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 Collaborative 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.
Government News spoke to Professor Edward Blakely and participants from the Future Cities Program to learn what the benefits of the Program to councils in NSW are, and learn how the Programs helps to education, mentor and inspire councils in their attempt to make great future cities for our state.
Mayors from six innovative and dedicated cities around New South Wales came together last week to celebrate the final stage of the Future Cities Program for 2014. The Final Luncheon allowed each Mayor to deliver their insightful and inspiring blueprints for their future communities to an audience of local and state government representatives, peak industry bodies, and community representatives.
Cities can and should be planned for people first. That was the message that Director of Planning and Environment at City of Canada Bay Council, Tony McNamara, took from the 2014 Future Cities Program. In this article, he outlines his lessons from the Program, and what it means for a Director of Planning in Sydney, and NSW broadly, in trying to create great future cities.