The 10th Making Cities Liveable Conference will be held at Hotel Grand Chancellor in Brisbane on Monday 10th – Tuesday 11th July 2017.
Ms Louise Sureda, Director of Planning & Environment Services for Transport for New South Wales will be at this year’s conference, presenting “Light rail – a catalyst for change in Western Sydney”.
The re-introduction of light rail is becoming an ever increasing trend across Australia. Major cities are seeing the benefits light rail brings to the revitalisation of places within communities. Light rail brings a more efficient form of transport that reduces congestion and promotes gentrification of urban environments and form.
Light rail in general is a more local/regional system of movement within a community that appeals to a wider demographic of customers for reasons of safety, frequency and local accessibility to services, facilities and attractions. Light rail is more than a commute to work and the user profile has a more 24hr vibrancy of social connection and encouraging the night time economy.
Light rail requires an integrated solution with other modes of transport, promoting active transport with bicycle infrastructure, increased walkability and stimulating urban renewal areas.
Greater Parramatta is undergoing rapid growth and change, with an additional one million people set to call Western Sydney home in the next 20 years. In response, the NSW government is developing a new light rail in Parramatta, to service the Greater Parramatta to Olympic Peninsula.
Parramatta Light Rail will support the growth area by connecting people to jobs, education and leisure opportunities and helping to create new communities. It will also support the government’s focus on revitalising the wider Greater Parramatta to Olympic Peninsula area.
Planning for the Greater Parramatta to Olympic Peninsula priority growth area will provide opportunities for new community facilities, vibrant public spaces and homes close to transport links and jobs in the Parramatta CBD.
The 10th Making Cities Liveable Conference is a platform for government, academic and industry professionals to discuss public health, sustainability, natural resource management, transport, climate change, urban design, biosecurity and more.