Bob Walshe. Thank you very much, Barry. It only remains for me to introduce our MC or Moderator for the remainder of the day, Paul Martin.

Introduction of Moderator, Paul Martin

Paul is the Managing Partner of the Profit Foundation, which is a strategic advisor to enterprises engaged in new technology, new markets and, as they put it, turbulent environments. The Profit Foundation has undertaken more than 140 projects for both government and private industry. Paul has been senior visiting fellow of the Australian Graduate School of Management, and currently Paul is chair of the Southern Catchment Management Board which cares for catchments that stretch from Port Hacking through the Royal National Park and all the way down to Nowra, Jervis Bay and the Shoalhaven. So it’s a pleasure to hand over to Paul, and I do so in the confidence that – by five o’clock this afternoon we shall have solved all of Sydney’s urban problems!

Paul Martin

Forum Moderator

We aim throughout the day to fit in a good deal of audience response and questions. Transcripts will be made of the speeches and the responses, and these will in due course be available on the internet or in print.

The Keynote Address to the Forum will be delivered by our international visitor, Professor Dirk Bolt. Born in the Netherlands, Dirk has practised not only there but in many other parts of the world as an architect and town planner, not least in Canberra, Tasmania and New Zealand. His work laid the foundation for the current Local Transport Performance program of the Netherlands Initiative for Energy and the Environment. Latterly he has been a consultant on urban development in the European Union. His talk is titled, "Livable Communities and Urban Forum".