Ideas for Melbourne: The City of the Future

Ideas for Melbourne: The City of the Future

In 30 years, Melbourne’s CBD will have another 220,000 new residents. A ‘second CBD’ has been proposed for Melbourne’s west, along with a third runway for Tullamarine airport – and more green wedge land for housing.

Can a big Melbourne remain beautiful – let alone liveable or sustainable? Can we have it all, or do tough choices lie ahead?

Part of our second Ideas for Melbourne series, Jane Rawson leads a panel comprising Alan Davies, David Nichols and Roz Hansen.


Portrait of Jane Rawson

Jane Rawson

Jane Rawson wrote the novel A wrong turn at the Office of Unmade Lists, published by Transit Lounge and shortlisted for an Aurealis Award for science fiction. Ed Wright at the Australian said the book had ‘taken risks with plausibility and triumphed’ while the Adelaide Advertiser’s Patrick Allington said it was ‘one of the stranger debut novels I have read … a wacky mediation on loss and grief, on creativity, on treating the planet badly and making the best of things’.

Portrait of Alan Davies

Alan Davies

Alan Davies is the blogger behind The Urbanist, and an urban and regional planner with Pollard Davies Consulting. His academic background is in planning, economics, sociology and architecture.

Portrait of David Nichols

David Nichols

David Nichols is a writer and cultural commentator who is senior lecturer in urban planning at the University of Melbourne.

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