Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Liveability in Mackay - 59th annual Urban Local Government Association of Queensland (ULGA) Conference

THG's Richard Katter is in Mackay this week for the 59th annual Urban Local Government Association of Queensland (ULGA) Conference. He and THG MD, Tim Connolly, are presenting on the components of liveability and how we might make measuring it simpler through a Liveability Index. This is what he had to say:

"Tim our MD and I presented a paper today at the Qld Urban Local Government Conference in the beautiful Mackay, the first time we have discussed our affiliation with American based 'Partners for Livable Communities' in the public domain. We've partnered with some other Queensland based organisations to bring this group here to Australia because we see the issue of liveability as being integral to addressing the issues we have facing our state, not least of all, population growth and how we manage it.

Yesterday at the conference, Euan Moreton of Synergies Economic Consulting, our partner in developing a tool to measure and benchmark liveability, spoke at the conference about liveability as a complex multidimensional concept, identifying the eight key elements that make it up. This tied in nicely with our presentation today where Tim spoke about the key considerations of liveability and I discussed the need to develop an index to measure this complex concept and the possible indicators under each of the eight elements.

The conference was a great opportunity for us to let the civic leaders of our states urban areas know that we, through Partners for Livable Communities, have the tools to enable their community to become more livable in the future".

How would you define liveability in your state, town or neighbourhood? What do you think are the key elements of creating special places to live, work and play? Please comment below, we'd love to hear your thoughts.

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