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).
The pressure of running a city is immense, more so when it is the capital of Colombia. Enrique Peñalosa, Mayor of Bogotá from 1998 – 2001 made the top job even more diffi cult for himself by actively trying to make his city better. From illegalizing the native custom of parking cars on footpaths to rolling out one of the most effi cient public transport networks in the world, Enrique was, at one time during his reign, despised by Bogotá.
Today, however, his ideas are being enjoyed by a better, safer and more just city.
Source: 'Adelaide is one of the world's great small cities and an Aussie leader in future liveability', Minister Anthony Albanese MP, The Advertiser, 26 October 2012
"MEN come together in cities in order to live," Aristotle said, "but they remain there in order to live the good life."
Indeed, it is in our large cities where three out of every four Australians live, and it is cities that generate 80 per cent of our national wealth.
Yet our cities face profound challenges.
Last year, the Australian Government released a policy to address some of these challenges: Our Cities our Future - a national urban policy for a more productive, sustainable and liveable future.
Through an agreement with the Council of Australian Governments, all state and territory leaders, with the Commonwealth, have signed up to a set of criteria to guide our capital cities well into the future.
The Collaborative City exhibition has been a chance for people to see a cross section and summary of the work that's gone in to the Integrated Design Strategy since funding was first announced in early 2010. Since we opened our doors on 9 October, more than 1,400 people have taken the chance to walk through the exhibition, attend our workshops and events. This includes public servants, school classes, media, parents in town doing shopping, curious passers by and those from the design, planning and development professions.