A large number of community groups from academia, State High Schools, Cairns Regional Council, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Cairns Airport, business leaders, town planners, non-profit organisations, social enterprises, and other members of the public attended the Urban Thinkers Campus event organised by the Centre for International Trade and Business in Asia (CITBA). The event entitled “Urban Design, Economic Growth, and the Jobs of the Future in the Tropics” was part of the United Nation’s Habitat program and it took place over three days between 25-27 Novembers inclusive.
The event proved to be a catalyst to build consensus between participating constituencies for addressing urban and economic challenges in our city and proposing solutions to future challenges.
The event was the culmination of 9 months planning and preparation by a small army of people within CITBA, with special mention of and thanks to A/Prof Josephine Pryce, Dr Silvia Tavares, Ms Diana Castorina, Ms Trang Nguyen, Ms Jane Njaramba, Ms Dwi Sugiharti, Mr Andrew Dineen, Mr Emmanuel McCarthy, and Ms Suzie Pont for their generous contribution of time and expertise before, during, and post-event.
Centre for International Trade and Business in Asia would also like to especially highlight the hard work of Dr Taha Chaiechi, the Australian Director of the Centre, for her continues engagement with the local community in the past several months in promoting the UN initiative in order to amplify the urban thinkers’ movement here in the tropics.
Post-event reports and evaluations are in progress and more details will be released and shared with the colleagues in due course.
Speakers at the Urban Thinkers Campus included (but not limited to):
- Dr Taha Chaiechi, Australian Director, Centre for International Trade and Business in Asia, James Cook University: “Planning on Future Sustainable Cities”
- Professor Liz Spencer, Head, Law, JCU, “Urban Thinkers: The Interdisciplinary Imperative”
- Cairns Regional Council , “CBD Activation”
- Mr Pat Flanagan, Market Lead Environment & Planning, Northern Australia: “Cairns 300/500”
- Ms Nikki Huddy, PLANZ Town Planning & PIA: “Shape of the City”
- Dr Silvia Tavares, TUDLab, College of Science and Engineering, JCU: “Innovative Urban Solutions and Sustainable Communities”
- Dr Narayan Gopalkrishnan, Social Enterprise Network for the Tropics (SENT), JCU, “Addressing homelessness through social enterprise.”
- Mr Brian Arnold, Aboriginal Development Benefits Trust (ADBT) “Empowering the Gulf through Business and Liveability”
- A/Prof Lawal Billa, University of Nottingham: “Flood Resilience and Urban Planning”
- Mr Greg Mews, Urban Synergies Group, “Right to the City”
- Urban design students: Smithfield State Highschool, “The City We Need”