AUSTRALIA'S first Urban Policy Forum last week held its inaugural meeting in Canberra, bringing together a former Deputy Prime Minister and a recently retired Premier with experts from across government, industry and academia.
Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the gathering of individuals with extensive experience and expertise in all facets of urban policy marks the beginning of the next stage in the Federal Government's efforts to make cities and large regional centres more productive, sustainable and liveable.
Mr Albanese also announced that the Major Cities Unit along with Infrastructure Australia will partner with the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) to host a conference series showcasing high-quality research for decision makers and professionals involved in urban policy and planning.
The first of these conferences will be held in Sydney early next year.
The Minister said the Urban Design Forum members would use the inaugural meeting to outline their priorities and begin discussing ideas for turning the principles and goals set out in the government's national urban policy, 'Our Cities, Our Future', into a plan of action.
The Forum will also review the State of Australian Cities report and suggest improvements that could be incorporated into its next editions.
The Urban Policy Forum, which was announced by the Federal Government in January to help achieve more productive, sustainable and liveable cities in Australia, is expected to meet again later this year.