Safe Cities Conference

The 2016 Safe Cities Conference ended as it began with our Keynote speakers discussing empowerment of community at the centre of making our cities a safer place to live. The conference was opened by Toby Kent, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Melbourne outlining what it means to be a safe and secure city, followed by Rodger Watson, Deputy Director, Designing Out Crime Research Centre and the importance of adapting design theory in the response to social problems within communities. Nicole Matejic, CEO and Author, Info Ops HQ spoke on ‘Building Social Cohesion Using Social Media’ and featured Canada as a comparison case study  whilst Associate Professor Adam Kamradt-Scott, Centre for International Security Studies detailed the impact of adverse health events on cities throughout the world and urban design consultant John Byrne spoke on sustainable urban design – not just what but where?

Professor Andrew Markus, School of Philosophy, Historical and International Studies, Monash University outlined the perceptions of personal safety and neighbourhood in the Scanlon Foundation Surveys whilst Professor Murray Lee, Professor of Criminology, University of Sydney provided his insights into research on the perceptions of crime and unpacking localised fear and concern. Suzanne Legena, Deputy CEO, Plan International Australia  presented the role of Plan and the importance of engaging girls to enable safer cities for women.

The conference ended with a panel presentation by the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors on what it takes to manage safe and sustainable Australian night time economies followed up a summary overview of the key take out points of the conference from the Committee Chair Dean Griggs, Manager Social Investment, City Communities, City of Melbourne. The Committee Chair commented on the high quality of this year’s Program and the depth of all the speakers.

The Conference gave delegates an opportunity to share experiences and the challenges of designing, planning and maintaining safe places to live. The Association for Sustainability in Business Inc would like to thank all of those who participated in this year’s Conference; the speakers who provided very beneficial, powerful and thought-provoking presentations, the dedicated efforts of our sponsors and supporters, our Conference Chair Dean Griggs and Committee Members.  Without the huge efforts of those involved this event would certainly not be possible. We look forward to your involvement and support of the 2017 Conference.

The Program Committee would like to thank the 2016 Keynote Speakers
 johnbyrne John Byrne

Urban Design Consultant and QUT Adjunct Professor in Urban Design and Architecture

AndrewMarkus-1 Professor Andrew Markus

School of Philosophy, Historical and International Studies | Monash University

Nicole_Matejic Nicole Matejic

CEO | Info Ops HQ

 MurrayLee_100px Professor Murray Lee

Professor of Criminology | University of Sydney

Roger Watson_100px Rodger Watson

Deputy Director, Designing Out Crime Research Centre | University of Technology, Sydney

 tobykent Toby Kent

Chief Resilience Officer, Resillience Melboure | City of Melbourne

Susanne-Legena Susanne Legena

Deputy CEO, Plan International Australia

KamradtScott_Adam Associate Professor Adam Kamradt-Scott

Centre for International Security Studies, Department of Government and International Relations, The University of Sydney

Nick-Heath Nick Heath

General Manager, Hobart City Council (Night time economy panel)

Conference Advisory Committee
  • Dean Griggs | Manager Social Investment | Municipal Recovery Manager | City Communities
  • Nancy Pierorazio | Senior Policy Officer City Safety | Social Investment branch
  • Tony Lake | International Chair | International Crime Prevention through Environment Design (CPTED) Association
  • John Maynard | Senior Project Coordinator | City of Sydney
  • Dr Marcus White | PhD RAIA, Architect, Assistant Dean IT | Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning | University of Melbourne

Who Should Attend

  • Community Development and Safety Professionals
  • Architects, Urban Designers, Town Planners, Place Makers and Planning Professionals
  • Safety and Security Industry Professionals
  • Politicians, Senior Public Servants, City Governance Personnel, Public Health Administrators and Mayors
  • State and Federal Government agencies and departments
  • Non-Government agencies
  • Community Groups, Youth and Women Support Groups
  • Police and Law Enforcement Representatives
  • Justice and Crime Prevention
  • Policy & Researchers including Criminologist and Academics
  • Community Development and Community Services Managers
  • Youth Services Managers
  • Private Sector Security Professionals
  • Police & Law Enforcement Agency representatives
  • Councillors
  • Representatives of other community-focused organisations
  • Academics

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Feedback from 2015 Attendees:

“Really enjoyed the range of presenters and perspectives that came through”

“Keynote presenters were excellent!”

“Very good mix of technical and non-technical – focused on Safety and root cause analysis”

“A very diverse program, catering for a broad range of interests”

“Keynote speakers were very good and clearly knowledgeable on their topic”

“I was very inspired by the presentations I attended.”

“Congratulations on getting a very interesting and busy program together and having it run so well without problems”

“I enjoyed the presentations I attended as they sought to put forward new ideas”

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The Conference Committee would like to thank the 2015 Sponsors, Exhibitors and Supporters.
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