Australian Cities Unite On Sustainability Campaign

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6th November 2009, 08:00pm - Views: 662

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Media Release



Australia’s major cities unite to create better cities


Australia’s capital cities have joined with major regional cities Newcastle, Geelong

and the Gold Coast to form a Major City Working Group that will dedicate itself to

ensure a sustainable future for Australia’s cities.

At a meeting of the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors (CCCLM) in Sydney today,

the Lord Mayors unanimously agreed to form an alliance and working group to

ensure that the Prime Minister’s call for the future of Australia’s cities to

accommodate significant population growth is managed effectively. 

The Lord Mayors and Mayors of Australia’s major cities moved to form the group to

forge stronger links with the Commonwealth Government and to work closely with

the Prime Minister to develop productive, affordable, liveable and sustainable cities.

Newcastle Lord Mayor John Tate was elected Chair of the Group, and Darwin Lord

Mayor Graeme Sawyer was elected a Co-Chair.

“It is important that the policy and planning for our major cities is grounded in the

knowledge and experience of the city councils and State and Territory

Governments,” Mr Tate said.

“This initiative will not only put the major capitals at the forefront of the planning

agenda but also the major regions which collectively represent a significant part of

Australia’s population, urban infrastructure and environment.

“This is a landmark occasion and is a new approach that will best prepare our nation

for the anticipated population growth announced by the Prime Minister last week. It

will enable us to capture opportunities and meet future challenges.

“On behalf of the working group of Lord Mayors and Mayors, we welcome the

opportunity to work with the Rudd Government to achieve our common objectives,”

he said. 

Graeme Sawyer said the group would start the right conversations with the Federal


“Infrastructure funding will not flow unless we have communication between levels of

government,” Mr Sawyer said.

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“Major cities are engaged on a daily basis in balancing the economic and social

needs of their city. City councils have the experience in maximising urban activity

while designing for the density required to accommodate the forecasted population


“As Lord Mayors and Mayors of major cities, we know how to engage the community

and key stakeholders in both understanding and planning for the changes that are

required to ensure the future sustainability of our cities.”

Media contact: Graham Cassidy, Cato Counsel, 0419 202317, or Deborah Wilkinson,

CCCLM, 6285 1672

Working Group Members:

Chair John Tate, Lord Mayor of Newcastle

Deputy Chair Graeme Sawyer, Lord Mayor of Darwin

Michael Harbison, Lord Mayor of Adelaide

Campbell Newman, Lord Mayor of Brisbane

John Mitchell, Mayor of Geelong

Ron Clark, Mayor of Gold Coast

Rob Valentine, Lord Mayor of Hobart

Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor of Melbourne

Lisa Scaffidi, Lord Mayor of Perth

Clover Moore MP, Lord Mayor of Sydney



64 per cent of the total population


63 per cent of small, medium and large businesses


78 per cent of economic growth (2001-06)


70 per cent of Gross Domestic Product


66 per cent of total jobs


70 per cent of total international visits (6 million plus visitors a year)


$1trillion in managed funds (the fourth largest in the world)


$3 billion a year investment by capital city councils


Administration by capital city councils of more than 25 billion in assets

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