Engaging stakeholders to build economically vibrant town & suburban centres
Conference Date
14th & 15th March 2018
Mantra Parramatta, Sydney
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Strategies to build vibrant town & suburban centres
Whether supporting growth or revitalising a struggling centre, there are common strategies, tools and approaches for maximising economic opportunities and meeting stakeholder expectations.

The Revitalising & Enhancing Town Centres conference will address how local council’s can work better with their stakeholders to develop town and suburban centres that are economically vibrant, sustainable and adaptable places.

Key learnings:
  • Understand and work with stakeholders better
  • Better manage the disconnect between planning, design & market reality
  • Realise the benefits of a place making approach
  • Unlock development potential to support growth and investment
  • Empower businesses and retailers to boost a centre economy
Who will attend?
Local Councils, with responsibility for:
  • Economic development
  • Place making
  • Urban design
  • Strategic planning
Along with state government representatives, developers, architects, designers and planning firms

Attend to learn:

  • Understand what stakeholders really want from their town centres
  • Engage, communicate and empower stakeholders to achieve positive outcomes
  • Learn from successful revitalisation approaches across large, regional & suburban centres
  • Better manage the disconnect between planning, design & market reality
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Key Speakers

Peter Smith
Chief Executive Officer
City of Port Phillip
Narelle Hutchins
Head of Place Strategy & Design
AMP Capital
Robyn Hobbs OAM
NSW Small Business Commissioner
Bruce Mills
Manager, Place Services
City of Parramatta


What People Are Saying

  • “Great speakers, interesting content and an intimate group of professionals. One of the best conferences I’ve attended in a long time.”

    David Head
    Senior Urban Designer, Mirvac & Higher Density Living 2017 conference attendee


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