10th Making Cities Liveable Conference 2017

13 – 14 June 2017, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Brisbane

The 10th Making Cities Liveable Conference will be held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Brisbane on  Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 June 2017. This successful conference grows with importance each year as a platform for innovative discussion on the approach to follow and the actions to undertake in making our cities liveable and healthy urban communities.

Following the commitment by world leaders to adopt the New Urban Agenda and thereby setting a new global standard for sustainable urban development, the 2017 Liveable Cities Conference aims to focus more deeply on key areas addressing how we plan, manage and live in our cities. We are also looking beyond major capital cities to successful liveability in regional centres.

In addition and to acknowledge the release of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals to transform our world and in particular Goal 11 “make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” the two day Liveable Cities Conference will be preceded by the one day Safe Cities Conference taking place on Monday 12 June 2017.

Confirmed Keynotes

  • Amy Child – Senior Transport Planner, ARUP
  • Professor Billie Giles-Corti – Director McCaughey VicHealth Community Wellbeing Unit at University of Melbourne
  • Andrew Heslop – social entrepreneur, commentator, community advocate, founder of Neighbour Day
  • Professor Ralph Horne – Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation, RMIT
  • Marianne Taylor BSc, Heritage Strategist

Invited Speakers

  • Professor Anne Kelso AO – CEO, National Health and Medical Research Council
  • Professor Peter Langridge – School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, University of Adelaide
  • Brent McAlister – Executive Director Sustainable Development, Lismore City Council

Topics to be discussed:

  • The New Urban Agenda
  • Commitment to Health
  • Community Participation and Social Development
  • The Liveable Neighbourhood
  • Responsible Resource Management
  • Bringing Nature Back
  • Showcasing Regional Liveable Cities and Centres
  • Heritage Infrastructure and Liveable Cities

Abstract Submission OPEN

CLOSES: 27 Feb 2017

Presenters or organisations are invited to submit an Abstract of no more than 300 words. Presenters are encouraged to submit papers that in particular demonstrate evidence of change – highlighting an understanding of the issues, framing the action and interpreting the change.


Who Should Attend

  • Policy Makers
  • Urban Designers
  • Politicians
  • Senior Public Servants
  • City Governance Personnel
  • Public Health Administrators
  • Academics
  • Waste Management Professionals
  • National Resources Administrators
  • Planning Professionals
  • Environmental Groups
  • Engineers
  • Sustainability Practitioners
  • Business Development Managers
  • Transformation Leaders
  • Environmental Managers
  • Consultants
  • Social Planners
  • Town Planners
  • Mayors
  • Non-Government Agencies
  • Students
  • Coastal Resource Managers
  • Place Makers

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

The Making Cities Liveable Conference is an initiative of the Association for Sustainability in Business Inc, a ‘not-for-profit’ organisation.

Conference Advisory Committee

  • Dr Bhishna Bajracharya, Associate Professor, Urban Planning, Bond University
  • Dr Iain Butterworth, Manager Population Health and Planning, East Division, Department of Health & Human Services, State Government of Victoria
  • Dean Griggs, Manager Social Investment, Municipal Recovery Manager, City Communities, Melbourne
  • Suzette Jackson, Director, Innate Ecology
  • Associate Professor Caroline Miller, Massey University, New Zealand
  • Dr Lennert Veerman, Senior Lecturer and Program Director, Masters Public Health, School of Population Health, University of Queensland
  • Kerryn Wilmot, Architect, Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney

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