Liveable, international, connected, agile and resilient – this is the vision for Canberra in 2030 that will underpin Canberra Business Chamber advocacy during the Federal and ACT election campaigns and into the future.
ACT businesses have been asked to identify the activities they believe are most essential to creating a region with a diversified, modern economy driven by a confident and successful private sector.
The sector’s priorities are the basis for the Chamber’s new Destination 2030 paper, a roadmap for the Territory’s future.The Canberra of 2030 we are proposing requires collaboration between governments, business, the community and individuals in order to create a region we will all be proud to live in.
“In the lead up to this year’s ACT and Federal elections, Canberra Business Chamber will be calling on all parties to consider how they can contribute to achieving the future envisioned by the business sector.”
Destination 2030 looks broadly at the areas where focus is needed and more specific initiatives will be determined in partnership with stakeholders.
However, the blueprint does provide some initial aims for everyone to work towards.
Chamber members want existing organisations to be brought together into a Committee for Canberra. This group would champion the city and region as well as providing independent research and advocacy to support Canberra as a leading liveable city for all.
Australia Forum remains a priority. Parties are being asked to commit to procuring,building and operating a convention centre that can attract and host national and international meetings.
Investment in infrastructure and developments is essential to drive economic growth and new business opportunities.Those vying for votes, will be assessed against their promises to spend on projects in the region.
Exports from the ACT are increasing, but a more strategic approach to trade, particularly with major markets and neighbours,can help drive overseas sales for local businesses. Destination 2030 calls for an Asian Market strategy for trade, business and tourism with quality supporting infrastructure.
With Singapore Airlines set to begin direct international flights from Canberra in September, the ACT will expand its role as a freight and business tourism hub for the region. Links between the city and the rest of the region will be vital to utilising this new capacity. Regional road and transport infrastructure, including the Kings Highway and Barton Highway, must be upgraded to ensure efficient and safe connections. This will support growth in business and freight.
Our city faces challenges. These include those that have always presented risk, such as natural disasters, as well as more modern stresses that can weaken the ACT, such as movements in Federal Government spending, ebbs and flows in population growth, and changes in climate conditions. Canberra should strive to achieve status as a Resilient City – a city that can adapt and surmount the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.
“Part of our view of ourselves as a region relies on how we support all members of our community, including vulnerable citizens, to prosper. By working collaboratively we can develop a city where everyone, and the contribution they make, is valued.”
Destination 2030 is about what we can do over the next 15 years to leverage off our assets and continue to evolve and mature. It will help us plan and stay on track as we move forward.
Robyn Hendry, CEO
Canberra Business Chamber
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