21 December 2010 – The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities has released its sustainable population issues paper for comment.

The paper, A Sustainable Population Strategy for Australia, includes reports from the three  sustainable population advisory panels appointed in July 2010 to establish an open national dialogue on a sustainable population strategy. The advisory panels were:

  • Demographic Change and Liveability, chaired by Professor Graeme Hugo
  • Productivity and Prosperity, chaired by Ms Heather Ridout, and
  • Sustainable Development, chaired by the Hon Bob Carr

Minister for Sustainability Tony Burke said the issues paper would encourage community expression around Australia’s changing population and would  help the government deliver its election promise to develop a sustainable population strategy in 2011.

“In order to adapt to change and build sustainable communities, the government needs to integrate environmental, social and economic factors to provide current and future generations with the opportunity to lead healthy and fulfilling lives,” he said.

“The decisions made now about where we live and how we live will affect the lives of all Australians today and into the future.”
Green Building Council of Australia chief executive Romilly Madew welcomed the release of the paper and called for an integrated approach to population strategy and urban policy development.

The GBCA has called on the government to consider Green Star Communities’ five national best practice principles of liveability, economic prosperity, environmental responsibility, design leadership and governance when dealing with all policies relating to buildings, communities, cities and population.

Submissions close 1 March 2011.

Download the issues paper and details of the public consultation process and the formal submission process from the department’s website www.environment.gov.au