AHURI ONE-DAY CONFERENCE

Affordability and liveability in our cities

Thursday 29 June 2017

More than 130 delegates convened in Melbourne, Australia on Thursday 29 June 2017 for the national conference - Affordability and liveability in our cities. This page can be used to access conference presentations, audio and videos from the event.

Conference proceedings

Conference overview

Almost two thirds of Australians live in our capital cities and that percentage is projected to grow considerably over the next 40 years. Affordability continues to be a significant issue at all stages of the housing continuum, from those living in social housing, through to private renters, and home owners. Outside the capitals, there are new and growing cities in all states and territories that are also facing affordability and liveability challenges associated with that growth. Our next AHURI conference, to be held in Melbourne - Australia’s fastest growing city - on Thu 29 June, will focus on the affordability, economic productivity and liveability challenges associated with our growing cities.

Key topics to be covered at the conference include:

  • What are the Federal Government’s cities policies and what is the role of affordable housing within these policies?
  • How is Victoria going to improve social and affordable housing in its cities given it is one of the top three priorities in the new 30 year state-wide Infrastructure strategy?
  • How can housing policies unlock economic growth in our cities? Hear the latest AHURI evidence from the soon to be completed Inquiry into housing polices, labour force participation and economic growth.
  • What is a City Deal? An overview of the UK City Deals and in-depth analysis of the new Australian model currently being developed in a number of regional cities.
  • As our cities continue to grow, how do we ensure they remain liveable?

Who should attend?

This is a national conversation, and we encourage policy-makers and practitioners from across Australia to join us, including:

  • Federal and state/territory government policy-makers from the housing, social policy, planning, infrastructure, finance and human service sectors
  • Private sector practitioners – property developers, urban planners, builders, financiers, designers and architects, real estate professionals
  • Social/community housing and homelessness practitioners and service providers
  • Charities, not-for-profit organisations, peak bodies and tenant groups
  • Community service providers across a range of relevant sectors - Indigenous, youth, disability, aged care and more.

Our final program and speakers have been announced. We look forward to seeing you in Melbourne.

Program

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TimeSession
8:00am Registration and refreshments
9:00am

Welcome by Conference Host

Tony De Domenico, Chairman, AHURI Limited

9:15am

Welcome to Victoria & Plenary address

Hon Tim Pallas MP, Treasurer of Victoria

Treasurer Pallas led the development of Victoria’s recently released the Homes for Victorians housing strategy and the State’s new 30 year state-wide infrastructure strategy has included social and affordable housing as one of its top three priorities.

9:45am

Plenary address

Hon Angus Taylor MP, Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation

Minister Taylors’ portfolios stretch across the whole of government to improve city liveability and tackle long standing issues of traffic congestion, housing affordability and the need to create jobs closer to where people live. He has a focus on regional cities and outer suburban cities.

10:15am Morning tea break
10:40am

How can housing policies unlock economic growth in our cities?

This session will discuss the four key channels through which housing policies affect labour force participation and economic growth – housing supply responsiveness, consumption, mobility and employment decisions.

Professor Ong ViforJ will present key findings from the final report from the AHURI Inquiry into housing policies, labour force participation and economic growth.

Facilitator
Dr Michael Fotheringham, Deputy Executive Director, AHURI Limited

Presenter
Professor Rachel Ong ViforJ
, Curtin University

Panel Members
Dr David Prentice, Principal Economic Advisor, Infrastructure Victoria
Mary Cavar, Executive Manager, Productivity Commission
Nicki Hutley, Director & Chief Economist, Urbis

Presentation will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A

12:10pm Lunch
1:00pm

City Deals and affordable housing

What is a City Deal? An overview of the UK City Deals and in-depth analysis of the new Australian model currently being developed in a number of regional cities, and the role of affordable housing within these deals.

Facilitator
Meredith Sussex AM
, Board Director, AHURI Limited

Presenters/Panelists

Professor Duncan Maclennan, Visiting Professorial Fellow associated with City Futures Research Centre, University of New South Wales
Oliver Richards, Assistant Secretary - Cities Economics Branch, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
Lindy Deitz, General Manager, Campbelltown City Council
David Waldren, Head of Planning, Design and Development, Grocon
Dr Tim Williams, Chief Executive Officer, The Committee for Sydney

Presentations followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A

2:30pm Afternoon tea
2:55pm

Liveability in our cities

As our cities continue to grow, how can we ensure they not only remain productive but also liveable?

Facilitator
Dr Ian Winter
, Executive Director, AHURI Limited

Speakers
Ruth Spielman, Executive Officer, National Growth Areas Alliance
Charles Northcote, Chief Executive Officer, BlueCHP Limited
Michael Buchan, General Manager - Property Management, Renewal SA
Professor Peter Newton, Swinburne University of Technology

Presentations to be followed by panel discussion and audience Q&A

4:25pm

Conference close

Dr Ian Winter, Executive Director, AHURI Limited

4:30pm Conference concludes

Venue Information

MCEC

Meeting Room 210
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Place
South Wharf Victoria Australia

Event times

Registration opens at 8:00am for a 9:00am program commencement.
The program concludes at 4:30pm.

Directions to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)

Google Map of area

MCEC is located on the banks of the iconic Yarra River in South Wharf. The Convention Centre is easily, accessed via Convention Centre Place or a short walk down the Exhibition Centre Concourse from the Clarendon Street entrance.

Public transport

Tram
Catch any of the following trams and get off at the stop opposite the Clarendon Street entrance of MCEC:
Route 96 – St Kilda to East Brunswick
Route 109 – Port Melbourne to Box Hill
Route 12 – Victoria Gardens to St Kilda

Alternatively catch tram number 48 or 70 and get off at the Flinders Street stop. Then take a short walk towards the Yarra River, across the Seafarers Bridge.

Train
Take any train that goes to Southern Cross Station. Get off at Southern Cross Station and catch tram number 96, 109 or 12 as above. For further train timetable information and trip planning, visit the Victorian Public Transport website here.

Bus
The SkyBus transports visitors directly from Melbourne Airport to Southern Cross train station.

Bus route 237 operates from Queen Victoria Market, via Southern Cross Station to Lorimer Street South Wharf from Monday to Friday. Lormier Street is approximately a five minute walk to MCEC. There is also a coach pick up/drop off point at Bay 1, Convention Centre Place (closest to DFO South Wharf).

Public transport timetable information and trip planning, visit the Victorian Public Transport website.

Car

The following car parks are within easy distance of the MCEC.

Please be aware that the MCEC is undergoing an expansion project - please read this information sheet prior to driving to the MCEC

Melbourne Exhibition Centre Parking
Please note: This car park can reach capacity on busy event days.
1060 undercover parking spaces available, managed by Wilson Parking. Entrance and exit off Normanby Road with a height restriction of 2.2 metres. Open 24 hours, seven days a week

Fees:

0.0 - 1.0 hour  $14.00
1.0 - 2.0 hour  $28.00
2.0 - 3.0 hour  $42.00
3.0 - 4.0 hour   $56.00
Lost ticket  $56.00

Earlybird rate
Monday to Friday: $17.00 entry between 6.00 – 9.00am and exit between 3.00pm - midnight. Casual rates will otherwise apply.

Please note - All MCEC car park patrons will be directed to car park Door 1 during overnight closure (8.00pm – 6.00am), to access the external areas of South Wharf Promenade.

Siddeley Street Parking

Please note: We recommend this car park during MCEC expansion works.

Open 24 hours, seven days a week.

Fees:
0.0 - 0.5 hours $6.00
0.5 - 1.0 hours   $12.00
1.0 - 2.0 hours   $26.00
2.0 - 3.0 hours   $38.00
3.0+ hours   $50.00
Lost ticket   $50.00

Earlybird rate Monday to Friday: $16.00 entry between 6.00am and 9.00am and exit between 12.00pm - midnight. Casual rates will otherwise apply.

Freeway Parking

This is a Wilson Parking car park, located at Munro Street under the Westgate Bridge. You can access this car park via Normanby Road and Munro Street.

Fees (weekdays including public holidays):
0.0 - 1.0 hours   $10.00
1.0 - 2.0 hours   $20.00
2.0 - 3.0 hours   $30.00
3+ hours (max)  $40.00
Lost ticket   $50.00

South Wharf Parking

Please note: Current capacity is significantly reduced due to construction works.

Open air car park, managed by Wilson Parking. Entrance off Normanby Road. Open 24 hours, seven days a week.

Fees (weekdays including public holidays):
0.0 - 1.0 hours   $10.00
1.0 - 2.0 hours   $20.00
2.0 - 3.0 hours   $30.00
3+ hours  (max)
$40.00
Lost ticket   $50.00

Taxi
Ask the taxi driver to drop you off at Convention Centre Place, next to the Hilton Melbourne South Wharf and DFO South Wharf.

Accommodation

Travelling from interstate? We have secured discounted rates at the following hotels located close to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC).
*Please note that all rooms and rates are subject to the booking terms & conditions which are located at the bottom of this page. Please read these before booking your accommodation.

Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne, Northbank

Adina

Approximately 8 minute walk to MCEC
550 Flinders Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Website

Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne, Northbank is ideally located in Melbourne CBD and less than a ten minute walk to the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, Southern Cross Station and the Southbank promenade. The hotel houses 108 one and two bedroom apartments and studio rooms to accommodate guests.

Rooms & Rates

Studio apartments - $139.00 per room per night
One bedroom apartments - $169.00 per room per night

Click here to book an Adina Apartment

Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne

Rendezvous Melbourne

Approximately 21 minute walk to MCEC
328 Flinders Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Website

One of Australia’s grand hotels located in the very heart of the CBD. Originally built in 1913 as the Commercial Travellers Club, this grand heritage-listed hotel has been recently refurbished and restored to retain the feel of the classical 1900’s. The 340 room hotel is walking distance to world class shopping, premier entertainment, spectacular dining, major sporting venues, Crown Casino and the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Rooms & Rates

Guest Room - $155.00 per room per night
Breakfast - $20.00 per person

Click here to book at the Rendezvous Hotel

Travelodge Hotel, Southbank

Travelodge Southbank

Approximately 3 minute walk to MCEC
9 Riverside Quay
Southbank VIC 3006
Website

With its spectacular location, Travelodge Hotel, Southbank is placed and perfectly suited for groups large or small; we make your business our priority. Travelodge Hotel, Southbank is located right by the Melbourne Yarra River, close to the CBD, major transport, shopping and dining. It is within easy walking distance to the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Rooms & Rates

Guest Room - $160.00 per room per night
Breakfast - $15.00 per person

Click here to book at the Travelodge

Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne

Vibe-Savoy Melbourne

Approximately 13 minute walk to MCEC
630 Little Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Website

With a beautiful façade and internal grandeur of an art deco heritage building , Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne is located opposite Southern Cross Station and a couple of blocks from the hub of Collins Street. It is the perfect base to explore Melbourne’s CBD precincts – each with its own cultural flavour. With the tram on your doorstep, you will easy access to Etihad Stadium and the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Rates

Guest Room - $175.00 per room per night
Breakfast - $20.00 per person

Click here to book at the Vibe Savoy

Booking Terms and Conditions:

·         Your booking must be cancelled by 2pm the day before arrival to avoid a cancellation fee, which is equal to your first nights accommodation charge.
·         Your credit card will not be charged at time of booking. It is to hold your reservation only. A valid credit card must be used on arrival.
·         Children under 12 stay free using existing bedding. Additional bedding is available upon request and subject to an additional fee. Please contact the hotel for further information.
·         Full terms and conditions are available on TFE Hotels website.

The rates will be subject to availability at the time of booking.

The links will automatically closed, if the hotel / hotels  don’t have availability to offer the discounted rate.

From time to time the hotel run specials with strict terms and conditions such as fully-pre-paid and non-refundable. Those specials have limited inventory.

The details

Date: Thursday, 29 June 2017

Time: 8:00am – 4:30pm

Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Registration

$375 including GST (includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea)

Registration terms and conditions

Payment is due at least 7 days prior to the conference. If you nominate to pay via bank transfer and payment is not received by the conference date, you will not gain admittance.
Refund amounts and deadlines for cancellation of registration are stipulated below.
Transfer of your registration to another person is acceptable. The full name and details (including email, position title, work mobile, work address and dietary requirements) of the person that will replace you must be advised in writing via email.
If you register and then find you are unable to attend the event, please email us prior to the event day.
Non-attendance: No refunds will be made for non-attendance at the event. If your payment is outstanding at the time of the event and you do not show up to the event, you will still be required to pay the registration fee.

Refund policy

$300 if cancelled by 26 May 2017
$220 if cancelled by 26 June 2017
$0 if cancelled after 26 June 2017