Sustainability and resilience in urban development

Sustainability and resilience in urban development

Mar 14
Join CEDA to examine the intersection between transport, utilities, and social infrastructure in the development of sustainable and resilient cities.


Monica Barone, Chief Executive Officer, City of Sydney
Romilly Madew AO FTSE, Chief Executive Officer, Green Building Council of Australia
Charlie Crane, Commercial Manager – Strategic Projects, Veolia
Wesley Enoch, Director, Sydney Festival

Event overview

As our population increases and cities grow, ensuring sustainable urban development and building resilience into the cities is key priority for policy makers, planners, utilities, and governments alike.

Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs is the hallmark of sustainability. 

This event will examine:

  • How we measure liveability and resilience in cities;
  • What role cities play in meeting UN Sustainable Development Goals and how Australian cities compare to global best practice;
  • What factors will shape future development and how technology and data be better applied to improve sustainability;
  • New thinking towards how cities will address congestion, climate change, and demands on water and waste management; and
  • How sustainability improves environmental performance of cities, social well-being, and economic prosperity.

Event presentations

Monica Barone, City of Sydney MP3 | PDF

Moderated discussion MP3

Meet the keynote speaker

Monica Barone
Chief Executive Officer, City of Sydney

Monica has been the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Sydney since 2006,having overseen the development and implementation of the City's long term vision for Central Sydney - Sustainable Sydney 2030. She manages approximately 2000 staff, an annual Capital expenditure and Operational expenditure budget of approximately $880 million and $11.6 billion dollars of net assets including the Council's commercial property portfolio. In 2017 the City of Sydney processed over $4 billion dollars of new development. The City's major projects are the CBD Light Rail (now managed by Transport for NSW) and the $13 billion Green Square Urban Renewal site. Monica holds a Masters in Creative Arts, was a 2014 ‘100 Women of Influence’ finalist. She is a member of the 100 Resilient Cities City Leader Advisory Committee, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of Chief Executive Women.

Meet the panel

Romilly Madew AO FTSE
Chief Executive Officer, Green Building Council of Australia

Since 2006, Romilly has led the Green Building Council of Australia and has built a global reputation as an influential advocate and change agent. Romilly is a member of the federal government’s Cities Reference Group, Independent Chair of the Currawong State Park Advisory Board, a member of the Sydney Olympic Park Authority, Surf Life Saving Foundation and Chief Executive Women board’s and President Bilgola Surf Life Saving Club. Romilly is also a Founder, Minerva Network (supporting Australia’s elite sportswomen) and Member, National Sustainable Development Council.

Charlie Crane
Commercial Manager – Strategic Projects, Veolia

Charlie manages strategic projects and acquisitions across ANZ within Veolia’s Innovation and Strategic Development group with a focus on the development of sustainable infrastructure within the waste, water and energy sectors. Veolia is a provider of environmental services and a developer & operator of sustainable infrastructure which seeks to address significant environmental challenges around the world. In Australia's harsh environment, we need to be particularly conscious of how its cities, and the utility infrastructure which underpins them, develop so as to increase resilience and to have the least impact on our already constrained natural resources.In partnering with our clients to rethink their sustainability challenges, we deliver the operational expertise, global experience and local experts to manage and mitigate risks, build trust and drive continuous improvement

Wesley Enoch
Director, Sydney Festival

He is a writer and director for the stage and joined the Sydney Festival as Artistic Director in 2015. He was creative consultant, segment director and indigenous advisor for the opening and closing ceremonies of Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018; the Artistic Director of Queensland Theatre Company from 2010 – 2015; Associate Artistic Director at Belvoir St Theatre from 2007- 2010; Australia Council Artistic Director for the Australian Delegation to the 2008 Festival of Pacific Arts; director of Opening Ceremony, MY SKIN, MY LIFE for the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne; Artistic Director of Ilbijerri ATSI Theatre Co-op 2003-2006; Resident Director at the Sydney Theatre Company from 2000-2001 and Artistic Director of Kooemba Jdarra Indigenous Performing Arts from 1994-1997.

Supported by CEDA members

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