28 March 2012 – A Property Council of Australia campaign Make My City Work designed to empower people in urban areas to have a say in the future of their cities, was launched today (Wednesday) at Canberra’s National Press Club.

Chief executive of the Green Building Council of Australia and chair of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council’s Cities Task Group, Romilly Madew said:

“ASBEC has been calling on all levels of government to take a consistent, national approach to the development of our cities, however the opportunity for public input into that process has been inconsistent.  Make My City Work is an opportunity for people to discuss and debate what’s good and what’s bad about their cities and to help shape the way they develop into the future.”

With up to 85 per cent of Australia’s projected 35 million-plus population expected to be living in cities by 2050, the increased pressures presented by this rapid expansion must be addressed with care and efficacy, she said.

“ASBEC believes a coordinated approach to urban policy development is necessary to meet Australians’ expectations for their cities, to make cities more resilient to climate change and environmental disasters and to maximise the opportunities of they represent as the powerhouses of Australia’s productivity and innovation.”