ADC Forum joined leading Australian and international thinkers, and explored how we can build cities for the needs of today and tomorrow, to influence the national policy agenda for the betterment of Australian cities.

Held on 30 Nov – 1 Dec, 2015
at RACV Club, Melbourne

Informed by the latest international research and best practice examples, the Summit will presented solutions for thriving and liveable cities.

With nine out of ten Australians, and more than half the world’s people, living in cities. Our urban centres are engines of enterprise, rich in diversity and opportunity. But they also face enormous challenges, as urban growth, changing demographics, and congestion place increasing pressure on infrastructure, health, and the environment.

With the appointment of a Federal Minister for Cities and the Built Environment underscoring the importance of Australian cities to our nation’s economy and our quality of life, the urgency of confronting the challenges they face as we approach the mid-21st century is apparent. There has also been growing international recognition that human-centred design, as well as personal and community health and well-being, are intimately linked to the performance of our cities.

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Recap Videos: Richard de Cani, Managing Director - Planning, Transport for London

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deCaniRichard de Cani
Managing Director – Planning,
Transport for London

CerveroProf Robert Cervero
Friesen Chair of Urban Studies,
Professor of City & Regional Planning, College of Environmental Design,
University of California, Berkeley

Giles-CortiProf Billie Giles-Corti
Melbourne School of Population & Global Health,
University of Melbourne

HowardHoward Duncan
Executive Head,
The Metropolis Project

Full Speakers List – Summit Brochure

9:00 – 9:20am Session 1: Welcome and Opening – Chair, Rohan Mead, CEO, Australian Unity

Addressed by The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, City of Melbourne

9:20 – 10:30am Session 2: International Keynote: What do we expect from our cities and who does it best?

International Keynote by Professor Robert Cervero, University of California, Berkeley

10:30 – 10:50am Morning tea
10:50am – 12:20pm Session 3: Health and economic impacts of rapid urban growth – Chair, Meredith Sussex
Impacts of current urban growth patterns in major Australian cities, including costing of health implications. Impacts on economic opportunities/access to employment.Dr Peter Brain, Executive Director, NEIER
Patrick O’Neill, Senior Adviser New Communities, Brotherhood of St Laurence
Dr Bruce Bolam, Executive Manager, Programs Group, VicHealth
Prof David Griggs, Director, Monash Sustainability Institute
Prof Michael Buxton, Environment and Planning, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University
12:20 – 1:50pm Lunch with table-based discussion groups
1:50 – 2:10pm State Opposition Keynote
2:10 – 3:40pm Session 4: Characteristics of Healthy Cities – Chair, Meredith Sussex

What changes should we be implementing to achieve better economic, social, environmental and health outcomes in our cities (recognising interdependencies between these outcome areas)? Where are the best examples from which we might learn?

Dr Peter Brain, Executive Director, NEIER
Patrick O’Neill, Senior Adviser New Communities, Brotherhood of St Laurence
Jerril Rechter, CEO, VicHealth
Prof David Griggs, Director, Monash Sustainability Institute
Prof Michael Buxton, Environment and Planning, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University

3:40 – 4:00pm Afternoon tea
4:00 – 4:30pm Federal Ministerial Address

The Hon Paul Fletcher, Minister for Territories, Local Government and Major Project, Australian Government

4:30 – 6:00pm Session 5: Better Designed Cities

To consider how to shape the built environment s of our cities and their places so they better respond to the challenges from Sessions 3 and 4.

8:30 – 9:45am Session 6: International keynote: Integrated land use transport planning in London

Richard de Cani, Managing Director, Planning, Transport for London

9:45 – 10:15am The Federal Opposition’s Views on Healthy Cities

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Shadow Minister for Cities, Shadow Minister for Tourism

10:15 – 10:35am  

Morning Tea

10:35 – 11:35am International Keynote: Healthy Cities of Migration

Howard Duncan, Executive Head, The Metropolis Project and Editor of International Migration

10:35 – 11:55am The State Opposition’s Views on Healthy Cities

The Hon David Davis, Shadow Minister for Planning, Victorian Government

11:55am – 12:50pm Session 7: How new technologies might affect health and safety in our cities

Looking at the future of connected vehicles, how they might impact development of our cities and what types of policy responses might be required.
Brian Negus, General Manager, Public Policy, RACV
Prof Mark Stevenson, The University of Melbourne
Sameem Moslih, Director Network Strategy & Planning, VicRoads

12:50 – 2:10pm Light lunch with table-based discussion groups
2:10 – 3:25pm Session 8: Making cities healthier for all

How do cities affect the health and wellbeing of particular groups of people? What can be done to deliver better outcomes?
Prof Brendan Gleeson, Professor of Urban Policy Studies, The University of Melbourne
Derek McMillan,
Chief Executive – Retirement Living Services, Australian Unity Limited
Dr Janet Stanley,
Principle Research Fellow, Urban Social Resilience, University of Melbourne

3:25 – 3:45pm Afternoon tea
3:45 – 5:15pm Session 9: Integrated Planning for healthy cities

Strategic and neighbourhood level perspectives on planning for healthy cities, including how to improve governance arrangements
Prof John Stanley, Co-Chair, ADC Forum
Prof Roz Hansen,
Jim Betts, CEO, Infrastructure NSW
Philip Davies, CEO, Infrastructure Australia
Malcolm Thompson, Department of the Environment

5:15 – 6:00pm Session 10: Imperatives and policies to deliver healthy cities –

Reflections on the Summit and closing comments

Meredith Sussex, Chair, Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area, Ministerial Advisory Committee

Major Partner






Associate Supporters

Dept Infra and Reg Dev

Summit Affiliates

The Future Melbourne Network, The Heart Foundation, The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

Summit Attendees

Infrastructure and technology companies • Land use and infrastructure sector planners • Investors and financiers • Public health professionals • Local government decision makers • Students and Academics • Community representatives • Federal and State government departments and agencies • Consultants and designers