The Lord Mayors' panel - the future of Australian cities

The Lord Mayors' panel - the future of Australian cities

Feb 26
Australian cities are important economic centres and contributors in their own right. Hear how they have transformed and adapted, the plans to build resilience and what a full recovery looks like.
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Event Overview

Just over two-thirds of Australia’s population lives in its capital cities. They are home to our largest communities, critical infrastructure, significant investment, businesses and governments, and are vital to our global connectedness.

To varying degrees, they have been on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic having experienced the bulk of cases in the country and a subsequent decrease in economic activity, tourism and migration.

There is now strong focus on harnessing recent learnings and optimising our urban centres. Join CEDA’s audience from across the country when those leading our largest cities:
  • Share their plans to reactivate their economies while ensuring the safety and liveability of communities; 
  • Discuss how Australian cities can best function in the event of future disruption; 
  • Talk about recent upheaval and how it will factor into future planning and development; and 
  • Comment on changed population and settlement projections and trends.
Livestream start times:
SA: 12.30pm
NT: 11.30am
QLD: 12.00pm
WA: 10.00am

Please note all livestream events will be recorded and registered participants will receive exclusive access to the recording following the event, ahead of the general public. Substitutions for the livestream can be made at any time. Please forward details to the event coordinator.

Meet the panel

Councillor Sally Capp
The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of Melbourne

Sally was elected Lord Mayor of Melbourne in May 2018 and was the first woman to be directly elected as Lord Mayor. She was also the first woman to hold the post of Agent-General for Victoria in the UK, Europe and Israel. Sally has served as Chief Executive for the Committee for Melbourne and Victorian Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia.

Councillor Clover Moore
The Rt Hon. the Lord Mayor of Sydney

Elected in 2004, Clover is the first popularly elected woman to lead the City of Sydney. Under her leadership, the City has developed a global reputation for delivering award winning facilities; protecting and enhancing open space; promoting design excellence for private development; delivering new transport options, particularly safe cycling; promoting and expanding the City’s cultural and creative life and initiating progressive solutions to complex city social problems.

Councillor Anna Reynolds
The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of Hobart

Councillor Anna Reynolds was elected Lord Mayor of Hobart in November 2018, the third woman to be elected to the role. First elected as an Alderman to the City of Hobart in 2014, she was Chairperson of the Parks and Recreation Committee during her first term. Anna began her career establishing a community legal centre in North Queensland, after completing her degree at the Australian National University. As Lord Mayor, Anna is focused on a range of issues including affordable housing, climate change, active transport, and protecting Hobart’s heritage.

Sandy Verschoor
The Rt Hon. the Lord Mayor of Adelaide

Sandy is a first-generation Australian of Dutch, French, Portuguese and Ceylonese descent. Sandy was elected as an Area Councillor in the 2015 by-election and served as Deputy Lord Mayor from June 2017 to November 2018. She has had a career in both the public and private enterprise, not-for-profits, and Local and State government, including three years as General Manager City Culture and Community Services for the City of Adelaide. 

Meet the facilitator

Aneetha de Silva
Managing Director, Government, Aurecon

Aneetha is a senior infrastructure executive with over 23 years’ experience across the government and private sectors in Australia, South Africa and the Asia Pacific. She has particular expertise as an advisor, developer and manager of large infrastructure assets and services, especially in transport, telecommunications and property. She is a member of Aurecon’s global board and a board member of Roads Australia and LaunchVic.

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