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.
Bathurst Regional Council
Neil Southorn is the Director Environmental Planning and Building Services at Bathurst Regional Council, with previous roles of Director, Manager and Senior Strategic Planner at Griffith and Shoalhaven City Councils. Responsibility for urban design has been part of his role at each of these Councils. Prior to his work in local government, Neil was Lecturer and consultant in Agricultural Engineering at the Orange campus of the University of Sydney and at Hawkesbury Agricultural College. He has a Bachelor of Engineering, Master of Engineering Science and a PhD from his time in higher education. The family farm is located near Grenfell.
Moreland City Council
Tri Setyani is a Senior Urban Designer at Moreland City Council. She has worked as the project manager for Moreland Medium Density Review and in the past was also involved in the award-winning Moreland Apartment Design Code.
Tri has a combined background in architecture and urban design. She received her bachelor degree in architecture from Bandung Institute of Technology in Indonesia and a master degree in urban studies from Bauhaus University Weimar in Germany. Prior to working with Moreland she has worked with Nature Architekten in Germany, DP Architects in Singapore, Allen Jack and Cottier in Sydney and Hayball Architects in Melbourne.
Moreland City Council
Vita Galante is a Planning Coordinator in the statutory planning team at Moreland City Council. Vita led the implementation of the Moreland Design Excellence Scorecard, an innovative tool that establishes a benchmark and defines design excellence in development.
Vita completed a Bachelor of Environments at the University of Melbourne and has almost 10 years’ experience in the planning field. She enjoys providing input into strategic planning policy reviews and urban design frameworks to ensure that new policy is both clear and achievable.
City of Canterbury Bankstown
Simon has almost two decades of experience as a manager, director and advisor on major planning, policy, economic development and infrastructure projects across the private and public sector.
With experience in strategy and policy development, public administration, regulatory reform, project management and leadership, Simon has developed an essential set of skills relevant to public and private sector. A former adviser to the Secretary and Minister for Planning, Simon has a practical understanding into the machinery of government at State and local levels.
Simon currently leads the planning division at the City of Canterbury Bankstown. As a local government area with a significant population base that is undergoing rapid change, he has a clear focus on positively guiding growth across the city and delivering contemporary and innovative solutions to its resident and business community.
Office of the Victorian Government Architect
Katherine Sundermann is an Associate Director at MGS Architects, leading masterplan projects for universities, creative employment areas and housing precincts. Drawing on her experience working as an architect and urban designer in Australia, Germany and the Netherlands, Katherine is passionate about promoting ‘deliberative development’ models in Australia, to help create more diverse and inclusive neighbourhoods. Together with Andy Fergus and Alexis Kalagas, Katherine is a finalist of the City of Sydney’s Housing Ideas Challenge, with a housing model that brings Zurich-style cooperative housing to Australia
City of Willoughby
Norma began her career as a planner in 1976 having graduated from Nottingham Trent and Salford Universities in the UK.
She worked in rural and metropolitan councils before emigrating to Australia with her young family in1989. She has worked in Local Government, State Government and the private sector here in Sydney.
While with NSW State Government she was involved in a wide range of projects over a 20 year career including major policy and legislative reforms, production of the first regional strategies across NSW and two Metropolitan Strategies.
Norma is a strong advocate for health and wellbeing as a key consideration in planning and is the Chair of the NSW Healthy Planning Expert Working Group.
Now back in local government Norma is reminded every day about how challenging it is to bring everything together at the local level to make the good stuff happen.
Government Architect NSW
Alicia Pozniak is an architect, Senior Design and Research Advisor at Government Architect NSW (GANSW) in the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and returning sessional academic at the University of Technology Sydney. Her architectural career experience spans 15 years of working as both a sole-practitioner, and in a number of Sydney practices on a wide range of residential, commercial, hospitality and education projects.
She has also lived in London, New York, and undertaken post-graduate studies at Yale University’s School of Architecture across interdisciplinary fields of urban design, planning and environmental studies. Her research interests lie in understanding the cultural and political conditions that shape housing and urbanism, with particular focus on how government policy and home ownership ideology has influenced predominant housing forms in Sydney, and marginalised others. At UTS she guides the exploration of alternative housing models and new prototypes to meet the needs of changing demographics.
At GANSW, her role involves the research and development of place-based design approaches, guidance and promoting housing diversity for policy, projects and precincts.
City of Whittlesea
Fiona Henningsen is the Team Leader Urban Design at the City of Whittlesea. Fiona has worked as an urban designer in local government since 2006 and prior to that as an architect in private practice. Fiona has worked on projects in both established and growth areas and assisted in the development of the City of Whittlesea’s Housing Diversity Strategy. She has worked to improve housing design quality through planning policy, local design guidelines and character studies. Fiona has a passion for understanding, responding to and strengthening the qualities of place through a collaborative approach to urban design.
City of Whittlesea
City of Parramatta
Moonee Valley City Council
Corina is a Senior Strategic Planner in the City Futures Department at Moonee Valley City Council. She was heavily involved in the development of the MV2040 Strategy and the implementation of neighbourhood planning across the municipality. She has diverse international experience in policy and implementation, having previously worked in the community development and bilingual education space. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) and a Masters in Urban Planning.
Hume City Council
Right Angle Studio
Barnaby is a leading urban thinker and Senior Editor at Right Angle Studio. He brings a unique combination of publishing, architecture, and urban research to his work. In 2019 he finished his thesis examining the role of temporary urban projects in post-earthquake Christchurch and was appointed the Creative Director of the Sydney Architecture Festival, focusing on the problem of housing affordability. Barnaby is the co-founder of Freerange Press a publishing company that has produced over 20 books on cities, design, and politics. He has taught design and architecture studios in universities around Australia and New Zealand including RMIT and UTS and is widely published. He was recently appointed Adjunct Fellow at the Design Innovation Research Centre at UTS.