• The Sydney Morning Herald Population Summit

    Successfully planning for a bigger Sydney – the economy, infrastructure, housing, transport, health and education

    Dates for 2020 TBC

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Overview

Population is a hot topic right now in Australia with residents of major cities being increasingly affected by growing congestion, interminable commutes to work, overcrowded buses and trains and overflowing schools and hospitals.

Australian Governments have been desperately trying to keep up with growing populations, playing a never-ending game of “catch-up” to meet the snowballing demand for public infrastructure. The challenge is how the various levels of government, the bureaucracy and industry can plan for these changes in a way that accommodates the Australian population, improves the average standard of living and boosts economic growth.

The Sydney Morning Herald Population Summit is the premier forum where key decision-makers and thought-leaders in government, transport, property, planning, banking, finance, architecture, economics and the law will come together to discuss how we successfully plan for a growing Sydney.

Topics:

  • Towards a coordinated population policy
  • Congestion costs and congestion busters
  • Demography and immigration
  • Social and affordable housing
  • Urban density and avoiding anonymous sprawl
  • Making infrastructure dollars go further
  • Western Sydney Airport and Aerotropolis
  • Towards a polycentric city
  • Fast rail and a Newcastle-Sydney-Wollongong mega-region
  • Lessons from some other fast-growing international cities
  • Jobs, innovation and workplaces of tomorrow
  • Congestion and road-user charging
  • Sydney vs Melbourne – Australia’s heavyweight title bout

2019 Sponsors

Exhibitors

2019 Speakers


The Hon Alan Tudge MP
Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure


The Hon Anthony Albanese
The Leader of the Opposition


Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO
Chief Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission


The Hon. Rob Stokes MP
Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, NSW


Kiersten Fishburn
Chief Executive Officer, Liverpool City Council


Romilly Madew AO
CEO, Infrastructure Australia


Kristin Brookfield
Chief Executive Industry Policy, Housing Industry Association (HIA)


Lisa Davies
Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald


Leilani Frew
Chief Executive, Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency (IPFA)


John Brogden AM
CEO, Landcom


Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes
City of Newcastle


Dig Howitt
CEO & President, Cochlear


Melissa Widner
Managing Director, NAB Ventures, National Australia Bank


Gabriel Metcalf
CEO, Committee for Sydney


Professor Attila Brungs
Vice-Chancellor and President, UTS


Marion Terrill
Transport & Cities Program Director, Grattan Institute


Wendy Hayhurst
Chief Executive, Community Housing Industry Association


Jillian Kilby
CEO & Civil Engineer, The Infrastructure Collaborative


Gary Barnes
Coordinator-General, Regions, Industry, Agriculture and Resources, Department of Planning, Industry & Environment (DPIE)


Craig Blair
Co Founder and Managing Partner, AirTree


Scott Langford
Chief Executive, St George Community Housing


Professor David Hensher
Founding Director, Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, University of Sydney


Guy Templeton
President & CEO, Australia & NZ, WSP and Chair of Business Council of Australia, Infrastructure and Growth Committee


Steve O’Connor
Partner, KDC and President, Planning Institute Australia


Adrian Dwyer
Chief Executive, Infrastructure Partnerships Australia


Wes Ballantine
Group Executive Victoria and Group Strategy, Transurban


Mark McCrindle
Principal, McCrindle Research


Chris McNeill
Director, Ethos Urban


Paul Plowman
GM- Liveable City Solutions, Sydney Water

2019 Agenda

23 September 2019

8:30

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Lisa Davies, Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald

8:40

KEYNOTE
The NSW Government’s perspective on managing a rising population

The Hon Robert Stokes MP, Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, NSW Government

9:10

INDUSTRY KEYNOTE
Getting the settings right to nurture and attract high-value, cutting-edge businesses

Dig Howitt, CEO & President, Cochlear

9:30

KEYNOTE
The Federal Government’s perspective on population

  • Australia’s population growth
  • Maintaining brisk economic growth
  • Migration and settlement
  • Infrastructure
  • Cities and regional centres

The Hon. Alan Tudge MP, Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population, Federal Government

10:00

PANEL | Building a smart, liveable and sustainable Sydney

Building a smart, and liveable, and sustainable Sydney

Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO, Chief Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission
Romilly Madew AO, Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Australia
Kiersten Fishburn, Chief Executive Officer, Liverpool City Council
Paul Plowman, GM- Liveable City Solutions, Sydney Water
Moderator: Matt Wade, Journalist, The Sydney Morning Herald

10:40

Networking and refreshment break

11:05

Can Sydney successfully surf the demographic waves?

  • A snapshot of Sydney – demographically, socially, generationally, and attitudinally
  • The key trends that will redefine the city
  • Population growth and generational change
  • An ageing population and changing household structures
  • Greater housing mobility

Mark McCrindle, Principal, McCrindle Research

11:35

Sydney vs Melbourne – Australia’s heavyweight title bout

As Australia’s two dominant metropolises compete, what are some of the important issues around their population growth, demographics, infrastructure and liveability?

Chris McNeill, Director, Ethos Urban

12:05

PANEL | Some ways ahead for social and affordable housing in a fast-growing Sydney

  • Unlocking council and state government land for affordable housing
  • Ways to reduce construction costs
  • The need to pick up the pace of inclusionary zoning
  • Social and affordable housing as infrastructure
  • Tiny and pre-fabricated homes

John Brogden AM, Chief Executive, Landcom
Wendy Hayhurst, Chief Executive, Community Housing Industry Association
Scott Langford, Chief Executive, St George Community Housing
Kristin Brookfield, Chief Executive Industry Policy, Housing Industry Association
Moderator: Jacob Saulwick, Journalist, The Sydney Morning Herald

12:45

Lunch

1:30

PANEL | Reducing pressure on Sydney by growing NSW’s regional centres

  • Success of previous decentralisation efforts
  • International comparisons
  • Integrating the jobs and housing markets of Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle
  • Transport solutions
  • Water security issues

Gary Barnes, Coordinator-General, Regions, Industry, Agriculture and Resources, Department of Planning, Industry & Environment (DPIE)
Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes, City of Newcastle
Steve O’Connor, President, Planning Institute Australia and Partner at Koby Development Consultants
Jillian Kilby, CEO & Civil Engineer, The Infrastructure Collaborative
Moderator: Matt Wade, Journalist, The Sydney Morning Herald

2:10

Global perspective on how successful international cities respond to growth

  • The big global story is still the growth of cities, with rural to urban migration far from done
  • But drill down and there is much variability over timing and location, witness some US and European cities
  • The challenges of growth for cities: physical change – the right and wrong ways to grow, eg. contrast of San Francisco and Tokyo
  • Infrastructure enabling growth – case study in contrasts – Los Angeles and London
  • The challenge of inclusiveness
  • The tasks for Sydney
  • Healing the divides between country and city – Brexit, Trump and the big re-alignment

Gabriel Metcalf, CEO, Committee for Sydney and previously 13-year CEO of the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR)

2:40

Q and A with the Leader of the Opposition. The Hon Anthony Albanese in conversation with Lisa Davies, Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald

3:10

PANEL | Better ways to plan, fund and deliver infrastructure
Better ways to plan, fund and deliver infrastructure

Guy Templeton, President & CEO, Australia & NZ, WSP and Chair of Business Council of Australia, Infrastructure and Growth Committee
Leilani Frew, Chief Executive, Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency (IPFA)
Adrian Dwyer, Chief Executive, Infrastructure Partnerships Australia
Moderator: Matt Wade, Journalist, The Sydney Morning Herald

3:45

Coffee and networking

4:00

PANEL | Congestion charging and road-user charging

  • Which is more pressing: congestion charging to keep Sydney moving, or broad road-user charging to raise revenue for road funding?
  • How does congestion charging stack up against other ways of addressing congestion in Sydney?
  • What would it take for the community to accept congestion charging?

Professor David Hensher, Founding Director, Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, University of Sydney
Marion Terrill, Transport & Cities Program Director, Grattan Institute
Wes Ballantine, Group Executive Victoria and Group Strategy, Transurban
Moderator: Jacob Saulwick, Journalist, The Sydney Morning Herald

4:30

INNOVATION PANEL | Making Sydney a natural base for the high value businesses and jobs of tomorrow

  • Nurturing the natural feedback loop of innovation
  • Collaboration the key: universities, start-ups, entrepreneurs, tech giants, advanced manufacturers
  • Inculcating a culture of entrepreneurialism
  • Getting the policies and settings right
  • Sydney at number 23 in list of start-up cities: how to get into top 10?
  • Opportunities for NSW: AI, robotics, autonomous vehicles, fintech, medtech, biomedical, biotech, advanced manufacturing

Professor Attila Brungs, Vice-Chancellor and President, UTS
Melissa Widner, Managing Director, NAB Ventures, National Australia Bank
Craig Blair, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, AirTree
Moderator: Jacob Saulwick, Journalist, The Sydney Morning Herald

5:10

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair and Networking drinks

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When & Where

23 September 2019

Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney
11 Jamison St,
Sydney NSW 2000

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