“Australia has got great cities; we’ve got building challenges” – Minister

A post from AURIN director Andrew Dingjan on the Cities Roundtable with Minister Jamie Briggs

There’s a role for the federal government to play in how cities are built and how they operate. The Prime Minister has a vision for a coordinated approach to get the best integrated planning systems operating, to ensure we have the infrastructure that services the growth we want in our cities, that our cities are liveable and that we attract and keep the best global talent. We’re here to listen.

That was the message from the new Minister for Cities and the Built Environment the Hon. Jamie Briggs, who joined a roundtable discussion on the future of our cities with key academics and policy makers, hosted by the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI) recently.

With nine out of ten Australians now living in urban areas and our population set to approach 40 million around the middle of the century, the creation of this ministry is timely and important.

I think this a great opportunity for good urban research to inform big infrastructure decisions around the country. I encourage the urban research and planning community to rise to the challenge, knowing you’ve got good urban data and analytical tools to back it up. At AURIN, we’re here to help.

We look forward to working with Minister Briggs and his team and thanks go to his office and Brendan Gleeson and the MSSI team for organising the event.

It was my pleasure to participate in this event, meet the Minister and tell him more about AURIN and how data-driven urban analytics are a key innovation for urban planning and road-testing ideas for the future of our cities.

Read more about the roundtable at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute website.

Watch the roundtable opening address