9th Making Cities Liveable Conference 2016

The 9th Making Cities Liveable Conference will be held at the Pullman Melbourne on the Park from the 27-28 June 2016. The Making Cities Liveable Conference supports improving the quality of life in our capitals and major regional cities, focusing on healthy, sustainable, resilient and liveable cities, with discussions on improving the quality of life in our capitals and major regional cities.

Welcome from the Conference Chair, Paula Drayton

In 2016, our Liveable Cities Conference adopts the theme ‘Generating a mood for change’. This theme speaks to the reason we might be called to gather. In curiosity, to learn, to connect and share our unique perspectives compelled by the moods of wonder and possibility. These are the moods that move us forward.

During the past 9 years, our conference has facilitated dialogues that open delegates to new ways of seeing and being in the world. Ways that inspire us as professionals to move towards imagining, creating and designing cities and places that are healthy, resilient and sustainable.

This year, we will host an exceptional line up of plenary speakers to set the scene for our two-day dialogue. Moving from listening to participation, we have designed the second day of our event to maximise shared discussion and to elevate speakers from concurrent streams to the main stage to share their unique perspectives.

Over the course of our conference, our intention is to generate discussion – lively, fresh discussion, infused with momentum for action beyond the two days.

Whether you’re an influencer, an idea-generator, a connector, a creator, an academic, or a professional passionate about what constitutes ‘liveable’, we’d love to hear from you too.

Welcome to our growing community of change makers.

I look forward to welcoming you in person in June.

Paula-Drayton_1Paula Drayton,
Conference Chair

Director, Resource Advisory

2016 Program Topics

The Conference Program will include an extensive range of topics with Keynotes, Concurrent Sessions, Case Studies, Panel Discussions and Poster Presentations. Topics will include:

  • Community and social development
  • Effective place making
  • Planning for health: programs, food, lifestyle
  • Future technology and smart cities
  • Greenspace: low impact urban design
  • Bringing nature back into cities
  • Growth transforming our cities
  • Working with Governments
  • Access vs. mobility in transport
  • Improving Liveability: challenges and solutions
  • City resources: food security, energy, water and waste
  • Cities for everyone: child and age friendly cities
  • Creative cities
  • Urban renewal
  • Carbon and water positive urban environments

Program Format

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

  • Keynote plenary sessions
  • Presenter concurrent streams based on experiences, research, case studies and results
  • Panel Discussion
  • Welcome Reception
  • Poster presentations
  • Exhibition of the leading industry professionals
  • Access to presenter podcasts and book of proceedings following the conference

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

  • Mrs Sarah Breavington, Group Sustainability Manager, Mirvac
  • Mr Mark Healy, Director, Six Degrees Architecture
  • Mr Jeremy McLeod, Director, Breathe Architecture
  • Mr Ben Peacock, Founder and Partner, Republic of Everyone
  • Dr Sheryn Pitman, Programme Manager Inspiring South Australia, South Australian Museum
  • Professor Susan Thompson, Professor of Planning and Director City Wellbeing, City Futures Research Centre, The University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Mr Martin Udale, Director of  Tamaki Regeneration, Director of Panuku Development Auckland and Chair of Wairaka Land company, New Zealand

Invited Keynote Speakers

  • The Right Hon Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor of Melbourne
  • Dr Chris Hale, Hale Consulting

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.

The Committee would like to thank the 2015 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

What delegates said about the 2015 conference

“I can’t say enough positive things about the variety of presenters and presentations. It was good to hear some research, but it was mixed with so much practical content which is what I love. Not one presenter was boring – some were exceptional”

“Very engaging and fulfilling”

“I have to say that this was one of the best conferences I have been to (and I’ve been to a few). Usually after a couple of days sitting and listening I feel quite “presentationed out” but it was quite the opposite; I felt energised and excited to get back to life and start implementing and sharing. Great to have such a variety of attendees with a common passion – I felt like I found my people!”

 “Great mix of local and state government and private/NGO speakers – a real strength of the program”

“Challenged my ideas, gave me some fantastic new contacts, and ideas to implement when back in the office.”

“Good to have a conference that covered and linked so many professions and knowledge bases.”

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