Ideas for Melbourne
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In 2012, Ideas for Melbourne will be the talk of the town.
With city elections looming in 2012, we’re kicking off this year’s programming by turning the spotlight on some of Melbourne’s biggest civic issues. Over the course of a week, we’ll be asking the city’s most controversial questions, giving you the chance to ask the city’s best placed commentators, experts and policy-makers the questions that will decide this year’s elections. Our aim is simple: to generate public conversation on the issues that matter to Melbournians most.
Planes, trains, automobiles and – latterly – cycling are a perennial Melbourne bone of contention. Is there room on the roads for everyone, or are we heading for traffic armageddon? Paul Mees, Meredith Sussex and Daniel Bowen explore.
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Ms Meredith Sussex AM is a non-executive board director and consultant who provides strategic advice to organisations on public policy, planning, management and governance. She is a non-executive director of the Port of Melbourne Corporation and the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, and an administrator of Brimbank City Council where, with two others, she acts in place of the council that was removed by the state government for a variety of governance failings.
Dr. Paul Mees is a senior lecturer in transport planning at RMIT.
Daniel Bowen is president of the Public Transport Users Association.
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. What better way to begin than by engaging with the issues that directly affect us, every day?
We’ve chosen to focus on city planning, racism and homelessness, three topics that loom large in local debates – and will continue to dominate civic conversations in 2013.
Barely a week goes by without a planning incident, public transport screw-up or debate about our city boundaries or skyline. Racism is rarely discussed, but hit headlines in late 2012 when indigenous musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was refused a cab ride home from his own concert. And while we’re never short on good initiatives or well-meaning campaigns to tackle homelessness, it remains an ongoing – and complex – problem.
Be part of the conversation about Melbourne’s future – and the kind of city we want to live in.