SCA Farewells Longstanding Chair and Welcomes Energy Sector Leader, Alison Rowe, as Chair of the Board. Alison will be replacing long-serving Chair, David Singleton AM, who is stepping down as Chair at the Annual General Meeting on November 14 and retiring as an Independent member director from the ISCA Board when his tenure is up in April 2019.Read More
It’s undeniable that there is a lot of activity in the smart cities space, and it’s occurring at breakneck speed. What I like about Hong Kong’s approach is it’s a more pragmatic one, and it’s a reminder in the global smart cities race that pragmatism can actually be a good thing. Being pragmatic doesn’t mean not having a vision, or any imagination – it simply means we – as Hong Kong is doing – need to temper possibility with practicality.Read More
Nine winners of inaugural Smart Cities Awards announced. A serial disruptor, a government visionary, an emerging leader and a world-leading council are among the winners of the inaugural Australian Smart Cities Awards.Read More
Recognising and rewarding leadership plays an important role in celebrating best practice and stimulating discussion and action.
As Chair of the inaugural Australian Smart Cities Awards - the nation’s first and only national dedicated smart cities award program - it’s been an honour and a terrific opportunity to gain insight into some of Australia’s best work in the smart cities arena.Read More
Civil engineering is a broad church, and that was abundantly clear at the recent ICE 200 Australasia Conference. While it was a more ‘traditional’ engineering conference, the topics and discussions were extraordinarily rich, and the audience quite diverse. One thing that struck me is that we aren’t all just a bunch of cardigan wearing civil engineers anymore and the increasing number of female delegates present is an excellent sign for the future.
How a workshop led to the creation of a new guide released by the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC) which looks specifically at emerging climate risk tools that can help investors manage physical climate risk – at portfolio and asset levels.Read More
When it comes to climate change and resilience to extreme weather events, Australians don’t need to look very far to understand our challenges – as the poem goes, we have ample droughts and flooding plains … and heatwaves and blackouts. But the challenges do not come from mother nature alone, they lie in leadership, particularly in Australia’s approach to business sustainability. Lessons should be learned from UK businesses in terms of understanding the imperatives and structuring business strategy around climate change.Read More
Our infrastructure investment decisions matter enormously if infrastructure is to be long lived, so how can we select infrastructure investments that are optimum? How do we determine what would be the best investments to make?Read More
Swinburne University of Technology has announced the re-appointment of David Singleton to the University's Council. David has served as a Swinburne Council member since 2014 and his re-appointment will ...Read More
The theme for the 2017 Sustainable Integrated Cities International Conference – held in Perth on 4th and 5th December 2018 – was ‘Integrated Thinking for Sustainable Cities and Communities.’
I joined a strong speaker line up which included Michael Nolan, Chair UN Global Compact – Cities Programme, Brad Pettitt, Mayor at Fremantle City Council, Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University, Larry Quick, CEO of Resilient Futures, and John Thwaites, Professor & Chairman, Monash Sustainable Development Institute & Climate Works Australia.Read More
Resilience is a hot topic when it comes to the major issues facing our communities now and into the future. I asked 11 leading industry contributors the following question: We continue to read and hear that our communities, our infrastructure, our systems must be more resilient. Do we understand what this means? Do we understand the behaviour changes that are required for us to be more resilient? And can Smart Cities assist? Read on for their thoughts ...Read More
Following my recent appointment as Chair of Australia’s first national Smart Cities Awards program (for Smart Cities Council Australian and New Zealand SCCANZ), I was interviewed about the role of a smart city council and awards programs and how they are / will impact the smart cities conversation. Here is the interview.Read More
Now, more than ever, we are more educated and aware of what climate change is and the myriad of ways it impacts us. We know it has devastating impacts globally in cities and regional areas… because our world is one huge system. And infrastructure is no different.Read More
Smart cities are THE two words on the radar of every planner, policy maker, designer, urban strategist, digital specialist, builder, owner, operator and investor! I asked a handful of leading industry voices in the cities space the following question: There is a justifiable focus on Smart Cities at present. Smart cities ought to support smart citizens – how might we assist that? Read on for their responses.Read More