8th Making Cities Liveable Conference 2015

Liveable Cities for the Futures

The 8th Making Cities Liveable Conference will be held from the 6 – 7 July 2015.  With Melbourne being named the world’s most liveable city for the fourth year in a row, it is only fitting that the 2015 conference is being held at Pullman Melbourne on the Park.

2015 will be our 8th Annual Conference, continuing our support for improving the quality of life in our capitals and major regional cities. You are invited to join us as we continue our focus on healthy, sustainable, resilient cities as we address the conference theme, Liveable Cities for the Future.

Australians enjoy some of the most liveable cities in the world.  However the future and liveability of our cities face a number of challenges in the next 10 years.  Delegates and speakers are invited to come together as we address these issues of increase populations demands, affordable and adequate housing, transport and mobility, job disbursement, resource management, public health and planning for an ageing population.

With three-quarters of Australians living in 18 major cities, the way cities are developed is vitally important to accommodate future growth and change. The conference will examine the challenges, opportunities, trends and issues currently facing cities and future development.

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

Topics will include:

  • Planning for liveable, active and healthy cities
  • Public health and planning collaboration: health strategies and wellbeing outcomes
  • Creating aged friendly communities
  • Impact of density and growing populations
  • Public space and sharing space
  • Smart cities: age of analytics and technology
  • Key to sustainable transport
  • City and regional pressures: food, energy and water
  • Regional cities: the future plans for smaller centres
  • International cities and sister cities: what we can learn – what are the outcomes
  • Sustainable frameworks: communities, facilities, cities
  • Universal design: urban housing that works for everybody
  • New urbanism: emerging approaches to design and planning
  • Future of work: co-working labs and dispersing jobs
  • Working with councils: legislation and policies
  • Urban agriculture
  • Creative cities - knowledge cities
  • Building tolerance and resilience
  • Leadership in sustainability

Welcome from the Conference Chair

Paula DraytonIn 2015 we will return to Australia’s most ‘livable’ city, Melbourne, to share knowledge, insights and best practice in pursuit of healthy, resilient and sustainable cities. 

Our decision to bring together the key themes of Healthy, Sustainable and Resilient reflects the rich interrelatedness of these domains. 

This conference, now in its 8th year, has evolved as a unique space for practitioners and stakeholders to share and reflect.  We will re-introduce panel discussions in 2015, to allow for emergent conversation and a greater emphasis on dialogue. 

Opportunities are available if wish to attend, present a concurrent sessions, share case studies, run workshops or present a poster. 

So, whether you are a familiar face or a newcomer, we would love to hear your unique perspective, have you join our growing community and add your view into our pool of collective wisdom.   

I look forward to welcoming you in person in July. 

Paula Drayton, Conference Chair
Director, Resource Advisory Pty Ltd, QLD

Making Cities Liveable Conference 2014

The Conference is an initiative of the Association for Sustainability in Business Inc, a 'not-for-profit' organisation.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

  • The Right Honourable Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, City of Melbourne
  • Mr Jonathan Daly, Founding Partner, Human Understanding of Social Spaces (HUSS)
  • Lucinda Hartley, Co-Founder and CEO, CoDesign Studio
  • Prof Paul James, Director, United Nations Global Compact, Cities Programme
  • Mr Kevin Luten, Founder, CEO, Behaviour Design Works
  • Yvonne Lynch, Team Leader Urban Forest & Ecology, City of Melbourne
  • Dr Alex Macmillan, Senior Lecturer, Environmental Health, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Prof Gavin Turrell, Principal Research Fellow, School of Public Health, QUT
  • Dr Tim Williams, Chief Executive Officer, The Committee of Sydney


Safe Cities Conference 2015
A new development is the launch of the Safe Cities Conference 2015, held in conjunction with the 8th Making Cities Liveable Conference on Wednesday 8 July 2015 at Hilton on the Park, Melbourne. Safe Cities Conference is a one day conference about creating cities that are safe places to live, work, play, visit and study. The conference brings together leading practitioners to discuss the challenges of designing and planning safer communities, crime prevention, industry and community consultation

We are delighted to come together to give the industry the most significant event on the 2015 calendar. The joint conferences will offer delegates an extensive range of topics with over 100 presentations across three days including Keynotes, Concurrent Sessions, Case Studies and Posters.

Special discounted rates are being offered to those who attend both conferences.

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

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
In 2014 we welcomed representatives from every Australian State and Territory along with New Zealand. These included:

  • Local Government
  • City Governance Personnel
  • Urban Designer
  • Sustainability Practitioner
  • Architect
  • Academic
  • Policy Makers
  • Environmental Managers/ Groups
  • Community Engagement
  • Engineer
  • Landscape Architect
  • Non-Government Agencies
  • Place Makers
  • Social Planners
  • Waste Management Professionals
  • National Resources Administrators
  • Planning Professionals
  • Public Health Administrators
  • Coastal Resource Managers
  • Engineers
  • Consultants
  • Students

Program Committee

Paula Drayton, Conference Chair, Director, Resource Advisory Pty Ltd, QLD

Dr Bhishna Bajracharya, Associate Professor of Urban Planning, Bond University , QLD

Suzette Jackson, Director, Innate Ecology, VIC

Associate Professor Caroline Miller, Associate Professor, Massey University, NZ

Kirsten Potoczky, Strategic Planner, City of West Torrens.  Social Planner, Port Adelaide, SA

Dr Lennert Veerman, Senior Lecturer and Program Director for the Masters Public Health, School of Population Health of the University of Queensland

Peter Sugg, CEO, Association for Sustainability in Business Inc, QLD

Kerryn Wilmot, Architect, Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney, NSW

What delegates said about the 2014 Conference:

"Best conference I've been to in a while"

"The conference provided an opportunity for me to pause, reflect, plan and celebrate. I came away refreshed"

"It was very educational, inspiring and informative. There was also great access to the presenters and some amazing people in the industries affecting liveable cities."

"The organisers chose an excellent, expert group of speakers.  The keynotes were informative and provocative and the presentations useful and applicable to a range of contexts."

"Good range of presentation topics covering many aspects of city development that were relevant for a broad cross-section from public and private sectors, and city and regional areas. "

"Exceeded my expectations. Fantastic."

"Such a great networking, learning, and information exchange opportunity."

What happened in 2014?
The 7th Making Cities Liveable Conference was held at Mantra on Salt Beach, Kingscliff on the NSW and QLD border from the 9 – 11 July 2014. The Conference themed “Healthy – Sustainable – Resilient – Cities” was a great success with the program including 9 keynote presenters, 60 session presenters, 4 optional workshops, 2 study tours and 18 poster presentation over the three days.

The Association for Sustainability in Business Inc would like to thank all of those who participated in this year’s conference; the speakers who provided very beneficial, powerful and thought-provoking presentations, the dedicated efforts of our sponsors and supporters, our Conference Chair Paula Drayton and committee members.  Without the huge efforts of those involved this event would certainly not be possible.

The Program Committee would like to thank our 2014 keynote speakers:

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

Sponsors and Exhibitors 2015

Axis Communications

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Sydney Water

Welcome Reception Sponsor

City of Melbourne Cities Today id PTA EJ
CSIRO Publishing QUT Co    


The conference committee would like to thank our previous sponsors, exhibitors & supporters

Brad Walker
Resource Advisory Sydney Water
Creative Communities
Archinect Cities Today
Behaviour Design Works
7 Senses
aurecon Surpass dept of climate change ecotv
city of port phillip Up and Up AusIndustry
Fifth Estate