MAV event to explore better connected communities

A conference exploring how planners can build more inclusive and sustainable cities post-COVID-19 will be staged in Melbourne next month.

The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) is convening the Smart Urban Futures Conference  which will cover five themes:

  • Transport integration and better street design;
  • Climate change response, including how to deliver emissions reduction through travel mode shift to walking, cycling and public transport;
  • Fostering more equitable communities, including gender equality; and
  • Pandemic response – building back better with liveable cities

Keynote speakers include Matthew Baldwin (Deputy director, General European Coordinator for Road Safety and Sustainable Mobility, European Commission), Helge Hillnhutter (Associate Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology), and Ellie Cosgrave (Director, Publica UK).

The hybrid event will be held on 5-6 May.

In other events news, the 2022 Welcoming Australia Symposium will be held at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra from 10-11 May.

The symposium will feature international and national speakers discussing the challenges, benefits, and opportunities of migration, settlement, cultural diversity and inclusion.

Presentations and practical examples of local community initiatives from councils and not for profits will also be included in the program.

Interested parties can also register to watch a live stream of the two-day event.