Urban Livability in Tropical Australia

by James Cook University

(Academia)

img

The Urban Thinkers Campus (UTC) model is an initiative of UN-Habitat’s World Urban Campaign, conceived as an open space for critical exchange between all stakeholders and partners involved in promoting sustainable urbanization.

Project implemented: January 2018

Project goal

Identify actions that will help achieve effective outcomes for local public health through urban planning and design locally.

delivering on

why is this project important?

Cairns and Townsville are unique cities in their landscape and climate. While these are expanding tropical cities, they are located far away from main urban centers, meaning they need attention in order to foster positive change that will produce good quality urban environments.

Key steps to make it happen

1Urban Diary Production

Participants will produce urban diaries prior to event, focused on active lifestyles, social inclusion and/or healthy eating

2Public workshops

The UTCs will be day-long action-focused events in Cairns and Townsville.

3Local authority meeting

Following up the event there will be focused meetings in local councils to find ways of implementing the proposed actions

4Report writing

After the event a report with the main findings and actions will be produced for the UN-Habitat World Urban Campaign.

James Cook University is holding an UTC entitled ‘Urban livability in tropical Australia through urban diaries and community engagement’, which will focus on the relationships between urban planning and design, and public health towards the implementation of the New Urban Agenda locally. The UTCs will be day-long workshops based upon discussions and the development of action plans for Cairns and Townsville with the input and active participation of multiple stakeholders including government, professionals, academics and community in general. The event will count on the participation of Mr Charles Wolfe through an awarded Fulbright Specialist Program grant by the United States of America Government. These UTCs will use urban diaries as tools consistent with the New Urban Agenda’s call to action and implementation of equitable framework. Results of the event will be presented to Cairns Regional Council and Townsville City Council and a final report for each city will be produced for the United Nations addressing prospective policy, planning and regulatory response.

The specific objectives of the proposed UTCs are:

  • Bring a wide range of key stakeholders together, including decision makers, policy makers, NGO’s, academics, community in general, and professionals in public health, urban planning, urban design, landscape architecture, and transport.
  • Discuss potential future approaches and opportunities to empower citizens to help achieve the City We Need.
  • Implement an innovative approach to community consultation through the use of urban diaries and action planning.
  • Identify actions that will help achieve effective outcomes for local public health

collaborating organisations

related projects

Business & Sustainability Forum Series by United Nations Association of Australia (WA)
Raising awareness of energy and sustainability in heritage c... by Australia ICOMOS National Scientific Committee on Heritage & Sustainability
Thriving Communities Partnership by Thriving Communities Partnership
Applying SDGs – Determining Socio-Economic Indicators ... by Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, Victoria
Global goals for local communities by Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA)
We’re all in this Together by Healthy Cities Illawarra (HCI) and University of Wollongong (UOW)
Willing to Work by Australian Human rights Commission
Green Star by Green Building Council of Australia
Spatial data infrastructure to help monitor and evaluate Aus... by AURIN – Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network
Anti-Racism: It Stops with me campaign by Australian Human Rights Commission
LiveGAPS by CSIRO
Environmental Sustainability and Innovation by Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd
Applying SDGs – Determining Socio-Economic Indicators ... by Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, Victoria
Strengthening the Effectiveness and Extent of Medical Physic... by Australian Nuclear Science and Technlogoy Organisation (ASNTO)
Day At The Zoo by City West Water
Economic independence on traditional land by Indigenous Business Australia
Addressing the social determinants of injury by The George Institute for Global Health
SDG National Forum by Fatouma TOURE
Cities Power Partnership by Cities Power Partnership
Northconnex by Transurban
Barangaroo South by Lendlease
ANZ SDG Bond by Australia New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ANZ)
Strong Women. Strong Business by Indigenous Business Australia
Financial Inclusion Action Plan by Good Shepherd Microfinance
Renewable Energy in the Water Industry by Water Services Association of Australia
The Individual Deprivation Measure Global Program by Individual Deprivation Measure
Tropical Sustainable Design by Tropical Urbanism and Design Lab (TUDLab), James Cook University
The Victorian Salt Reduction Partnership by The George Institute for Global Health
International Legal Training Program by McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer
creating the capacity for people to invest space with meanin... by Place Agency at the University of Melbourne
Delivering sustainable development through infrastructure by Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA)
Cooling the planet to feed the World by PundaZoie Company Pty. Ltd.
Green Star – Communities by Green Building Council of Australia
SDG Toolkit for Systems Thinking and Collaborative Approache... by Australian Council for International Development
ChildFund Pass It Back by ChildFund Australia

Does your organisation have a project to include?