The event of the year for Australia’s sustainable built environment sector is no more.
This week the Green Building Council of Australia and Property Council of Australia announced that the multi-day Green Cities conference, which has been running for 12 years, will not return in 2019.
Instead an annual “Green Cities Leadership Dinner” will be held along with a new program of Green Cities “initiatives”.
A joint statement from the GBCA and PCA said the changes were an “evolution”.
“Members of both our organisations are responding to an increasing breadth and depth of sustainability issues and it is critical that we also evolve and adapt our offering in order to best support their efforts,” PCA chief executive Ken Morrison said.
“Sustainability is now core business for the property industry in Australia and it is vital we continue our global leadership across the three pillars of environmental, social, and governance sustainability.”
GBCA chief executive Romilly Madew said the organisation needed to “keep pushing the boundaries” to maintain momentum and respond to local issues and global megatrends.
A statement to past Green Cities attendants said the changes were responding to member feedback about how to best support them and the industry more broadly.
“In coming months, we will be sharing further details of this exciting new events program led by the Property Council of Australia and GBCA to deliver ongoing influence and advocacy, and support continued leadership across industry,” the statement said.