The Collaborative City Exhibition 15 Oct - 8 Nov 2012
On this World Planning Day marking the closing of the Collaborative City exhibition, we look back to Deputy Premier John Rau's opening speech on Friday, and where we all go from here to design the 'Adelaide process'.
Guest blog by Deputy Mayor, David Speirs
It’s time to think beyond the four-year cycle. Because, let’s face it (barring complete disaster) our cities, suburbs and communities will be around long after the current batch of elected members and bureaucrats have disappeared.
Too often politicians don’t do the long-term stuff. Sure, it’s talked about in lofty speeches, but does it happen in reality? Just last week, when speaking at the Securing the Future conference, former federal Treasury chief and Westpac chairman, Ted Evans, lambasted the short-termism present in the national policy debate, arguing strongly for a long-term vision to underpin policy development.
At the City of Marion we’re trying to develop a long-term vision to shape how our city will look in the future. This was recently described in one of our council workshops as ‘clear fuzzy’ planning, having a clear plan of attack, but not necessarily being able to completely control the final outcome (due to timelines and many variables along the way).