The CPF's Stephen Hodge has just been appointed as a member of a key national advisory group to the federal Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation.
In a media release this morning (PDF 94kb), the Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, Angus Taylor, announced the formation of a Cities Reference Group. It speaks volumes for the CPF’s long investment in industry advocacy that Stephen Hodge is one of the appointees and will take cycling’s interests to this very high level group and the Asst Minister.
The Cities Reference Group has been established to:
“... provide innovative, expert advice to support delivery of the Australian Government's Smart Cities Plan. The Cities Reference Group includes representatives from across industry, the research community and non-government groups. Meetings will be a forum for robust discussion that fosters new thinking, tests ideas and promotes policy leadership.”
With national coordination for cycling at the Australian Bicycle Council currently under review and rapid innovation and digital disruption posing many questions for walking and cycling as autonomous vehicles are touted as the 'next big thing', ensuring cycling has a seat at the table has never been more important.
The ability for national cycling organisations to input to these critical processes can only be enhanced through the upcoming 2017 Australian Bicycle Summit to be held in Brisbane on 12th May. Organised by the Cycling Promotion Fund, the Summit is the key annual opportunity for national and state cycling organisations to continue the discussion and ensure a consensus can be established for cycling advocacy.
Stephen joins the CEOs of:
Infrastructure Australia, Housing Industry Association, Green Building Council, Property Council, Consult Australia, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Universities Australia, National Growth Areas Alliance, Social Ventures Australia, the Committee for Sydney, the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, the Australasian Railways Association, Australian Local Government Association, Council of Capital City Lord Mayors, Smart Cities Council Aust & NZ, the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
and the respective Chairs or Presidents of:
the Urban Development Institute of Australia, the Australian Institute of Architects, the Planning Institute of Australia, the Bus Industry Confederation, Regional Capitals Australia and Prof of Sustainability at Curtin University.