2020 and Beyond - Leadership in healthy and connected global communities and regions

The 2019 Liveable Cities Conference was held at Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide SA on Monday 12 – Tuesday 13 August.

The 2019 Liveable Cities Conference theme was 2020 and Beyond –Leadership in healthy and connected global communities and regions and explored the progress and implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, leadership from all sectors that contribute to vibrant, inclusive and well appointed cities and towns.

This annual conference provided a two day educational program that facilitated conversations on the liveability indicators, managing and guiding change, happiness, health and wellbeing, strategies for the plan and design of people within regional and urban communities and the benefits of effective leadership.

Celebrating 12 years, the Liveable Cities Conference was comprised of interactive sessions, opportunities to network and collaboration with like minded professionals from a range of interdisciplinary areas.

Participation from liveability practitioners, academics, government, councils, corporates, health and wellbeing professionals all contributed towards a shared appreciation and learning of the successes and challenges of creating and maintaining healthy and connected communities.

Conference Topics

Submissions close: Friday 26 April 2019

Future Change
Happiness, Health and Wellbeing
Strategies, Planning and Design for People
An Evolution and Journey – Leadership Indicators for measuring the Transition

Featured Speakers


  • Mr Stephen Yarwood, Urban Futurist, City2050
  • Cr Margaret O’Rourke, Mayor, City of Greater Bendigo
  • Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor, City of Adelaide (Opening Address)
  • Mr Brendan Condon, Director, Australian Ecosystems Pty Ltd
  • Dr Rāwiri Tinirau, Trust Deputy Chair, Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui
  • Ms Suzanne Thompson, Co-chair, Australian Native Food & Botanicals
  • Dr Tim Williams, Australasia Cities Leader, Arup

Important Dates

Abstracts close – 29 April 2019
Notification to authors – 10 May 2019
Author acceptances – 17 May 2019
Draft program available – 21 May 2019
Presentation amendments – 21 June 2019
Presenter registration and payment – 21 June 2019
Full papers for peer review – 28 June 2019
Full paper for non-peer review – 2 August 2019
Early bird registrations close – 28 June 2019

Program Advisory Committee

Program Advisory Committee

  • Ms Suzette Jackson, Executive Officer, Bioregional Australia Foundation (Conference Co-Chair)
  • Mr Chris Bracher, Director, My Neighbourhood
  • Professor Marcus Foth, Professor of Urban Informatics, Queensland University of Technology
  • Dr Caroline Miller, Associate Professor in the Planning Programme, School of People, Environment and Planning, Massey University, Palmerston North
  • Ms Kerryn Wilmot, Architect, Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney

Program Sub-Committee

  • Ms Leanne Muffatt, Managing Director, Strategic Matters (Co-Chair)
  • Ms Clare Mockler, Director – Community, City of Adelaide
  • Ms Maria Zotti, Manager Sustainability, City of Adelaide
  • Ms Marnie Hope, Manager Carbon Neutral Adelaide, City of Adelaide
  • Mr Tim Boundy, CEO, Renew Adelaide
  • Mr Richard Brecknock, Director, Brecknock Consulting
  • Mr Phil Donaldson, Director, Sustain SA

Learning Outcomes

Following are the learning outcomes snapshot:

1. Understand the importance of community relations, involvement, engagement and collaboration
2. Gauge the challenges and opportunities of public open space
3. Discover planning and building updates
4. Identify the effectiveness of ‘good’ design for economic, social and environment development
5. Discover local, state and federal projects and strategies for liveable cities and regional areas
6. Review the complex issues associated with redesigning and maintaining liveability
7. Review Liveability Indices
8. Identify current initiatives for safer cities
9. Describe what the future of liveability means
10. Determine opportunities for involving young people in liveability design and development

Registration Inclusions

  • Registration Inclusions
    • 2-Day Conference Program via the conference app
    • Opportunity to attend pre-conference tours
    • 6 Keynote Presentations
    • Over 50 concurrent presentations
    • Conference Exhibition
    • Catering Package (morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea)
    • Exclusive Networking Function
    • Book of Abstracts (online)
  • Presenter Podcast of Each Conference Presentation
  • PowerPoint Slides of Each Conference Presentation
  • Conference App
  • CPD Points
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Special Accommodation Rates
  • Exposure for your Company

12th Liveable Cities Conference - 2019

Must attend event to collaborate, learn and network with other industry champions on the elements of liveability