On Friday the 29th of April, the Hon Angus Taylor MP, Assistant Minister for Cities hosted the Australian Cities Summit in Melbourne with an invited audience of national opinion leaders, Ministers and capital city lord mayors.
Opening the summit and launching the Smart Cities Plan White Paper was the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, with Minister Taylor, the Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt and the Minister for Major Projects Paul Fletcher, chairing the three working roundtables.
Guests in attendance included the Lord Mayors of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Darwin, as well as critical thought leaders such as the CEOs of Infrastructure Australia, the Gratton Institute, Committee for Sydney, Business and Property Councils of Australia and many more leading researchers and business sector leaders.
This Summit is the foundation for coalition federal policies in transport, planning, investment and liveability for our major cities – the 18 largest cities of more than 100,000 inhabitants across Australia.
The Cycling Promotion Fund (CPF) was invited to participate to represent cycling as a national peak organisation at the Summit and roundtable discussions on the White Paper launched by the PM.
If cycling is to be considered a legitimate form of transport across Australia and included in the funding policies of Australian governments, then it is vital to be included in these forums. It is due to our strategic work over the last decade and positioning of the CPF at this level that we were invited to participate at the Summit.
The Summit provided the opportunity for critical conversations such as the focus on 30-minute cities, and acknowledgement of the benefits when city design and investment includes measures to increase liveability and connectivity, in which walking and cycling are of course critical to enhancing mobility choice.
Further to the engagement at the Summit, a seat at the table also legitimises cycling and provides the platform for invaluable discussions with political, business and research leaders in Australia. Many of these will be followed up by the CPF in coming weeks.
Through the investment of the bicycle industry, the CPF has given cycling a voice at the very highest levels of the national transport and cities agenda, but it can only continue to do this with the ongoing engagement and commitment of the whole industry.
All members of the industry, large and small, stand to gain from the work of the CPF. If you are not a member, don’t rely on others to create the environment for cycling and a future you want for your industry —