philip Davies CEO Infrastructure Australia

Philip Davies is the CEO of Infrastructure Australia. Prior to leading Infrastructure Australia, Philip led AECOM's Infrastructure Advisory business in Asia Pacific. He has over 25 years of experience in shaping infrastructure policy. Philip is a Chartered Engineers and a Fellow of Engineers Australia.

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Ian Dobbs, UITP AU&NZ | Janet Rice, Senator for Victoria | Philip Davies, Infrastructure AustraliaVariousIan Dobbs, UITP AU&NZ | Danny Broad, Australasian Railway Association |Anthony Albanese, Member for Grayndler | Joel Fitzgibbon, Member for Hunter | Philip Davies, Infrastructure AustraliaIan Dobbs, UITP AU&NZ | Janet Rice, Senator for Victoria | Danny Broad, Australasian Railway Association
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VariousMichael Apps, Bus Industry ConfederationJanet Rice, Senator for Victoria | Andrew Giles, Member for ScullinIan Dobbs, UITP AU&NZ


March 27, 2017 Parliament House in Canberra

Plan for Health

Key Note Speaker: Brent Toderian

Brent Toderian is the former Chief Planner for the City of Vancouver, Canada. He highlighted in his speech that both Australia and Canada are two of the most liveable countries in the world. He is an advocate for a radical rethink in the way conversations are held regarding the designs and developments of cities.

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Stephen Hodge, Cycling Promotion Fund|Jonathon Cartledge, Green Building Council of Australia|Adrian Piani, Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council|Shahana McKenzie, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects|Megan Motto, Consult AustraliaRohan Greenland | Romily Madew |John Kelly | Stephen Hodge | Jonathon Cartledge | Shahana McKenzie | David Williams | Matt Cross | Trent Zimmerman | Megan Motto | Adrian PianiVariousTrent Zimmerman | Jonathon Cartledge | Megan Motto | Matt Cross | John Alexander | Jane Prentice | Stephen Hodge | Brent Toderian | John  Kelly | Romily Madew | David Williams | Shahana McKenzie
Suzanne Toumbourou | Megan Motto | Andrew Giles | Brent Toderian | Jonathon Cartledge | Matt Cross | Romily Madew | John Kelly | Glenn DochertyAndrew Giles, Member for Scullin, | Brent Toderian, TODERIAN UrbanWORKSTrent Zimmerman, Member for North SydneyTony Stubbs, Heart Foundation ACT | John Kelly, Heart Foundation
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November 23, 2016

City Deals in the UK

Key Note Speaker: Paul Low, Partner KMPG Advisory

Australian infrastructure planners seeking to lift economic productivity should look to UK City Deals as a model for our cities and regions. Paul Low explained that a long term funding arrangement between 1 to 3 decades must unite funding with agreed economic and social/environmental outcomes. A deal will unite local and higher level governments to prioritise infrastructure in an economic region. This will guarantee agreed funding mechanisms to deliver infrastructure plans.

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City Deals is the innovative strategy for building stronger urban and regional growth via smarter strategic planning, infrastructure investment and local governance. The City Deal model originated in the United Kingdom (UK) with more than 20 City Deals already signed – with more on the way. In 2016 the Commonwealth Government announced the focus of the first three Australian City Deals – but is this kind of model a good bet for Australia?

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Paul Low, KPMG | Andrew Giles, Member for ScullinKen Morrison, Property Council Of AustraliaAndrew Giles, Member for ScullinPaul Low, KPMG
VariousVariousAngus Taylor, Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital TransformationAngus Taylor, Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation
Ken Morrison, Property Council Of Australia | Paul Low, KPMG | Megan Motto, Consult AustraliaMegan Motto, Consult AustraliaAdam Bandt, Member for Melbourne | Ken Morrison, Property Council Of Australia | Paul Low, KPMG | Megan Motto, Consult Australia

November 8, 2016

The changing role of transportation in urban design - The Oregon Story

Key Note Speaker: Ed Sullivan

Ed Sullivan has over 45 years of experience as a lawyer and lecturer in planning laws and as counsel to local government on planning and urban growth. He is a member of the Amicus Curiae Committee of the American Planning Association and is Chair of the Legislative and Policy Advisory Committee of its Oregon Chapter. In addition to teaching graduate and law school levels at Portland State University, Ed is a highly accomplished author published widely in the area of planning laws and urban growth. His work has contributed to the planning and growth of the State of Oregon, and now he wants to spread the message of what was done right in his home state.

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The Oregon Story owes its existence to The Transportation Planning Rule (TPR) OF 1981. The TPR aimed to promote a safe, efficient and convenient transportation system; and the integration of transportation and spatial planning. It also aimed to limit the appeal and dependency on any single mode of transportation and reduction of VMT (Vehicle Miles Travelled). Ed Sullivan also highlighted the future issues such as the changing nature of transportation, funding, and moving away from single occupancy vehicle.

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Trent Zimmerman, Member for North Sydney | Edward Sullivan Adjunct Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University, USAKirsty Kelly, Planning Institute Australia | Ken Maher, President AIA and Chair of ASBEC | Trent Zimmerman, Member for North Sydney | Edward Sullivan Adjunct Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University, USAKen Maher, President AIA and Chair of ASBEC | Adam Bandt, Member for MelbourneAdam Bandt, Member for Melbourne | Stephen Hodge, Cycling Promotion Fund | Edward Sullivan Adjunct Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University, USA |  Trent Zimmerman, Member for North Sydney | Andrew Giles, Member for Scullin
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October 12, 2016 Parliament House in Canberra


Why Our Cities are Important?

The Co-conveners of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Better Cities presented their ideas and vision on why our cities are important.

Ryan Bondar, Consult Australia | Matt Cross, Property Council | Ange Anczewska and Yasha Vojdani, UITP Aus/NZAnthony Albanese, Member for Grayndler | Emma Woods, Australasian Railway Association | Danny Broad, Australasia Rail AssociationTrent Zimmerman, Member for North Sydney | Andrew Giles, Member for Scullin |Paddy Doulman, Office of Pat ConroyShahana McKenzie, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects  | Stephen Hodge, Cycling Promotion Fund | Anthony Albanese, Member for Grayndler
Trent Zimmerman, Member for North Sydney | Michael Apps, Bus Industry Confederation | Janet Rice, Senator for Vic | Glenn Docherty, Mayor, City of PlayfordTrent Zimmerman, Member for North SydneyJanet Rice, Senator for VicVarious
Andrew Giles, Member for ScullinAngus Taylor, Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital TransformationJanet Rice, Senator for Vic| Trent Zimmerman, Member for North Sydney | Andrew Giles, Member for ScullinStephen Hodge, Cycling Promotion Fund | Andrew Giles, Member for Scullin | Angus Taylor, Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation | Shahana McKenzie, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects


May 4, 2016 Parliament House in Canberra

Growing Up and Growing Out

Population growth plays out spatially in very distinct ways. Infrastructure Australia for the first time in its Australian Infrastructure Plan recognised the location of population growth hotspots and linked it with needed investment. Governments are grappling with how we plan for and support this growth. Growing Up and Growing Out explored the dynamics of population growth and demographic change, including a spotlight on the fast growing outer suburbs.

An expert panel discussed the implications of growth and megatrends for planning and investment with Kate Middleton from The Saturday Paper as moderator.

Expert panel includes:
  • Mayor Glenn Docherty, Mayor of Playford in SA and Chair of NGAA
  • Kirsty Kelly, CEO of PIA
  • Professor Jago Dodson, Professor of Urban Policy and Director of the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University
  • Sharon Noyle, Community Spokesperson from Doreen in Victoria.

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The event also saw Brendan Nelson, President of the Planning Institute of Australia, launch their first report of their Journey towards 50 million initiative. The report titled Through the lens: megatrends shaping our future, outlines a range of demographic and disruptive megatreends that will shape the future of Australia. Find out more.

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November, 10 2015 Parliament House in Canberra

Infrastructure for our cities: The challenges ahead

Keynote Speaker: CEO of Infrastructure Australia, Mr Philip Davies

Philip Davies is the newly appointed CEO of Infrastructure Australia. Infrastructure Australia advocates for reforms on key issues including means of financing, delivering and operating infrastructure and how to better plan and utilise infrastructure networks. Philip is an experienced infrastructure executive who has had over 25 years shaping policy, delivering nationally significant infrastructure projects and leading reform within the infrastructure sector.

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Australian cities are growing. The November 2015 Parliamentary Friendship Group for Better Cities key focus was on the infrastructure of our Australian cities and the challenges ahead. Davies keynote address delivered an insight into Infrastructure Australia’s current activities including the release of the Infrastructure Audit. Davies also touched on the development of the 15 Year Australian Infrastructure Plan.

Philip Davies, CEO of Infrastructure Australia


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Megan Motto and Philip DaviesJane Prentice MP, Philip Davie, Andrew Giles MP and Ken MorrisonMick Gentleman and Michael KilgariffMatt Cross, Jane Prentice MP and Philip Davies
Anthony Albanese MP and Ken MorrisonKen MorrissonPhilip DaviesJane Prentice MP, Andrew Giles MP and Senator Janet Rice
Andrew Giles MP, Jane Prentice MP, Senator Janet Rice and Ken MorrissonParliamentary Friendship Group for Better CitiesAdrian Piani, Terri Butler MP, Mr Violante and Shahana McKenzieMegan Motto, Romilly Madew and Kristy Kelly


June 15, 2015, Parliament House in Canberra

Bitumen, buses, bikes and bodies – active transport solutions for better cities
5th National Survey Launch on Australian’s attitudes to active transport

Keynote Speaker:Associate Professor Matthew Burke

Associate Professor Matthew Burke is Deputy Director and an Australian Research Council (ARC)
Discovery Future Fellow at the Urban Research Program at Griffith University. Matthew’s research
explores transport and land use planning and transport policy with particular interests in how the built
environment influences travel behaviour. He has projects exploring commuting and employment location,
children’s school travel and the effects of the Gold Coast’s new light rail scheme. Matthew is keenly
interested in how Australian cities may encourage more use of active and public modes of transport.

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With the ever growing Australian population, the June 2015 Parliamentary Friends Group of Better Cities event focused on how the journeys we take shape us and the importance of increased public transport investment from Federal and State Governments. The benefits of active and public transport is absolutely undeniable and utilising smarter bus routes that are more direct can have an increased effect of patronage, decrease congestion and can also help increase property values.

This event also saw the launch of 5th National Survey on Australian’s attitudes to investment in active travel, which was co-produced by the Cycling Promotion Fund and the National Heart Foundation. Australians are struggling to find the time to participate in physical activities. This lack of physical activity is taking its toll on our health and is increasing our risk of chronic illnesses. Investing and advocating active travel, which involves walking, cycling and utilising public transport, could be one of the first steps in combating this issue. The national survey specifically sought to find out what the level of support within the community is for the Government to invest more in active transport. Read the full report by clicking on the link below.

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Bitumen, buses, bikes and bodies: active transport solutions for better cities


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Associate Professor Matthew Burke - Deputy Director and an Australian Research Council (ARC) presents Australia's capital and major cities more liveable, resilient & productive. Why transport matters, active transport, the way forward for the transport industry and how transport is shaping our lives. Burke, identifies in his address to Senators, Parliamentary Staff and Better Cities friends and guests, the following benefits of investment in active transport: 

  • Increased productivity, reduced absenteeism
  • Better health
  • Reduced congestion
  • Improved road safety
  • Liveable streets
  • Reduced financial costs
  • Increased social capital and active and independent ageing.
Burke claims that a national urban policy is required urgently if we are to keep our cities liveable and sustainable. Burke also breaks down the results of the Survey and tells us what it all really means.

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Launch of the 5th National Survey on Australian's attitudes to active transport.

Download the complete survey by clicking on the link below.

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Steven Hodge representing the Cycling Promotion Fund launches the 5th National Survey on Australian's attitude to active transport. This survey specifically sought to find out what the level of support within the community is for the Government to invest more in active transport. Some of the key statistics to come out of this survey are:
  • 71 per cent of people support more funding for cycling, walking and public transport infrastructure;
  • 62 per cent of people believe Government should fund walking and cycling infrastructure when there is an upgrade or construction of road infrastructure;
  • 44 per cent of people are prevented from cycling due to lack of infrastructure;
  • More than one in two people would cycle or walk to public transport if infrastructure was improved; and
  • More than 60 per cent would walk more if infrastructure was improved.
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Alan Higgins, Geoffrey Rutledge and Deborah WilkinsonProfessor Barbara Norman and Brendan NelsonStephen Hodge and Jane Prentice MP (LP)Michael Apps and Amanda Lynch
Melanie Chisolm and Peter BourkeMichael Apps, Terri Butler MP (ALP) and P. DoulmanStephen HodgeJane Prentice MP (LP)
Associate Professor Matthew BurkeStephen Hodge, Michael Apps, Anthony Albanese MP (ALP),  Andrew Giles MP (ALP), Jane Prentice MP (LP) and Senator Janet Rice (GRN)Andrew Giles MP (ALP)Co Conveners and members of Parliament


November 25, 2014, Parliament House in Canberra

The Land and Housing Challenge- Making our Cities Liveable, Affordable and Efficient – the Federal Government’s Role


Keynote Speaker: Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO 

Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO is an urbanist, businesswoman and philanthropist with longstanding interest in cities, and technological and social innovation. She chairs the Committee for Sydney and is Chairman of Prima BioMed Limited, an ASX- listed biomedical company undertaking clinical development for an immuno-therapeutic cancer treatment. She is a director of Sealink Travel Group Limited. She is currently a board member of the Australian Technology Park, the Redfern Foundation Limited, the Turnbull Foundation and the Grattan Institute.

She was deputy chair of the Council of Australian Government’s (COAG) City Expert Advisory Panel. She was the first female Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney from 2003-4. In 2011 she became an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the community, local government and business. In 2012 she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Business by the University of NSW.


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With a Federal Government inquiry into affordable housing and homelessness due in 2015, this event focussed on how we plan and design our cities to deliver affordable and appropriate housing solutions aligned with local and national objectives.
How we move people in our major cities is a crucial element in lowering their cost of living. This ties into the wider affordability debate in our cities. In the clip below Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO outlines her view on the approach all Governments should take in delivering transport in our major cities.

Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO

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Attendees of the November 2015 EventParliamentary Friends GroupSteven Hodge (CPF) and Anthony AlbaneseSteven Hodge (CPF) & Malcolm Turnbull
Lucy TurnbullDavid Parken (AIA) and Debra Wilkinson (CCCLM) and Anthony Albanese
Janet Rice and Malcolm Turnbull and Stephen HodgeRuth Spielman (NGAA) and Adam BandtLucy Turnbull and Jane PrenticeLucy Turnbull and Charlie Thomas (PCA) and Jonathon Cartledge (ASBEC) and Katie Dean (ASBEC) and Suzanne Moulis (AILA)


August 27, 2014, Parliament House in Canberra

Launch of Parliamentary Friendship Group for Better Cities

Cities WTF? (Why they Function) 

Keynote Speaker: Dorte Ekelund

The Keynote speaker for the launch of the group was Ms. Dorte Ekelund. 
Dorte Ekelund is an urban planner and the Director-General of the Environment and Planning Directorate of the ACT Government. She was formerly the head of the Major Cities Unit, the Australian Government’s think tank on urban policy issues.


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The launch event for the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Better Cities was an opportunity for the co-convenors of the Group to outline their respective views on the role of the Federal Government in Australia's major and regional cities and for the Supporter Members of the Group to make contact with Parliamentarians and key bureaucrats in this space.

Our Keynote Speaker for the event was Dorte Ekelund, who spoke on Cities - WTF!?(Why They Function) and how we can further unlock their productivity, enhance them as great places to visit and live in, and recognise their significant potential to improve environmental outcomes.




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