Day 2

Thursday morning began with an address by Councillor Pam Parker, Mayor of Logan City. Pam’s enthusiasm for her city and excitement for the future was balanced by the story she related of how Logan City has had to deal with the challenges posed by council amalgamations and a tight rates base.

Professor Ian Lowe then introduced the third panel session – Green and Prosperous – Exploring tensions and synergies betweengovernment and industry sectors. Listen to the audio of Ian’s presentation.

Panelists for the session were Dr Allan Dale chair of RDA Far North Queensland and Torrer St and Associate Professor at James Cook University; Senator Simon Birmingham, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment; and Ruth Spielman from the National Growth Area Alliance.


Social and cultural issues were the topic of the fourth panel session, lead by Dr Jim Cavaye. Associate Professor of Rural Development, School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the University of Queensland. Jim balanced a telling critique of the issues confronting medium sized cities as he facilitated a lively session. Panelists included Belinda Drew from Foresters Community Finance; David Barbagallo, Chief Executive Officer, Endeavour Foundation; and Professor Cindy Shannon, Pro-Vice Chancellor Indigenous Education, University of Queensland. Senator Jan McLucas had been scheduled to speak but was unable to attend due to a meeting with the Prime Minister – she did however send a message to delegates.

Michael Kerry from AECOMlead the final session on Governance and planning. Managing cities is no small challenge, and the four panelists, Dyan Currie, President, Planning Institute of Australia; Gary Prattley, Chairman, WA Planning Commission; Jack Delange, Chief Operating Officer, Spatial Industries Business Association; and Associate Professor Neil Argent, University of New England each brought differing perspectives.

Senator Kate Lundy, Minister… gave the closing address