Canberra Business Council highlights opportunities in addressing climate change

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Canberra Business Council CEO Chris Faulks has highlighted the opportunities that can arise from addressing climate change.

Speaking at a Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF) forum on 27 August 2012, she said that the Canberra Business Council accepts that climate change is happening and that Australia faces future challenges including peak oil, water and energy security.

She highlighted public transport as a key strategy in addressing some of these challenges, as well as urban “brownfield” development (i.e. redevelopment of abandoned or underused industrial and commercial facilities) and infill, especially along transport corridors.

The Canberra Business Council partnered with the Conservation Council in 2008 to prepare a submission to Infrastructure Australia supporting a light rail system for Canberra. The Council also has a long history of support for a Very Fast Train between Canberra and other capital cities.

Ms Faulks said that Canberra and region can draw on specific advantages, including Canberra’s role as the national capital and hub for the southeast region, national cultural institutions, high quality research and development, and a well connected and networked city. She pointed to the many innovative businesses in the region that can support climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, such as wind energy company Windlab and solar energy company Dyesol amongst others.

To leverage off Canberra’s advantages in addressing climate change challenges, Ms Faulks called for greater collaboration between business, government, education and research institutions and the community. She indicated the need for investment in enabling infrastructure including public transport, the airport, education and training, and a new convention centre. Finally, she emphasised the importance of long term strategic planning and long term partnerships.

Find an audio recording of Ms Faulks’ presentation at the Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF) website here.


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