Jan 19, 2016

Imitation is the highest form of flattery

I welcome the Turnbull Government’s announcement that they will adopt Labor’s position to work with cities across the nation to reduce heat through urban canopy.

Labor’s plan to reduce the heat island effect was outlined in my opinion piece published in the Herald Sun on the 4th of December 2015.

In this I argued that we can mitigate the effects of the extreme heat on our cities and towns if we think harder about town planning and building design.

I also said co-operation from governments and the development and urban design industries would be required to reduce the heat in our cities, making them safer and more productive.

Labor takes the view that the Commonwealth can improve our cities by providing policy leadership to ensure they are the best they can be.

The former Labor government created the nation’s first Urban Design Protocol.

This was developed with industry and included a checklist for designers to ensure they took into account a range of quality-of-life issues including heat.

We also produced an annual State of the Cities report through the Major Cities Unit to explore issues relating to urban policy, pointing to areas that needed improvement.

Labor calls upon the Government to adopt all of our cities agenda as outlined at the National Press Club in 2014.

They could start by re-establishing the Major Cities Unit, which was abolished as one of the first acts by the current government.

The opinion piece that outlines Labor’s plan to reduce heat in Australia’s cities was published by the Herald Sun is available online http://tinyurl.com/z4kcxzd