The Background of BEMP

In 2008, CEOs from the Australian Institute of Architects, Green Building Council of Australia, the Planning Institute of Australia and the Property Council of Australia convened. Having worked together on a number of other projects, such as the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC), the group had identified a vital need to bridge the gap between politicians, the built environment sector and the wider public.

The inaugural Built Environment Meets Parliament (BEMP) took place later that year. Consult Australia joined BEMP in 2009.

Since then, BEMP has been successful in positioning key industry representatives alongside the decision makers in Canberra. BEMP accomplishes and demonstrates collaboration, mutual trust and respect between the five host CEOs. Together with active cooperation from industry peak bodies, this has assisted in the acceleration of key successes along the way.

Since its inception and the official launch by Annabelle Crabb in Parliament House in 2008, BEMP developed into the summit we are now familiar with – the full day annual event that segues from the Australian Award in Urban Design (AAUD) gala evening.

In five years BEMP has featured over 80 speakers and tackled issues such as: liveability and resilience in a greener economy, Australian city planning (with the release of the results of a ground-breaking capital city strategic plans audit), key principles of urban planning frameworks, strategic planning of cities and new approaches to community consultation, and digital technologies such as BIM and 4D modelling.

Each year the host CEOs have delivered a summit that elevates built environment policy issues within the federal and political spheres.

See below for further information on the individual BEMP summits, including the topics addressed and full list of speakers engaged.


BEMP 2013

The BEMP 2013 summit was scheduled to be held in June although was rescheduled due to the election. Rather than embroil BEMP in political jockeying, its organisers had decided to focus on the future and engage with the nation’s next parliament.

The AAUD winners were announced at a gala dinner at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra on Tuesday 25 June, with Ross Solly from ABC Canberra playing host. The ambitious plan to link the Canberra CBD with the city’s iconic lake, Brisbane’s new Northern Busway (Windsor to Kedron) and the upgrade of two Sydney laneways have become the nation’s best urban design projects for 2013. A revitalisation project in Central Dandenong in Victoria received a Commendation.

The 2013 winners were:

  • Delivered Outcome – large scale: Northern Busway (Windsor to Kedron) by: Tract Consultants, PBAJV, Thiess John Holland, Transport and Main Roads, Cottee Parker Architects, Bligh Tanner, Hydroplan, Dotdash and Holistic Trees.
  • Delivered Outcome – large scale Commendation: Revitalising Central Dandenong: Lonsdale Street Redevelopment by: TCL in collaboration with BKK.
  • Delivered Outcome, small scale: Sydney Laneway Upgrades – central precinct (Ash Street & Angel Place) and Chinatown by: Aspect Studios with the City of Sydney Council.
  • Policies Programs and Concepts, large scale: Linking Canberra City to the Lake by: ACT Office of the Coordinator General, Hill Thalis, SMEC Australia PTY LTD, MacroPlan Dimasi, JILA and Tania Parkes Consulting.
  • Policies Programs and Concepts- small scale: No winner was awarded in this category.


BEMP 2012

Built Environment Meets Parliament (BEMP) 2012 was held on 26-27 June in Canberra.

The two day event consisted of a welcome dinner incorporating the Australia Award for Urban Design on Tues 26 June and the full-day BEMP Summit on Wed 27 June.

BEMP 2012 focused on opportunities within the built environment profession to utilise new technology in innovative ways. The summit focused on the strategic planning of cities; new approaches to community consultation; and digital technologies such as BIM and 4D modelling.

The Hon Greg Hunt MP was one of the BEMP speakers in 2012.

He has provided a full copy of his speech available for download titled A Long-Term Approach to Planning Australian Cities.

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Consult Australia, Australian Institute of Architects, Green Building Council Australia, Planning Institute of Australia and Property Council of Australia, are joint host bodies of the annual Summit – Built Environment Meets Parliament (BEMP).

The speakers at BEMP 2012 were:

      • Dr Rebecca Huntley, Ipsos
      • The Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Leader of the House, and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
      • John Bilmon, PTW Architects,
      • Lois Boswell, Office of the Premier of South Australia
      • Catherine Caruana-McManus, IBM
      • Damien Crough, Unitised Building
      • Matthew Crozier, Bang the Table
      • Mark Curzon, Architectus
      • The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC, MP, Cabinet Secretary, Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Innovation, and Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
      • Matt Cooperrider, Collabforge
      • Dr Ben Guy, Urban Circus
      • Ben Hewett, South Australian Government Architect
      • The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage
      • Kirsty Kelly, Planning Institute of Australia
      • George Kostas. Brookfield Multiplex
      • Brendan Lyon, Infrastructure Partnerships Australia
      • Megan Motto, Consult Australia
      • David Parken, Australian Institute of Architects
      • Innes Willox, Australian Industry Group
      • Michael Zorbas, Stockland

BEMP 2011

Built Environment Meets Parliament (BEMP) was held on 21-22 June 2011 in Canberra. Consult Australia, Australian Institute of Architects, Green Building Council Australia, Planning Institute of Australia and Property Council of Australia, are joint host bodies of the annual Summit – Built Environment Meets Parliament.

Built Environment Meets Parliament (BEMP) 2011 was held on 21-22 June in Canberra.

The Australia Award for Urban Design (AAUD) presentation was held at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and the BEMP Summit at Parliament House Canberra (Theatre).

The BEMP 2011 summit focused on livability and resilience in a greener economy, exploring various issues affecting Australian communities today. The very current topic of natural disasters, their devastating consequences on communities and how planning, industry and government assistance can all be better leveraged to help communities recover was discussed amongst professionals from various facets of the built environment industry.

The Property Council’s 40 year forecast proved to be a crowd favourite, with many attendees commenting on how interesting the content of the session was. Despite the summit keynote speaker Edward Glaeser presenting his session via a different medium than originally planned, it was still a great success with Edward delivering an enthralling presentation.

The speakers at BEMP 2011 were:

      • The Hon. Anthony Albanese MP, Leader of the House; Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
      • The Hon. Tony Burke MP, Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
      • Senator Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens; Senator for Western Australia
      • The Hon. Greg Hunt MP; Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage
      • Kelly O’Dwyer MP, Federal Member for Higgins
      • Gai Brodtmann MP, Member for Canberra
      • Michael Zorbas, Stockland
      • Edward Glaeser
      • Rob Valentine; Lord Mayor of Hobart
      • Steven Cork, EcoInsights
      • Roger Wilkins AO, Attorney General’s Department
      • Caroline Pidcok, PIDCOCK
      • The Hon. Tom Roper
      • Lucy Turnbull, Turnbull & Partners
      • Sue Holliday, Built Environment Industry Innovation Council
      • Peter Verwer, Property Council of Australia

BEMP 2010

BEMP 2010 took place with the BEMP Summit on Wednesday 16 June and the Australia Award for Urban Design on Tuesday 15 June 2010.

An integral part of BEMP 2010 was the focus on Australian city planning, with the release of the results of a ground-breaking capital city strategic plans audit.

Commissioned by BEMP, the audit measures current major city strategic plans against COAG’s nine future capital city strategic planning criteria.

BEMP 2010 speakers were:

      • David Atkin, Cbus
      • Prof. Rob Adams AM, City of Melbourne
      • Senator Simon Birmingham
      • Dr Edward Blakely, University of Sydney
      • Chris Bosse, L-A-V-A
      • The Hon Tony Burke MP
      • Dr Chris Caton, Westpac
      • Tony Chan, Arup
      • Michael Deegan, Infrastructure Australia
      • Mark Dreyfus QC, MP
      • Brian Howe AO, University of Melbourne
      • Ken Maher, HASSELL
      • The Hon. Richard Marles MP
      • Senator Christine Milne
      • Monica Richter, Australian Conservation Foundation
      • Graeme Sawyer, Lord Mayor of Darwin
      • Jim Soorley, Unity Water
      • Emma Synnott, Arup
      • The Hon. Lindsay Tanner MP
      • Matthew Trigg, Australian Conservation Foundation
      • Lucy Turnbull, Turnbull & Partners
      • Jennifer Westacott, KPMG
      • Senator the Hon. Penny Wong
      • Mike Zorbas, Stockland

Please find below videos of the speakers from the 2010 summit ‘Australia @ 35 million’ session. We’ve also added a summary and some of the keynote presentations from BEMP 2009 here.

BEMP 2009

BEMP 2009 took place with the BEMP Summit on Wednesday 12 August and the Australia Award for Urban Design on Tuesday 11 August.

An integral part of BEMP 2009 was the collective discussion about the key principles of urban planning frameworks outlined in the consultation draft ‘Principles for Planning Sustainable Communities’ by The Allen Consulting Group.

The draft was revised following feedback collected at BEMP 2009 and further discussion encouraged via an online forum soon afterwards.

The speakers at BEMP 2009 were:

      • David Atkin, Cbus
      • The Hon Bruce Billson MP
      • Sharan Burrow, Australian Council of Trade Unions
      • Senator the Hon. Kim Carr
      • John Connor, The Climate Institute
      • Mark Dreyfus QC, MP
      • The Hon. Peter Garrett AM, MP
      • Prof. Brendan Gleeson, Griffith University
      • Don Henry, Australian Conservation Foundation
      • Sue Holliday, Built Environment Industry Innovation Council
      • The Hon. Greg Hunt MP
      • Senator Scott Ludlam
      • Brendan Lyon, Infrastructure Partnerships Australia
      • Senator Christine Milne
      • Scott Morrison MP
      • Chris Murphy, KPMG Econtech Pty Ltd
      • The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP
      • Bernie Ripoll MP
      • The Hon. Bill Shorten MP
      • John Tabart, Barangaroo Delivery Authority
      • The Hon. Lindsay Tanner MP
      • Mike Zorbas, Stockland

 

‘BEMP offers an opportunity to explore the economic, social, environmental and governance issues that help shape national prosperity.’