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From Bush Capital to a Modern Liveable City

Speaker Name


Ian Walker, ACT Government (AUS)


Speaker Profile


Ian is currently the Executive Director Environment with Environment Plannining and Sustainable Development Directorate of the ACT government, with responsibilites covering parks and reserves, heritage, environmental policy, natural resource management, fire management and species conservation.

Ian has previously led strategic planning and programming with Conservation Volunteers establishing initiatives including Rewilding the Desert, One Reef and Wild Futures. This has included mobilising over a million hours of volunteer time to deliver demonstrable on ground conservation action.


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From Bush Capital to a Modern Liveable City




Renowned as the Bush Capital, Canberra is unique in providing 400,000 Canberrans with easy access to nature – green spaces, parks, reserves, lakes and waterways available within 1 km of their homes. 

Traditional Custodians have understood the importance of Country and our interdependencies on it for our own survival.  We have inherited an environment that provides social, economic and ecosystem value to all of us.  The environment in the ACT is a legacy of this connection and in recent time’s successive governments and the communities’ commitment to good planning and management of our natural assets has seen a city grow and prosper.

The ACT protects more of its bushland than any other Australian state or territory, with over 70% of the Territory’s 236,000 hectares reserved, ensuring our unique natural, cultural and recreational values are protected for the benefit of all.

Move over Melbourne and Wellington, Canberra is now ranked as the world’s most liveable city and was third place in Lonely Planet's Best in Travel Top 10 Cities 2018. Melbourne not event making the list !

Is Canberra punching above its weight or can planning and delivery for a liveable community connected to parks create a Modern Liveable city.

Earlier Event: October 15
Successful Major Facilities
Later Event: October 15
Natural Energy Powered Park