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Failure to address a future of fragile and
inadequate urban infrastructure in the
midst of global trends of population
migration and climate change will impact
the lives of billions of people.
To avoid this outcome, an investment
of US$40 trillion will be required over the
next 20 years(1) to modernise and expand
the water, electricity and transportation
systems of cities around the world. In
Australia, investment for the same purpose
exceeds A$700 billion to 2020(2).
Key to meeting this challenge is to
work smarter and sooner.
The strain on our cities is ever
present. Massive urban migration is
underway with 60% of our global
population predicted to be urban dwellers
by 2030. In Australia, populations of 7
million by the middle of this century are
now predicted for Sydney and Melbourne.
Clearly we must transform our cities,
responding to immediate challenges like
drought, and building resilience to
climate change, while also achieving
major improvements in sustainability.
And as "hot spots" of consumption,
production and waste generation, cities
have an unparalleled potential to increase
the energy efficiency and sustainability of
our society as a whole.
For Australia, our challenge is
particularly complex including restraining
urban sprawl, and in turn, responding to
increased urban density and delivering
essential services such as transport and
Immediate pressures that demand our
supply for human consumption
and environmental uses.
renewable energy into existing
existing building stock.
urban public transport systems.
Transforming cities into a sustainable
condition -- to provide the greatest benefit
at least cost in the shortest possible time --
requires new, fresh thinking.
Changing the game
The central question in relation to the
sustainability of cities is -- can we adapt
our thinking, relationships and behaviours
to actually bring about what needs to be
achieved? By this we mean:
within government and with the
private sector and community.
jurisdictional collaboration to
integrate planning, infrastructure
delivery and operations.
design alternatives, particularly
the macro infrastructure that
shapes the form and function of
financing, procuring and
delivering infrastructure and
natural environment into these
decisions so that core social
needs are met in innovative, cost
effective and convenient ways.
consultation and approvals for
At Sinclair Knight Merz we are
uniquely placed to work with government
and the private sector in developing and
delivering sustainable infrastructure for
our cities. We possess a strong reputation
across critical disciplines such as
transport, water, power and buildings --
the key elements that we now need to
address together in a truly integrated way.
SKM brings the fresh thinking needed
in both advisory and planning
assignments, and through innovative
Our collective task is significant and
renewable resource. Together we can
achieve positive and enduring outcomes.
Dr Michael Shirley is General Manager,
Buildings & Infrastructure at leading
engineering, sciences and project delivery
firm Sinclair Knight Merz.
DEVELOPING SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE:
CHANGING THE GAME
BY DR MICHAEL SHIRLEY
DR MICHAEL SHIRLEY
General Manager, Buildings and Infrastructure, SKM
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