Liveable Cities Conference

Monday 22- Tuesday 23 June 2020, Perth, Western Australia

What is the Liveable Cities Conference?

The Liveable Cities Conference is an annual event connecting the people creating healthier places, spaces and communities around the globe.

This two-day conference is designed to provide all attendees with existing and future challenges, solutions and tools to make cities more liveable. That’s why we’ve sourced a range of national and international experts, taking the stage to share knowledge, case-studies, projects and opportunities for greater city growth, development and culture.

To further your learning experience, the Liveable Cities Conference also features a range of hands-on workshops, networking events and table top sessions, equipping you with the practical takeaways to advance your city.

Our Vision

To create healthy, sustainable cities
and greater global communities

Our Mission

To improve city liveability by achieving the set goals defined in our conference strategy.

Our Conference Strategy

How we're influencing change for more liveable, prosperous cities and closer community ties:

Creating a solutions-focused and application based learning experience that is both engaging and relevant to 200+ multi-sectoral leaders.

Having a purpose to each presentation in our program, with applicable takeaways all attendees can use.

Developing an interactive and engaging conference format with highly relevant topics to address challenges in cities around the world.

Facilitating meaningful structured and unstructured networking opportunities that encourage positive action.

Featuring an engaging and interactive exhibition display that provides additional value to all conference attendees.

2020 Program Themes

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Transitioning to Renewable Energy

Despite having world class solar and wind resources, only 15% of Australia’s power comes from renewable energy sources like solar, wind and hydro. Solutions such as micro-grid technology offers our cities the opportunity to boost renewable energy using smart systems. With more and more cities putting measures in place for a clean and sustainable future, the need for research, development and smart investment is essential. Join the discussion on the transition to renewable energy, and discover how cities can continue regulating sustainable policies and practices in order to limit carbon emissions, cut fossil fuels and minimise air pollution.

Circular Economy

As a city continues to grow, so too does the demand (and need) for the development and management of resources with minimal waste output. Also known as a circular economy, this means to maximise sustainability is transforming how our cities approach waste and pollution. Greater consideration for conserving our natural resources has lead to many businesses opting to go green, with commercial and industrial waste management at the forefront of business practices around the globe. To create a more sustainable space to live, work and socialise, a circular economy needs to factor in emerging opportunities to transform current processes and systems. Discover what factors need to be considered in creating a circular economy, what models have been developed and how you can implement practices in your own city.


The day to day management of a city requires a complex combination of political, managerial and administrative processes. Progressive city leadership is what's needed for local government to effectively and adequately respond to the needs of it's citizens. In order to create a cohesive community, citizens need the opportunity to have their say on local government projects, including allocated spending. Greater multisectorial collaboration at a local, state and federal level will equip cities with more opportunities to see increased support and funding. Discover how other leaders are governing their cities and how you can influence policies and practices while facilitating deals and partnerships to improve opportunities to grow your city.

Transport and Mobility

Good transport and mobility has the power to connect cities, with direct benefits to businesses, people, the environment and overall community wellbeing. Light rail, ride-sharing and bicycle hire has radically transformed the way in which we commute and connect, with greater walkability proven to increase local community ties while improving health and wellbeing. Changes to freight and logistics are continuing to shape the way in which business is conducted, with more options than ever for streamlining the supply chain and improving economic growth. Join the discussion on how we are currently utilising transport and mobility in our cities, infrastructure's impact on rapid population growth, impacts of congested transport systems and the future of city mobility.

Affordability, Liveability and Employment

City dwellers are drawn to urban areas for the fast-paced, ever-changing environment - but why do some cities flourish more than others? Automation and increasing globalisation has impacted on job security for many residents, with training and upskilling now a necessity to future-proof employability. Affordability continues to be an ongoing issue at all stages of housing and land, from private rentals through to property ownership. To help close the gap, we are seeing an increase in government assistance to improve equal access to affordable housing. In order to provide a high quality of life for all residents, cities need to find balance between providing an affordable cost of living while dealing with the challenges of rapid population growth.

Technology and Growth

With the pace of our digital world showing no sign of slowing down, our cities are becoming bigger, smarter and faster. As we become more reliant upon technology to do everything from start our cars to store our most private information, the greater need there is to discuss the challenges and opportunities it presents. Automation, innovation and the ever-expanding Internet of Things has greatly increased our potential to expand and improve our economic standing. In turn, we also need to consider the risks associated with these opportunities, including data management, security and disruption.

Community Engagement and Culture

When you think of a certain city, what really defines it? Community and culture play a significant role in city's image and create a unique community persona. Creative arts, sports and spiritual events create a melting pot of diversity, enabling residents to showcase community pride, inclusion, heritage and history. Greater focus on our Indigenous culture allows for us to not only acknowledge the roots of our land, but to celebrate the many cultures, identities and practices that define our cities. To increase community involvement, cities must incorporate a range of opportunities for different cultures to connect and collaborate. This includes an effective and meaningful process of involving the community on issues that have a significant impact on the future of the city and local neighbourhoods.

Open Topics

If you feel your presentation doesn't quite 'fit' any specific theme, consider submitting it in open topics.

Conference Program Committee

Mr John Hawke, Smart Cities Project Manager ICT, City of Perth
Ms Kerryn Wilmot, Architect, Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney
Ms Leanne Muffet, Managing Director, Strategic Matters
Mr Rod Marler, Principal
Warren + Mahoney Architects
Dr Andrew Cornejo, Chief Technical Officer, Hazer Group, Perth
Ms Suzette Jackson, Director, Innate Ecology
Mr Chris Bracher, Director, My Neighbourhood
Associate Professor Caroline Miller, School of People, Environment and Planning, Massey University