11th Liveable Cities Conference 2018

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The 2018 Liveable Cities Conference was held from Monday 16th – Tuesday 17th July at Pullman Melbourne on the Park.

Over two days, professionals from varied disciplines in sustainability, planning and development including government agencies, waste management professionals, academics, planning professionals and engineers gathered to discuss the challenges, solutions and developments taking place in our cities.

Continuing to explore the liveability of our metropolitan and regional urban centres, this year’s conference placed emphasis on who is leading innovative renewal strategies, the importance of collaboration and co-design and what aspects are important to sustainable economic, social and environmental successes.

With a warm conference welcome by the City of Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Sally Capp, two full days of inspiring presentations and a successful debut fish-bowl discussion, this year’s conference was a successful celebration of creating healthy and sustainable cities for current and future living.

A huge thank you to our keynotes, presenters, exhibitors and sponsors for making the 2018 Liveable Cities Conference a great success.

Conference Information

Confirmed Keynotes

Lord Mayor Sally Anne Capp, City of Melbourne (Opening Address)
Professor Paul Burton, Director, Cities Research Institute, Griffith University
Mr Michael Nolan, Chair, United Nations Global Compact – Cities Programme
Mr Greg Ryan, Sustainability Manager, LandCorp
Professor Billie Giles-Corti, ECP Director, Urban Futures, RMIT University
Associate Professor Rebecca Wickes, Director, Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre, Monash University
Dr Ben Rossiter, Executive Officer, Victoria Walks
Ms Stephanie Ziersch, Director, Community & Climate Change, Sustainability Victoria
Mr Toby Kent, Chief Resilience Officer, Resilient Melbourne

Program 2018

Learning Outcomes

The 11th Liveable Cities Conference is a “must attend” event to collaborate, learn and network with other industry champions on the elements of liveability. Attendance at the two day conference will provide you with professional development points. Presentations will be available post conference on the conference resource centre for you to review over the coming year.

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

NESP's Business Leaders Breakfast

17 July - 7:00am - 8:30am

Conference Topics

  • Greening the City
  • Redesigning the City
  • Renewing the Regions
  • Person centred liveability
  • Health and well-being
  • Implementing strategies

Program Committee

  • Mr Philip Follent, Director, Follent (Conference Co-Chair)
  • Suzette Jackson, Executive Officer, Bioregional Australia Foundation (Conference Co-Chair)
  • Dr Iain Butterworth, Manager Population Health and Planning, East Division, Department of Health & Human Services, State Government of Victoria
  • Dr Bhishna Bajracharya, Associate Professor, Urban Planning, Bond University
  • Associate Professor Caroline Miller, Massey University, New Zealand
  • Kerryn Wilmot, Architect, Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney

Venue & Accommodation

Pullman Melbourne on the Park stands on the threshold of Melbourne’s business, dining, sports and cultural precincts. This 419-room landmark hotel, built on the site of the 1887 Cliveden Mansion alongside Fitzroy Gardens, adds a dash of history to its thoroughly contemporary style.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When do abstract submissions close?
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Abstract submissions closed on 16 April 2018, so keep an eye out for opportunities in 2019!

Conference Hashtag
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#Liveable2018

Conference Venue

Address: 192 Wellington Parade, Melbourne VIC 3002

2018 Featured Speakers

Paul Burton

Professor Paul Burton, Director, Cities Research Institute, Griffith University Paul Burton is Professor of

Gordon Noble

Mr Gordon Noble, Global Advisor, UN Global Compact Cities Programme As the previous Director

Greg Ryan

Mr Greg Ryan, Sustainability Manager, LandCorp As Sustainability Manager, Greg’s expertise ensures our development

Professor Billie Giles-Corti

Professor Billie Giles-Corti, ECP Director, Urban Futures, RMIT University Professor Billie Giles-Corti is a

Associate Professor Rebecca Wickes

Associate Professor Rebecca Wickes, Program leader for the Population, Migration and Social Inclusion Program,

Toby Kent

Mr Toby Kent, Chief Resilience Officer, Resilient Melbourne Toby Kent has created and implemented

Dr Ben Rossiter

Dr Ben Rossiter, Executive Officer, Victoria Walks Ben Rossiter is the founding Executive Officer

Ms Stephanie Ziersch

Ms Stephanie Ziersch, Director, Community & Climate Change, Sustainability Victoria Stephanie has over 20

2017 - 2018 Conference Partners