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.
- 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
Local Councils, with responsibility for:
- Economic development
- Place making
- Urban design
- Strategic planning
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
City of Port Phillip
Peter has over 25 years’ experience working in the public sector at all three levels of Government in Australia where he has held senior management roles in the Federal Government, NSW and SA State Governments and in Local Government in both Adelaide and now as the CEO at the City of Port Phillip in Melbourne, Victoria.
Peter is passionate about community engagement and building community capacity and resilience through co-creation with Governments and has a relentless focus on achieving better outcomes for the communities that he works with and on providing better value for customers and recipients of Government services. He has spent many years reforming Government services to deliver better value and is a leading advocate of place based approaches to achieve this.
His strengths include strategy, governance, placemaking, housing and urban development, leadership development and organisational change. He has also worked as an adjunct professor where he has spent over ten years teaching MBA students strategy and leadership in Hong Kong and Singapore.
Peter also has considerable experience as a Board Director on Government and NFP Boards, including past chair of Place Leaders Asia Pacific. Most recently he worked as an Asia Pacific representative on the international Future of Places Advisory Board which worked directly with UN Habitat to recognise and establish the importance of public space within the new Urban Agenda of the UN.
Narelle Hutchins is an architect and customer experience strategist who is passionate about creating destinations that connect with their communities & visitors and deliver value to owners. Her twenty year career includes roles in building design, interiors, design management, customer experience and place making in Australia and the UK.
Narelle is currently Head of Place Strategy and Design at AMP Capital, one of the largest real estate fund managers in Asia Pacific.
Since authoring AMP Capital’s place strategy four years ago, she has overseen the successful implementation of this strategy across Australia and New Zealand including landmark retail destinations like Macquarie Centre in Sydney and Pacific Fair on the Gold Coast. A place-led approach is integral to the way AMP Capital are developing new landmarks such as Garden City and Karrinyup in Perth and Quay Quarter at Circular Quay, Sydney. Each property is customised to suit the local market, welcoming customers to much loved places they want to return to again and again.
In 2016, AMP Capital was internationally-recognised for its placemaking approach at the DMI Design Value Awards in Boston—the first Australian property company to do so.
NSW Small Business Commissioner
As the NSW Small Business Commissioner Robyn Hobbs OAM, leads a team that provides advocacy, dispute resolution and business support services for small businesses in New
Robyn has worked in a diverse range of sectors and has held senior executive positions with the State Chamber of Commerce, Sydney Opera House, and the City of Sydney and is a passionate place maker.
Robyn received an OAM in 2009 for her services to the community founding Carols in the Domain and raising funds for the Salvation Army.
City of Parramatta
Bruce Mills is the Manager of the Place Services team at City of Parramatta Council, a team of 13 officers focusing on delivering place-making outcomes across the City and neighbourhoods of the City of Parramatta Local Government Area. Prior to his current role, Bruce started at Council in Economic Development as a City Marketing Officer, then as a Place Manager. Before that Bruce worked in the private sector, mostly in legal services, in Product Management, Marketing and Management roles. Bruce has also seen both sides of local government, serving as an elected Councillor for four years at Hornsby Shire Council.
Essential Economics is a leading consultancy in the economic analysis of ‘people, places and spaces’. Our practical approach to urban and regional economic analysis is focused on providing private and public sector clients, in Australia and internationally, with robust advice that informs decision-making. We work across a variety of fields in both the public and private sectors and have extensive experience working with State and Local governments. Essential Economics delivers real-world economics that is both practical and understandable.
Our experience in town centre analysis includes informing and developing policy for Government, as well as advice for our private clients including major retailers, developers and investors. Projects range from economic impact assessments and investment attraction strategies, through to demographic analysis, market feasibility and location planning. We undertake robust analysis supported by the expertise provided by over 20-years of experience in land use planning and development.
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.”Senior Urban Designer, Mirvac & Higher Density Living 2017 conference attendee
Date: 22 Jan 2018 By: Josephine O'Brien
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