The 2018 Liveable Cities Conference is being held over 16 – 17 July at the Pullman Melbourne on the Park.
Now in its 11th year, this Conference will continue to explore the liveability of our metropolitan and regional urban centres.
Greg Ryan, Sustainability Manager at LandCorp joins us at the conference to discuss ‘From Liveable to Loveable Communities’.
Liveability can be said to be the sum of factors that contribute towards a communities quality of life – including the built and natural environments , economic prosperity , social stability and equity, educational opportunity , and cultural , entertainment and recreation possibilities.
Australian Cities are ranked amongst the most liveable in the World, yet we cannot afford complacency, as population growth increases the climate seemingly becoming more erratic, pressures are brought to bear on both infrastructure and the environment. How are our city planning frameworks coping with growth and how can we ensure that our cities densify without a loss of amenity and quality of life that Australian’s value so highly? How can we affordably house increasing numbers of people without least-cost development bulldozing biodiversity to replace it with car dominated, monocultural suburbs? Is this where our planning policy, despite seemingly endless reform and rhetoric, appears to be failing to deliver good outcomes?
The rise in the use of Sustainability rating tools by urban developers has in some ways paralleled the emergence of liveability as a key desired outcome and deliverable. Following the lead internationally by the likes of BREEAM in the UK and LEED in the US, the Urban Development Institutes of Australia’s EnviroDevelopment Standards , the Green Building Council of Australia’s Green Star Communities and Bioregional’s One Planet Living Framework are providing benchmarks and incentives for developers to go beyond the building code and statutory compliance in the delivery communities that are healthier, happier, safer and more sustainable. This presentation will chart the development of such tools and attempt to assess their impact including the first One Planet Living Community in Western Australia, the WGV development by LandCorp in White Gum Valley, Fremantle.
Additionally, the presentation will touch on the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in solving global challenges and how do we encourage more of it? What will ‘Smart” cities of the future look like-with already increasingly disruptive technology such as peer to peer energy trading, smart homes and buildings, autonomous and on-demand transit creating uncertainty and shaping the future, and ultimately will this improve liveability for us all?
As Sustainability Manager, Greg’s expertise ensures our development agenda delivers a more liveable, productive and sustainable built environment across a diverse range of projects. This work involves opportunity assessment; site analysis, vegetation retention, landscape, water sensitive urbanism, total water cycle management, energy efficiency and renewable energy, waste management and recycling, materials and project sustainability assessment. Greg currently represents LandCorp on the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities Western Regional Advisory Panel. Projects include: Craigie Cool Earth Geoexchange Demonstration House Trial; One Planet Living certification for the WGV (White Gum Valley) Innovation through Demonstration project, EnviroDevelopment and Green Star Communities accreditation for strategic LandCorp development projects.
For more information on the upcoming 2018 Liveable Cities Conference in Melbourne and to secure your spot please visit https://liveablecities.org.au/