“Eighty per cent of Australians already live in our capital cities, and our four largest cities are expected to double in size over the next 15 years. It’s absolutely mission critical that our national government plays a role in making sure our cities are liveable, productive and sustainable,” says the GBCA’s Chief Executive Officer, Romilly Madew.
“Since assuming the reins, the Prime Minister has frequently urged Australians to ‘embrace disruption as our friend’ and to harness the opportunities presented by technology. We are optimistic that this new combined portfolio of cities and digital transformation will lead to a renewed focus on innovation and investment in our cities.
“We are also pleased to see that Minister Taylor will be reporting directly to the Prime Minister – a sign that Malcolm Turnbull has a personal interest and commitment to boosting the performance of our cities and addressing the planning and policy issues which are currently jeopardising their economic and environmental sustainability,” Ms Madew adds.
“We look forward to working with Minister Taylor to elevate the discussion around the importance of our cities as powerhouses of economic growth, and to drive real action to make our cities healthier and more resilient,” Ms Madew concludes.
The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) is the nation’s authority on sustainable buildings and communities. The GBCA’s mission is to accelerate the transformation of Australia’s built environment into one that is healthy, liveable, productive, resilient and sustainable. The GBCA works with industry and government to encourage policies and programs that support its mission. The Council educates thousands of people each year on how to design and deliver sustainable outcomes for Australia’s buildings and communities. And it operates Australia’s only national, voluntary, holistic rating system for sustainable buildings and communities – Green Star.
For more information visit www.gbca.org.au
Image 2: Angus Taylor - Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister on Cities and Digital Transformation.