FREMANTLE’S bid to hold the International Cities, Town Centres and Communities Society (ICTC) conference in the City has been successful after it was announced at an event in Melbourne last week.
About 300 of Australia’s leading specialists in urban renewal and town planning will join experts from around the world for the international conference next year.
Fremantle deputy mayor Ingrid Waltham, who in Melbourne to receive the good news and address the audience, said it was the result of a very long and competitive process.
“This will be a wonderful way to showcase all the terrific local development and planning projects taking place in our progressive port city,” she said.
ICTC Society director Renee O’Halloran said Fremantle was selected as the host city in 2018 because it was a unique city with a dynamic offering.
“Attendees are particularly looking for examples where businesses, community, planners, developers and government are effectively collaborating to help deliver people-centric cities that offer the live, work, play, study and visit formula. Fremantle is a great example and is leading the way across Australia,” Ms O’Halloran said.
“There’s also a real sense of transformation on the horizon in Fremantle so we’re looking forward to showcasing the progress to delegates in late 2018.”
The City’s manager of economic development and marketing Tom Griffiths said the conference would provide a significant boost to the local economy.
“This event will attract around 300 delegates from all around Australia over three days, generating approximately 1000 room nights, as well as delegate expenditure on meals, entertainment and gifts,” Mr Griffiths said.
“It will also provide an opportunity for Fremantle to showcase our successful urban renewal projects and our great city to industry professionals from around Australia.”
The ICTC Society is a national organisation that facilitates world’s best practice in the planning, development and management of cities, towns and communities with a focus on public spaces and infrastructure.