7th Making Cities Liveable Conference 2014

Healthy – Sustainable – Resilient – Cities

The 7th Making Cities Liveable Conference will examine the challenges, opportunities, trends and issues currently facing sector professionals. Delegates and presenters will examine how to plan for Healthy Cities, Sustainable Cities and Resilient Cities.

Join us at Mantra on Salt Beach, Kingscliff on the NSW and QLD border on the 10th – 11th July 2014.  Pre-conference workshops and study tours will held on Wednesday the 9th July.

The conference will be a platform for government, academic  and private sector practitioners.  It will consider the “liveability” of our cities and towns in the future and the changes required to public policy to build the communities of tomorrow.

Presentations will facilitate discussion on the challenges and opportunities facing Australia.  How will these suggested outcomes affect the way we live and work?

The built environment influences how people relate to each other, the opportunity for community to form, and the depth of our social networks. It regulates how much incidental exercise is possible through walking and biking. Buildings and streets contribute to reducing crime when buildings support eyes on the street, and shops and services put a functioning community in control of the public realm. Click here to view the Value of Rankings and the Meaning of Livability.

In 2013 the Sustainable Transformation Conference joined the Making Cities Liveable Conference. This year we are delighted to continue this era of collaboration, information sharing and professional networking, with National, State and Regional delegates.

The conference program will include an extensive range of topics with Keynotes, Concurrent Sessions, Case Studies, Workshops and Posters.  Topics will include:

  • Planning liveable cities and vibrant communities
  • Managing population growth and an ageing population
  • Transport and logistics: public transport – road systems – cycling – walking
  • Resilient cities: future proofing our cities
  • Legislation and policies: what changes can we expect
  • Health promoting cities: ageing – children – safety – mental health
  • Sustainable cities: economic growth – policy to program
  • Impact of new technology: how will it continue to drive change 
  • Regional and rural towns: the interconnectivity between city and the bush
  • Future of work: dispersing jobs and the urban impacts
  • Food security – recycling – waste management
  • Managing natural resources  and renewable energy
  • Climate change: responses and outcomes

Welcome from Paula Drayton

Paula DraytonAs Conference Chair, I would like to invite you to the 7th Making Cities Liveable Conference, hosted in Kingscliff.

This conference builds on our 2013 event, where we successfully brought together compatible conference themes – Healthy, Sustainable and Resilient.

At the plenary session in 2013, it was apparent that the combined domains could be easily linked, shared and used as insight 'building blocks' as delegates explored healthy and sustainable living.

2014 presents another opportunity for the growing Liveable Cities community to engage in rich, open dialogue, to enable new connections and sharing.

I invite you and your colleagues to share 2 days with like-minded, passionate, inquiring minds, as you deeply explore the challenges and opportunities facing Australia, as a nation, and as part of a global village. If you wish to engage in healthy debate and "possibility-making", make this your conference of choice.

Opportunities are available if wish to present a keynote address, attend or present at concurrent sessions, share case studies, run workshops or present a poster. My personal touch is a promise to engage you in dialogue – even at the plenary sessions.

So, whether you are a familiar face of our growing tribe, or a newcomer, come along and experience the personalities and contemporary thinking that uniquely define this conference. I look forward to welcoming you in person in July.

     Conference Chair

Liveable Cities Program Highlights

The program is intended to provide all participants with an opportunity to contribute and learn. The program will include:

  • Keynote presentations by renowned speakers
  • Concurrent sessions, workshops and panel sessions
  • Networking Function
  • Trade Exhibition of the leading industry professionals
  • Poster Presentations
  • Access to presenter podcasts and book of proceedings following the conference

What delegates thought about the Liveable Cities 2013 Conference

“Nice mix of academic and practitioner works.  So good to hear the success story of others, especially those at the coal face of implementing community based sustainability measures.”

“I found this conference very informative and a great way to get perspective and contemporary thought on community resilience.”

“Each session gave stimulus for further thought and research.”

“Very good presentations on healthy cities and excellent networking opportunities”

Committee 2014

  • Paula Drayton, Conference Chair, Director, Resource Advisory Pty Ltd, QLD
  • Kirsten Potoczky, Community Engagement Officer, City of West Torrens, SA
  • Bhishna Bajracharya, Associate Professor of Urban Planning, Bond University , QLD
  • Kerryn Wilmot, Architect, Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney, NSW
  • Associate Professor Caroline Miller, Associate Professor, Massey University, NZ
  • Suzette Jackson, Director, Innate Ecology
  • Peter Sugg, CEO, Association for Sustainability in Business Inc


Confirmed Keynotes

  • Mr Tim Bennett, Managing Director, Managed Growth Group
  • Mr Steven Burgess, Principal, MRCagney Pty Ltd
  • Adj. Prof Penelope Coombes, Managing Director, People for Places and Spaces
  • Mr Paul Edwards, Group General Manager, Sustainability, Mirvac
  • Professor Marcus Foth, Founder and Director, Urban Informatics Research Lab.
    Professorial Fellow, School of Design, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology
  • Ms Claire Johnston, Project Director, Lend Lease
  • Mr Greg Mackie, CEO, Place Leaders Asia Pacific
  • Ms Ruth Spielman, Executive Officer, National Growth Areas Alliance
  • Ms Kerryn Wilmot, Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS

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Why You Should Attend

  • Be exposed to new and innovating ideas and ways of thinking
  • Network with your peers and leaders in their fields
  • Be inspired
    • by an optimistic, action orientated group of people
    • by profound and positive speakers
  • Learn key skills needed for ensuring the future
  • Learn how to make a positive difference

Who Attends the Liveable Cities Conference

Policy Makers, Politicians, Senior Public Servants, City Governance Personnel, Public Health Administrators, Academics, Waste Management Professionals, National Resources Administrators, Planning Professionals, Environmental Groups, Engineers, Urban Designers, Consultants, Social Planners, Disaster Management Groups, Elected Representatives, Mayors, Non-Government Agencies, Community and Industry Groups, Students, Coastal Resource Managers, Place Makers, Sustainability Practitioners, Architects

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Sponsors Exhibitors & Supporters 2014

Brad Walker
Resource Advisory Sydney Water
Creative Communities
Archinect Cities Today
Behaviour Design Works
7 Senses

The Conference Committee would like to thank our Sponsors & Exhibitors 2013

aurecon Surpass dept of climate change ecotv
city of port phillip Up and Up AusIndustry
Fifth Estate