Sydney turned on a glorious winter day for the Cities for Us Summit on Wednesday 25 July.

160 participants from across local government, the development sector, not-for-profit housing providers, planners, community advocates and university researchers, shared information and knowledge, posed questions and challenged conventional wisdom.

In setting the scene for the Summit, Shelter's CEO Karen Walsh highlighted the issues of equity that we face as the Government's ambitious plans for urban renewal presses ahead. The "Equitable Density" report from the UNSW City Futures Research Centre, commissioned by Shelter NSW, found that increasing density often brings increasing inequality. It's therefore critical that as we begin to implement the vision of a "Metropolis of Three Cities", that vision must ensure a city that can provide a place for everyone in our community to thrive. Read Karen's speech from the Cities for Us Summit here.

We were pleased to hear from the Minister for Planning and Minister for Housing, the Hon. Anthony Roberts MP and the Chief Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission, Lucy Hughes Turnbull, speak of their commitment to respectful dialogue, collaboration and a unity of purpose. And we are pleased that the Minister has agreed to meet with Shelter NSW and SSROC to discuss the outcomes of the Summit.

Shelter would like to thank our Summit partners SSROC, Summit supporters UNSW City Futures Research Centre, the Committee for Sydney and the Planning Institute of Australia, the wonderful speakers and facilitators and Summit participants.

Read Andrew Taylor's Sydney Morning Herald article about the Summit, "Developers face levy to pay for infrastructure along Bankstown rail line" here