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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?

With Jane Rawson, Alan Davies, David Nichols and Roz Hansen.

Ideas for Melbourne

We’re kicking off 2013 with a series of public forums that take a closer look at the city we call home – and the problems and challenges facing Melbourne right now.

Make your voice heard as we debate Melbourne’s future – and the kind of city we want to live in.


Jane Rawson

Jane Rawson writes novels, essays and stories, mostly about climate change and animals. Her latest novel is From the Wreck. She lives in Tasmania’s Huon Valley and works for a conservation organisation.

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. The Urbanist is Australia’s leading site for discussion about cities, including transport, planning, infr... Read more

David Nichols

David Nichols is a writer and cultural commentator who is senior lecturer in urban planning at the University of Melbourne. Dr David Nichols was born in Melbourne in 1965. His books include Community: Building Modern Australia (co-edited with Hannah Lewi), the bestselling The Bogan Delusion (2011) a... Read more


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