As Australia’s population continues to grow and evolve, diverse and high-quality housing options are vital in catering to the changing needs of communities. In 2020, issues such as densification, sustainability, affordability and the pursuit of the “missing middle” are more salient than ever before.
The 4th Delivering Housing Density & Diversity conference will bring together local councils, state planning authorities, architects and the property world to address how housing density and diversity can deliver much-needed housing for an evolving Australia. The event will also consider key issues in design, development and planning while working to showcase how stakeholders can work together to deliver quality housing options for diverse communities.
Overcome your hurdles, hear insights & network with peers on
- Future-proofing high density living to build sustainable homes
- Innovating to create more sustainable and affordable housing models that cater to changing community needs
- Understanding planning and design guidelines to best incentivise investment in missing middle housing
- Drafting effective housing plans and initiatives to align growth with unique local strategic visions
State government representatives, developers, architects, designers and local councils with responsibility for:
- Strategic Planning
- Development Assessment
- Urban Design and Urban Strategy
- Urban Development
- City Planning
- City Development
- City Design and Place Planning
- Strategic Land Use
- Urban Projects
Attend to learn:
- Explore successful strategies to deliver housing density & diversity
- Drive high-quality design for the “missing middle”
- Leverage alternative housing models to promote affordability & sustainability
- Support growth by aligning planning, infrastructure and transport
Minister for Water, Property and Housing
Melinda Pavey is the New South Wales Minister for Water, Property and Housing, appointed in April 2019 under the Berejiklian-Barilaro Government.
Minister Pavey has been a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly since 2015, representing the seat of Oxley for The Nationals.
Melinda previously served as the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight. (2017-2019) and was the first woman to hold this Ministerial position. She was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council (2002-2015). She also served as the Shadow spokesperson for Emergency Services and the Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Health.
Melinda’s career began in radio journalism at 2UW in Sydney. In 1988, she moved into politics as a media officer for Matt Singleton, the then NSW Minister for Administrative Services. Over the next decade, she worked for a number of MPs, including Deputy Premier Wal Murray (1990–1993), Minister for Consumer Affairs Wendy Machin (1993–1994) and National Party leader Ian Armstrong (1994–1997).
Melinda grew up on a dairy farm in regional Victoria. She has two children and enjoys surf lifesaving, netball and bike riding. As a country girl, Melinda is passionate about advocating for rural communities and issues that matter to families across the state.
Office of Queensland Government Architect
Malcolm Middleton was appointed as Queensland’s third Government Architect in July 2011 and in this role he is an advocate for the recognition of the value to all projects through well considered design processes. He provides project advice and undertakes design reviews for projects across many areas of government as well as chairing the Queensland Urban Design and Places Panel.
He also represents the interests of government on many external panels including the Design Development and Integrity Panel of Brisbane Airport Corporation, the Professional Advisory Panel of Griffith University Architecture School and the Building and Grounds senate committee at UQ.
Malcolm has an honours degree in Architecture from the University of Sydney a Masters in Urban Design from QUT and is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects.
In 2011 he served as the Director of the Australian Institute of Architects State Awards program providing him with a comprehensive overview of architectural standards across the State. Additionally he is a former member of the Queensland Heritage Council, served on the South Bank Design Advisory Panel for six years and is a former Queensland State President of the Property Council.
He came to Brisbane in 1981 and prior to his appointment as Government Architect had been a private practitioner for almost thirty years. In that capacity he was joint project director for the Roma Street Parkland and project director for the recently completed Hinze Dam Visitor Centre and Parkland, both multi award winning projects. He was awarded an OAM for services to childrens welfare organisations and architecture in 2010.
HIP V. HYPE
Founder of HIP V. HYPE, Liam is a creative entrepreneur who believes in the power of design thinking to resolve intuitive solutions to project delivery and value creation. He is passionate about cities and is driven by a desire to achieve better, more balanced outcomes. Since establishing HIP V. HYPE in 2002, Liam has refined a design led approach to business that seeks to shape and enhance the social, environmental and economic fabric of our cities through informed, responsive and collaborative design and development solutions. Liam played an important role in the establishment and delivery of the first 2 Nightingale Model Projects along with the Nightingale Model itself and has an active interest in alternative procurement models which seek to rebalance project outcomes towards people and planet.
Environment Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate
Lea Durie is the Executive Branch Manager – Urban Renewal in ACT Government’s Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate. Lea leads the delivery of urban renewal projects in Canberra’s changing landscape, covering a range of scales and initiatives, from small scale high impact placemaking to large complex urban development precincts and including improving housing choices and eradication of loose-fill asbestos from the ACT.
These projects involve the coordination of policy outcomes, untangling of complex issues, and high levels of community, industry and technical engagement from inception through to construction and activation.
Lea has worked in various roles in government leading teams to deliver place activation, land development and high quality place design outcomes for local and state government and the private sector. Lea is committed to design excellence, sustainability and making places that are exciting, inclusive and responsive to a changing community and climate.
What People Are Saying
“I enjoyed attending the conference and was delighted to hear from a range of speakers who presented on topics of relevance to my strategic planning work in local government.”Senior Project Manager, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Previous Housing Density conference attendee
“Great speakers, interesting content and an intimate group of professionals. One of the best conferences I’ve attended in a long time.”Senior Urban Designer, MIRVAC, Previous Housing Density conference attendee
Date: 8 Mar 2017 By: Darren Camilleri
I have attended many conferences about higher density living. Much of the discourse centres around best practice design, with the audience taken through exemplary flagship projects. New innovative approaches are showcased. These discussions are valuable. They lead to shared learnings and enhanced inspiration for what we, as a profession, can achieve. As a statutory planner …
Date: 7 Apr 2016 By: Wendy Sarkissian
I want to explain about the turbulent river of so-called NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) behaviour and opposition to higher density housing and its two tributaries: 1. Insensitive housing design that reflects a lack of understanding of the significance of “home” in our lives; and 2. Insensitive community engagement processes that are inadequate in …
Date: 28 Feb 2016 By: Josephine O'Brien
High-rise apartment towers are being built in central Melbourne at four times the maximum densities allowed in Hong Kong, New York and Tokyo – some of the highest density cities in the world. According to research conducted by Leanne Hodyl, 2014 Churchill Fellow, increasing the supply of housing in the central city close to jobs …
Date: 14 Feb 2016 By: Caroline Stalker
The emphasis of ‘liveability’ in high density housing is most commonly placed on the quality of fittings, finishes, layout etc. of the apartment; but the quality and design of shared spaces and how they connect with the city are still the most commonly underemphasised in the design and delivery of high density housing, despite all …