OpinionSecond Cities Symposium ‘of national significance’On 08/09/2019 by admin
FEATURED SPEAKER: Demographer Bernard Salt will be at the symposium.You will not want to miss the Second Cities: Smaller and Smarter Symposium, scheduled for Newcastle from October 29-31.Thought leaders will engage with key figures across business, government, and community sectors from Greater Newcastle, Geelong, Wollongong, and other ‘second cities’.
It is an event of national significance.
Experts will discuss what is needed for us to take the next step. What do ‘second cities’ have to offer businesses, individuals and the national economy? What government policies are required, and what private sector coordination would help?
Themes are infrastructure, innovation and liveability. They will be addressed by expert speakers and panels. Featured are demographer Bernard Saltand respected economic commentator Michael Pascoe.
The symposium’s lead partners include Hunter Water, Hunter Development Corporation, Hunter Research Foundation Centre, and AECOM. The event is supported by federal, state, and local governments, leading businesses and professional peak bodies.
The symposium provides the cross-sector collaboration called for in the Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan. The plan is significant both locally and nationally. We are the only Australian city outside the capitals to have a Metropolitan Plan, according to NSW Chief Planner, Gary White. Hesees the plan as providing a framework for the city and the region to transcend political cycles and influence its own future. A key part of the plan’s vision is ‘collaborative governance that makes it a model to others in creating and adapting to change’.
Collaborate in creating the Hunter’s future as a globally recognised second city by attending this symposium. It will conclude with a list of action items to benefit Greater Newcastle in the long term.
Kyle Loades is the host of theSecond Cities Symposium