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Friday, 19 August 2016


Pokémon’s legacy for city planners, a generation’s desire for high-density housing and the need for cross-government collaboration in maximising infrastructure projects.

Such was the diversity of discussion on day one of the 2016 Future Cities Summit, which continues today at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

International innovation experts, state and federal ministers and Queensland civic leaders have shared their wisdom at the inaugural event, organised by the Local Government Association of Queensland.

The LGAQ’s Acting President Jenny Hill opened the conference, noting the calibre of speakers and broad scope of presentations, which have ranged from building more resilient cities to the reality of autonomous vehicles.

Keynote speaker Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus Taylor MP announced a series of stakeholder roundtables would be held next month to kick off the $50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, a key election commitment of the Turnbull Government.

Mr Taylor also stressed the importance of all levels of governments working together with the private sector to incite investment and advance the smart cities agenda.

Urban futurist and former Lord Mayor of the City of Adelaide Stephen Yarwood provided a report card of the health of Australian cities, highlighting our over-reliance on cars, the future of service and product sharing applications and the need for urban planners to meet the needs of millennials, who preferred higher-density housing to suburban sprawl.

Mr Yarwood also warned that a “tsunami” of change was on the horizon and governments could capitalise on innovators such as the creators of location-based reality game Pokémon who have geo-tagged cities.

About 150 people have attended the summit, which resumed this morning with presentations by Deputy Premier and Local Government Minister Jackie Trad, Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson and Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.

Local Government Association of Queensland
LG House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006


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