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Welcome to Future Cities Summit, where the most brilliant minds and daring innovators in the realm of property and placemaking converge. It’s a summit for the shapers of cities, precincts and communities. A gathering place for industry as we discuss Australia’s Future Cities – the places we need for people and planet. 

Join us in this immersive one-day event, where you’ll gain industry knowledge, network with peers and leaders and experience the future of property taking flight.

The program confronts issues such as global urbanisation, the Australian governments urban policy, housing, transport, resilience, 24-hour districts, and decarbonisation.

Benefit from the expertise of Professor Greg Clark CBE FAcSS, a global cities advocate with an extensive background in shaping over 300 cities and advising 40 national governments.

Engage with 30+ industry speakers, connect with 400+ delegates, and participate in curated site tours and interactive exhibits, all while gaining practical and tangible learnings, diving into case studies, and fostering thought-leadership and deeper connections.

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Site tour information
Site Tours (Seperately ticketed)

Join colleagues from across the country to tour Sydney’s reactivated former power station and gain access to Australia’s first Purple Flag accredited precinct in Australia.

Tickets can be purchased in addition to your registration to the Future Cities Summit. Site tour ticket links will be emailed in your registration confirmation email.

Please note that spaces are limited. 

10:00am – 11:30am
White Bay Power Station

The NSW State Heritage-listed White Bay Power Station will soon bring new energy to Sydney and Australia as it opens its doors to the public for the 2024 Biennale of Sydney.

3:30pm – 5:00pm
Uptown Program: YCK (York, Clarence, Kent) Laneways Precinct

The office of the 24-hour Economy Commissioner launched the inaugural Uptown Program in late 2022 to empower independent business collectives across Greater Sydney. 

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Session information
8:00am – 8:30am
Registration
8:30am – 8:45am
Welcome to the Future Cities Summit 
 

Welcome:

Mike Zorbas, Chief Executive, Property Council of Australia

8:45am – 9:35am

Sponsored by:

Session one 
Opening keynote: the future cities Australia needs for people, place and planet global practices review

Benefit from the expertise of Professor Greg Clark CBE FAcSS, a global cities advocate with an extensive background in shaping over 300 cities and 40 national governments.

Greg is a recognised authority on cities, urban leadership and investment into the sustainable urban transition. 

The global perspective keynote will cover:

  • Global urbanisation today and in 2080
  • Australian cities in global perspective
  • People, place, planet
  • The issues all cities now face
  • The new tools and platforms for successful urbanisation
  • A new investment thesis and partnership platform for cities
  • Opportunity for Australian cities and property sector.

Keynote:

Professor Greg Clark CBE FAcSS, Global Advisor and Chairman for Cities, The Business of Cities

9:35am – 10:00am
Session two
Shaping our future cities: Australia’s national urban pathway for people, place, planet and partnership

The Australian Government has committed to delivering a new comprehensive National Urban Policy with the aim of addressing the urgent and future challenges facing our major cities – from equitable access to jobs, homes and services, to climate impacts and decarbonisation. The Minister will provide an update on the development of this policy, the role that governments will play, and the opportunities for the private sector.  

10:00am – 10:50am
Session three
Our place: housing more people and building better places, meeting the future housing mix

Australia’s recent record of home-building is already way behind our population growth, which will now accelerate and risks a permanent housing deficit that would undermine our economy and our quality-of-life promise. One key focus is on diversifying the types of tenures of new homes to dilute our dependence on single family car-dependent lifestyles. In this session we will examine the opportunities and barriers, and predict the future state, for each asset class.

Panel:

Michelle Bruggeman, Chief Operating Officer, Levande

Angela Buckley, General Manager, Build to Rent, Mirvac

Anouk Darling, Chief Executive Officer, Scape

Moderator:

Daniel Gannon, Executive Director, Retirement Living, Property Council of Australia

10:50am – 11:20am
Morning tea
11:20am – 11:50am
Session four
Connected places for vibrant lifestyles

The magic of any city is connections and opportunities. Australia’s massive transport infrastructure investment of recent decades requires us to accelerate the place-based opportunities for connected living and working. Combined with digital technologies and platforms, new high-capacity transport systems allow us to re-make our cities around vibrant, dense, and mixed-use hubs that optimise land use, expand human choice, and contain carbon emissions. So where in the world is it being done right and what are the best governance models deliver transit-oriented developments in Australian cities? How do we inspire citizen support for major transport projects? 

Panel:

Lissa van Camp, Executive General Manager of Land, Planning, Environment & Sustainability, Melbourne Suburban Rail Loop Authority

Anne Jolic, Director of Operations, Development, Lendlease

Chris Brown, Cross River Rail Precincts Director, QIC

Moderator:

Professor Greg Clark CBE FAcSS, Global Advisor and Chairman for Cities, The Business of Cities

11:50am -12:20pm
Session five 
Australia’s future cities from the outside in

How does the rest of world see the future of Australian Cities? Where are we ahead and where are we behind? What do Australian cities need to stay ahead in the global rankings over the next 20 years as the cities across the world make decisive improvements in their quality of life, affordability, sustainability and liveability?  Joining us live and in person, meet some of the world’s leading analysts of cities.

Panel:

Dr. Tim Moonen, Co-Founder, The Business of Cities

Dr. Tm Moonen has led more 20 comparative assessments of Australian cities against their global competitors. Tim is based in the UK. 

Chris Fair, President and Chief Executive Officer, Resonance

Chris Fair leads the team that produces the World’s Best Cities report each year and he convenes and hosts the WRLD CTY congress.  Chris is based in Canada. 

Rosina Di Maria MDIA, Principal, Adelaide Studio Chair, Woods Bagot

Rosina Di Maria MDIA is an interior designer with extensive global experience, having lived and worked across Europe, Russia, Asia. Rosina is based in Adelaide.

12:20pm – 1:30pm
Networking lunch
1:30pm – 2:15pm
Session six
24 hour districts: places that serve 21st century people

Australian Cities work around the clock. Port cities and airports hubs serve our trade and travel economies all day and night every week. Our office and media districts support information, finance, trades, and service economies as they connect with global markets, events, and time zones. Our cultural quarters and entertainment zones stay open late to curate unique experiences and encounters, and to service participation, welcome tourists, and nourish revellers. The city, after dark, is a busy and productive place that needs leadership. So, how can we optimise the nighttime economy without losing sleep?

Panel:

Jessica Christiansen-Franks, Founding Director and CEO, Neighbourlytics

Michael Rodriguez, 24 Hour Economy Commissioner, Department of Enterprise, Investment & Trade, NSW Government

Kate Meyrick, Director, Urbis

Moderator:

Ash Nicholson, Director, Government & Industry, CBRE

2:15pm – 3:00pm
Session seven
Decarbonisation of cities & precincts 

Cities have a special relationship with climate. They concentrate the activities that produce emissions, and the density of cities heat and air pollution. Property is the largest single cause of emissions. Cities are also vulnerable to climate change and concentrate the assets, infrastructures, and systems that must become resilient. Cities are also the centres on innovation in human living, behaviour change, and technology adoption, and retrofitting that can drive out carbon and increase quality of life and place at the same time. How will our cities decarbonise? Who will lead and what will governments do? What role for property, and what can we measure in decarbonising in the built environment, and what do we need to be ready for?

Keynote:

Scientia Professor Deo Prasad AO LFAIA, Chief Executive Officer Decarbonisation Innovation Hub, University of NSW

Panel:

Connor McCauley, Head of Sustainability, Australia & New Zealand, JLL

Davina Rooney, Chief Executive Officer, Green Building Council of Australia

Ann Austin, Head of Sustainability, Australia Lendlease

3:00pm – 3:30pm
Afternoon tea
3:30pm – 4:20pm
Session eight
Future cities hypothetical: resilience & security lense  

Our next 50 years will see dramatic rises in droughts, fires, floods, freak weather, noxious air, and cyber & bio warfare. Concern for the security of our water, food, energy, land, waste, atmosphere, infrastructure, technology systems, and buildings will rise accordingly. 

How can Australia retrofit itself for resilience? What tools and technologies are needed across our cities to make the adjustment to resilience now?   What leadership is needed from whom, and how well are we equipped to provide it? 

For the property sector, how can our built environment take a lead to drive innovation for resilience, creating a competitive advantage for Australian cities and for real estate expertise?  

Host:

Professor Greg Clark CBE FAcSS, Global Advisor and Chairman for Cities, The Business of Cities

Speakers:

Professor Peter Newman AO, Curtin University

Michelle Cramer, Future Communities Leader – Australia, GHD

Anita Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer Placemaking NSW

Mike Zorbas, Chief Executive, Property Council of Australia

4:20pm – 4:30pm
Wrap & close
4:30pm – 6:30pm
Networking cocktail party

6:30pm – 9:30pm

Networking

VIP networking dinner

An interactive discussion on Australia at 40 million: where and how?

Member

$1150 / person
  • Option to purchase pre-summit site tour tickets
  • Access to all 9 summit sessions
  • Invitation to closing cocktail party
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea catering

Non-Member

$1550 / person
  • Option to purchase pre-summit site tour tickets
  • Access to all 9 summit sessions
  • Invitation to closing cocktail party
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea catering

Supporting First Nations property professionals

We are offering First Nations Professionals from the property or property related sectors the opportunity to attend the Future Cities Summit as our guest.

The Property Council of Australia is on a reconciliation journey. One of our key focus areas while on our journey is to forge deeper connections and support career development for First Nations Peoples.

To attend Future Cities Summit through the First Nations Professionals Program, nominate yourself or a First Nation colleague below.

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The main entrance to the Convention Centre can be found at the northern end of ICC Sydney, closest to Cockle Bay (Darling Harbour) and Harbourside Shopping Centre.

Parking

ICC Sydney has two car park facilities located within the Exhibition Centre and Aware Super Theatre. 

Taxi 

The closest drop off and taxi zone address is Iron Wharf Place.

Public Transport

The closest train station is Town Hall and the closest light rail stop is Convention stop.

The Future Cities Summit 2024 will be held on Wednesday 27 March at the ICC Sydney.

Companies and organisations who are not members of the Property Council of Australia can attend the conference and networking events paying a non-member rate.

The Future Cities Summit registration includes all conference sessions and the networking function. Tickets to any site tours can be purchased separately during the registration process. Registration fees start from $999 for members and $1,399 for non-members. Please contact Concierge if you’re not sure if your company is a member. Visit the registration page here to find out more.

The Future Cities Summit registration is open to everyone within the property industry and the wider business community. Companies who wish to send three or more members may choose to purchase a discounted group registration package for groups of 3+ or 10+ delegates.

For the summit sessions, business casual is recommended.

27 March 2024 Sydney