INSPIRING FUTURE CITY LEADERS
The Future Cities Collaborative brings together policy, practice and research to inform our city leaders into inspired action to build great cities. The Collaborative is an initiative of the United States Studies Centre, with its primary role to promote sustainable urban development by supporting city leaders with leadership and strategic management tools, creating a forum in which mayors can share ideas and information, and being a site for capacity building and development of skills and knowledge in building sustainable cities.
The cornerstone of the Future Cities Collaboratie is the Future Cities Program, which focuses on supporting both regional and metroplitan city leaders in New South Wales, by providing them with the knowledge, skills and resources to build sustainable and liveable communities.
The Future Cities Program realises that informed and visionary leadership is needed to decide how, when, and where new approaches and technologies can be used to make a real difference in improving not only the livability but also the sustainability and productivity of our cities. Strategic planning and sustainable urban development are being brought to the fore the world over and the Future Cities Program, in collaboration with the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, is supporting our leaders by using evidence-based solution modeling, first-hand examples and education, and collaborative approaches to shared problems to make meaningful differences to Australian cities.
The cities of Parramatta, Waverley, and Woollahra were selected to represent the Future Cities Collaborative at the World Cities Summit and Mayors Forum held in Singapore in June. Lord Mayor John Chedid of Parramatta, Mayor Sally Betts of Waverley and Mayor Toni Zeltzer of Woolhara all travelled to the Summit, along with other Australian lord mayors from capital cities around the country.
The 2014 Future Cities Program Mayors' Forum has concluded for another year. The Forum was a resounding success, with reinvigorated and inspired city leaders striving to make their communities great future cities within NSW.
The Future Cities Program is based on the Mayors' Institute Forum conducted in the United States, where like-minded leaders meet to work with leading thinkers to develop innovative solutions for re-designing precincts so they are great places to live and work, and are also adaptive to the changes in liveability and sustainability demands — from renewing town centres or high streets, to re-designing community precincts, or alternative transport possibilities.
Planning should begin at street-level, putting the experiences and perceptions of citizens before legislation. That was the message delivered by the Future Cities Collaborative's guest Peter J. Park during his time with the Future Cities Program in June.