South-East Queensland in a time of change

Grattan Institute 2016–2017 State of Affairs lecture series

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Join us for the third talk in Grattan Institute’s State of Affairs lecture series for 2018 to take part in a conversation about South-East Queensland in a time of change.

Brisbane, Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba are booming, with growth rates among the highest in the developed world and people are continuing to flock here from around Australia and around the world. So far, these cities have adapted remarkably well. It may be more crowded on the roads or public transport, but people’s commute distances and times have barely changed from five years ago. This is due in no small part to the spread of jobs right across cities, and to the changes individual Queenslanders make to how they travel around their cities, where they live, and where they work. The big question is whether it’s going to continue this way.

In this State of Affairs lecture join Marion Terrill from the Grattan Institute, Matt Collins, who’s leading the Queensland Government’s Cities Transformation Taskforce; and moderator Steve Abson, who is Chief Executive of the Infrastructure Association of Queensland, to explore the state of Queensland’s cities and where to from here.

More about the presenters:

Steve Abson is a qualified civil engineer and experienced executive with over 30 years’ experience in delivery of major infrastructure & building projects. He practices with the Flagstaff Consulting Group in Brisbane, is a qualified Gateway Reviewer; and conducts independent assurance reviews for Government agencies around Australia.

Matt Collins commenced as General Manager of Queensland Treasury’s Cities Transformation Taskforce in April 2018. In this role, he is leading the Queensland Government’s cities agenda, with a particular focus on City Deals to boost prosperity, liveability and sustainability. He holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning, as well as a degree in journalism and public policy.

Marion Terrill is a leading policy analyst with experience that ranges from authoring parts of the 2010 Henry Tax Review to leading the design and development of the MyGov account. She has provided expert analysis and advice on labour market policy for the Commonwealth Government, the Business Council of Australia and at the Australian National University. She joined the Grattan Institute in April 2015 to establish the Transport Program, and has published on investment in transport infrastructure, cost overruns, value capture, congestion and discount rates.

The State of Affairs lecture series is presented by Grattan Institute in partnership with State Library of Queensland.

Wed 31 Oct 2018, 6:00 pm - 07:15 pm
SLQ Auditorium 1, level 2
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