Gateway Cities Webinar Series

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The Gateway Cities Webinar Series aims to discuss challenges that the gateway cities of Geelong, Newcastle and Wollongong currently face.

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With the seemingly unstoppable growth of Australia’s metropolitan capital cities becoming an issue of national concern, there has been a renewed interest in identifying ways by which the current and prospective economic and social impact of Australia’s major regional cities can be better leveraged.

The Gateway Cities Webinar Series aims to bring together thought leaders across academia, all levels of government and the private sector to examine the opportunities for the Gateway Cities of Wollongong, Newcastle and Geelong.

There will be three webinars within the 2020 series:

How supply chains are contributing to the growth of our regions


Tuesday 22 September

Hosted by Deakin University

Hear about current issues surrounding supply chain and logistics, what challenges need to be overcome and how can these be achieved within our Gateway Cities.

The presentations will be followed by an interactive conversation led by the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Greater Geelong, Mr Martin Cutter.

Gateway Cities: Population Post Covid


Tuesday 20 October

Hosted by the University of Newcastle

What does the data say about the attractions of the Gateway Cities in a post-COVID world compared to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane?

Featuring an introduction to this leg of the webinar series by the City of Newcastle Lord Mayor, Cr Nuatali Nelmes. That is followed by two expert presentation - discussion of the Goldilocks Cities Report by Rob Tyson of Polis Partners and launch of the Gateway Cities Dashboard by the University of Newcastle's Professor Will Rifkin.

The presentations will be followed by an interactive conversation.

The Future of Work - Who, How and Where


Tuesday 24 November

Hosted by the University of Wollongong

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Join us to discuss the jobs of the future, employment pathways and the ability to work from anywhere.

The presentations will be followed by an interactive conversation led by the Lord Mayor of Wollongong, Cr Gordon Bradbery AM.

The Gateway Cities Alliance works together to provide a collaborative and collective approach to ease population pressures on Australia’s Gateway cities. The shared and unique characteristics and strategic assets of the cities of Wollongong, Newcastle and Geelong can be deployed to maximise national economic growth, regional resilience and job creation for Australia’s long-term settlement strategy.

Australia’s Gateway Cities share the following characteristics: Geographically well-defined jurisdictions that are predominantly urban while still allowing for a significant agricultural economic base, Gateway Cities undertake significant public administration and public policy functions which may have a direct impact on the governance and well-being of the nation in addition to the relevant Capital City.

Property prices and housing trends within Gateway Cities


Tuesday 15 December

Hosted by Deakin University

Join us as we look at trends in the housing market and property prices within Gateway Cities.

Presentations by Eliza Owen, Head of Australian Research, CoreLogic and Dr Adrian Lee, Associate Professor, Deakin University.

The presentations will be followed by a live Q & A session.

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