About the 2012 Conference

Opening of Making Cities Liveable Conference 2012Making Cities LIveable Conference 2012 – was held from the 6th to the 8th of June at the Mecure Hotel and Conference Centre, Geelong

The 5th  Liveable Cities Conference was a platform for Government and Industry sector professionals to discuss causes, effects and solutions that relate to population health, sustainability, natural resource management, transport, climate change, urban design, bio security and more.

Conference host Geelong, is Victoria’s second largest city and offers a diverse range of food, wine, cultural and recreation attractions and colonial history.  A waterfront city, it is also the major gateway to the Bellarine Peninsula and  Great Ocean Road.  Beautifully preserved historic buildings capture the region’s colourful past at towns such as Queenscliff, Port Fairy and Portland. There are a number of National Trust properties open to the public which offer a  fascinating insight into the early colonial days.  Geelong takes full advantage of its unique north-facing bay with fabulous waterfront eateries, landscaped Geelong beach-gardens and walking paths set against the backdrop of  Corio Bay.

Issues that were addressed at the conference included;

  • Healthy urban design
  • Food security, buying local, urban agriculture
  • Connecting people and places
  • Urban renewal – green buildings
  • Harnessing social capital
  • Education, motivation and incentives for behaviour change
  • Government and business leadership
  • Regional Cities – interconnectivity – technology – heritage
  • Population growth
  • Political cycles
  • Urban landscapes, public spaces, natural resource management
  • Working with climate change, energy consumption, generation and other challenges
  • Innovation, process Vs people
  • Urban planning and social equity

The Conference  examined public policy and social/community outcomes and consider what actions we can take to positively influence the ongoing debate.

There were over 70 Keynote Presentations, Concurrent Sessions, Case Studies, Regional Study Tours and Posters.

Who Attended?

Policy Makers, Politicians, Senior Public Servants, City Governance Personnel, Public Health Administrators, Academics, Waste Management Professionals, National Resources Administrators, Planning Professionals, Environmental Groups,  Engineers, Urban Designers, Consultants, Social Planners, Disaster Management Groups, Elected Representatives, Mayors, Non-Government Agencies, Community and Industry Groups, Students, Coastal Resource Managers, Place Makers,  Sustainability Practitioners

Committee 2012

  •  Philip D. Allsopp, RIBA, FRSA Co-founder of Transpolis Global, Arizona USA
  •     Steve Bentley, Manager Events, Central Geelong & Waterfront
  •     Ms Elaine Carbines, Chief Executive Office, Geelong Region Alliance, Vic
  •     Dr Kate Kerkin, Director K2 Planning, Vic
  •     Stuart Ord, Director, Healthy Parks Healthy People, Vic
  •     A/Prof Susan Thompson, City Futures Research Centre, University of NSW
  •     Prof Evelyne De Leeuw – Chair in Community Health Systems and Policy Faculty of Health, Deakin University
  •     Peter Sugg, CEO, Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association, Qld

National Library of Australia – Canberra

The conference papers will be included in the PANDORA Archive to provide public ccess to them in perpetuity.  The Library will take the necessary reservation action to keep the papers accessible as hardware and software  changes over time.  The Library will catalogue the papers and add the records to the National ibliographic Database (a database of catalogue records shared by over 5,200 Australian ibraries), as well as their own online catalogue. This will increase wareness of the papers/authors among researchers.



One response to “About the 2012 Conference

  1. This was a first class conference with many great presenters, I look forward to attending in 2013 and revisiting some of this year’s podcasts when they become available on the website.

    Tracey Childs ANZMHa

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