10th Making Cities Liveable Conference 2017

10 – 11 July 2017, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Brisbane

The 10th Making Cities Liveable Conference is a platform for government, academic and industry professionals to discuss public health, sustainability, natural resource management, transport, climate change, urban design, bio security and more.

The conference will be held at Hotel Grand Chancellor in Brisbane on Monday 10th – Tuesday 11th July 2017. The 10th Making Cities Liveable Conference will be followed by the Safe Cities Conference on Wednesday 12th July 2017 in acknowledgement of the release of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals “make cities inclusive, safe and resilient”.

Joint discounted registrations are available.

The conference will be celebrating its’ 10th anniversary.  Over the ten years there has been over 3000 delegates attend, engaging with 450 presenters to examine the challenges and opportunities in building liveable and healthy cities.  Our online podcast library now contains 250 presentations and can be accessed by delegates for research purposes.

This years’ theme “Collaborate, Innovate, Mitigate and Connect” will examine some evolving topics including;

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

The conference will revisit some perennials to see how far the sector has evolved in the past decade:

  • Food Security, Buying Local, Urban Agriculture
  • Urban Renewal – Green Buildings
  • Education, Motivation and Incentives for Behaviour Change
  • Government and Business Leadership
  • Regional Cities – Interconnectivity, Technology, Heritage
  • Political Cycles
  • Working with Climate Change, Energy Consumption, Generation and other challenges

This National Conference will examine public policy and social/community outcomes and consider what actions have been taken to positively influence the ongoing debate.

There will be 12 Featured Speakers along with 60 expert presentations including concurrent sessions, case studies, study tours and posters.


“This is a fantastic opportunity for professionals in the public, private and academic sectors. Everyone from social planners, urban designers to waste management professionals and environmental groups will benefit from attending this event.

The Conference will feature a variety of presentations and workshops that will trigger plenty of new ideas and solutions for the future development of our Liveable Cities.

I look forward to seeing the innovations and strategies that come out of this National Conference.”

Dr Iain Butterworth
Manager Population Health and Planning, East Division
Department of Health & Human Services, State Government of Victoria

Confirmed Keynotes

  • Laurie Buys, PhD, Professor, School of Design, Theme Leader, Infrastructure for Sustainable Communities, Queensland University of Technology
  • Amy Child, Senior Transport Planner, ARUP
  • Peter Ellyard, Futurist
  • Andrew Heslop, Social entrepreneur, commentator, community advocate, founder of Neighbour Day
  • Dr Melanie Lowe, Healthy Liveable Cities Research Group, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT
  • Brent McAlister, Executive Director Sustainable Development, Lismore City Council
  • Peter Smith, Principal, Place Governance Partners
  • Marianne Taylor, Heritage Consultant and Historian

Invited Keynotes

  • Bevan Lynch, Chairman of the Board, Urban Futures Brisabane
  • Heather Yeatman, Professor, Head of School of Health Society, University of Woollongong

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: 24 March 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 Iain Butterworth, Manager Population Health and Planning, East Division, Department of Health & Human Services, State Government of Victoria (Conference Chair)
  • Dr Bhishna Bajracharya, Associate Professor, Urban Planning, Bond University
  • Dean Griggs, Manager Social Investment, Municipal Recovery Manager, City Communities, Melbourne
  • Suzette Jackson, Director, Innate Ecology
  • Associate Professor Caroline Miller, Massey University, New Zealand
  • Kerryn Wilmot, Architect, Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney

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