Engaging stakeholders to build economically vibrant town & suburban centres
Conference Date
14th & 15th March 2018
Location
Mantra Parramatta, Sydney
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Day 1 - Wednesday 14th March, 2018

8:30
Registration, coffee & networking
9:00
Welcome remarks from the Chair
Bruce Mills
Manager, Place Services
City of Parramatta
9:10
Revitalising Newcastle as a major regional city
  • Newcastle’s smart city strategy
  • Leveraging off light rail
  • Sharing place making and business development approaches towards Newcastle’s revitalisation
Greg Fenwick
Economic Development Facilitator
City of Newcastle
9:50
Selling the dream – Demonstrating the economic benefits of town centre revitalisation
  • How town centre’s have an important role in responding to the economic challenges of cities
  • The economic opportunities for town centres arising from demographic change and evolving community need
  • Tools that practitioners can use to sell the benefits of town centre investment to policy makers and the community
Sean Stephens
Managing Partner
Essential Economics
10:30
SPEED NETWORKING

Meet valuable contacts, set up future conversations, exchange business cards with fellow attendees in an interactive format

10:50
Morning tea & networking
11:20
Empowering businesses & retailers to boost a centre economy
  • Strategies to facilitate the success of retailers/small business
  • Sharing the work of the Newtown/Enmore precinct
  • Outcomes of the Newtown Cooperative Shared Space
Duncan Gilchrist
Economic Development Manager
Inner West Council
12:00
PANEL DISCUSSION: Creating sustainable & adaptable town centres
  • Exploring the movement to smart cities and smart technology
  • How to consider future technologies in planning & design
  • Strategies to ensure town centres can adapt to future changes
Greg Fenwick
Economic Development Facilitator
City of Newcastle
Jamie Franklin
Manager, Design and Placemaking Services
Sunshine Coast Council
Duncan Gilchrist
Economic Development Manager
Inner West Council
12:40
Networking lunch
1:40
Realising the benefits of a great street network
  • Creating connected street networks to determine urbanity, walkability, interest and economic spend
  • Examining the function of a street as a wider network
  • Achieving permeability
Jan McCredie
Service Manager, Urban Design Outcomes and Development
City of Parramatta
2:20
Demonstrating strategies to enhance & activate a major city
  • Creating adaptable and vibrant streetscapes
  • Working with local communities and stakeholders
  • Design, planning & place making strategies
Shawn Day
Economic Development Manager
Brisbane City Council
3:00
Afternoon tea & networking
3:30
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: Managing the disconnect between planning, design & market reality
  • Understanding what’s really driving the market
  • What could be stopping buy-in from developers?
  • How can sites be unlocked to maximise opportunities?
4:10
Transportation or transformation – Maximising opportunities from Sydney Metro
  • Developing town centres around major transport development
  • Examining how the dynamics of the centre change
  • Strategies and approaches to maximise opportunities
Valerie Giammarco
Manager City Design
City of Canterbury Bankstown
4:50
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of day one
17:00
Networking Drinks

Day 2 - Thursday 15th March, 2018

8:00
Welcome, coffee & networking
8:30
Welcome remarks from the Chair
Bruce Mills
Manager, Place Services
City of Parramatta
8:40
CASE STUDY: Rouse Hill Town Centre
  • Realising the goals, wants and needs for effective retail development
  • Finding the balance between a retail shopping centre and a town centre
Ken Knox
Development Director, Retail & Mixed Use Development
The GPT Group
Understanding & working with stakeholders better
9:20
Making it easy to do business
  • Sharing the red tape issues that hinder business development and possible solutions
  • How we want council to work with us for mutual gain
Robyn Hobbs OAM
NSW Small Business Commissioner
10:00
Morning tea & networking
10:30
PANEL DISCUSSION: Understanding stakeholder expectations
  • Understanding the perspectives of key stakeholder groups – what we want out of our town centres
  • How can council work with stakeholders better?
Jane Fitzgerald
NSW Executive Director
Property Council of Australia
Russell Zimmerman
Executive Director
Australian Retailers Association
11:10
Working together – Leveraging partners & stakeholders to achieve great street outcomes
  • Demonstrating recent projects in Port Phillip which show the importance of engaging partners and stakeholders to upgrade public infrastructure
Damian Dewar
Manager, Place & Design
City of Port Phillip
11:50
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: Identifying & overcoming common barriers to town renewal & activation

This group discussion will address the common challenges and barriers to town centre revitalisation. What are the key actions we can implement to drive positive change?

Sean Stephens
Managing Partner
Essential Economics
12:30
Networking lunch
Realising the benefits of a place making approach
1:30
Benefits of a place making approach to creating & improving retail & leisure destinations
  • Creating meaningful experiences for customers – shoppers, tenants and owners
  • Retail and leisure destinations as community hubs
  • Sharing leading examples and benefits of this approach for communities and businesses
Narelle Hutchins
Head of Place Strategy & Design
AMP Capital
2:10
KEYNOTE: Embedding a place making approach at City of Port Phillip
  • Sharing the importance of a place making approach
  • Examples and successes at City of Port Phillip
Peter Smith
Chief Executive Officer
City of Port Phillip
2:50
Afternoon tea & networking
3:10
How can a place making approach empower communities to activate their centre?
  • Starting with a place health audit of activity centres to determine their health against quadruple bottom line approach
  • Using deep engagement to start the journey to community empowerment
  • Examples and learnings from the Sunshine Coast of how a place making approach can deliver change
Jamie Franklin
Manager, Design and Placemaking Services
Sunshine Coast Council
3:50
Embedding a place making approach
  • Examining a place based approach which has evolved over 10 years in a fast moving urban renewal context
  • Responding to development phases with relevant place based initiatives
  • Involving the community
  • Embedding local narratives
  • Leveraging continual small changes, understanding place drivers and using data effectively
Jenny Pemberton-Webb
Place Manager, Activity Centre’s Revitalisation Team
City of Greater Dandenong
4:30
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of Conference
Workshop A: Walking Tour – Exploring Parramatta’s place making initiatives
Tuesday 13th March 2018, 2:00pm - 5:00pm

The Walking Tour

Parramatta is an inspiring example of urban redevelopment. It’s place management services are central to the city making and city management agendas of Sydney’s dual-core CBD. In this walking study tour, attendees will be led through Parramatta’s impressive place making initiatives, focusing on heritage, culture and major urban projects.

Starting with an opening presentation at Parramatta Town Hall, Bruce and his Place Services Team will lead small groups through 13 different locations including Eat Street, the Heritage Centre, the River Foreshore, Lancer Barracks, Wigram Street Harris Park. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss each location with subject matter experts in the place services team.

* This will commence at 1.30pm for a 2.00pm start from Parramatta Town Hall.

* Refreshments provided

Price: $399 + GST

Locations
  • Parramatta Town Hall
  • Centenary Square
  • St John’s Church
  • Eat Street
  • Heritage Centre/Lennox Bridge
  • The River Foreshore
  • Riverside Theatres
  • Eat Street car park
  • Erby Pocket park
  • Western Sydney University
  • Lancer Barracks
  • Harris Park dining precinct

Bruce Mills
Manager, Place Services
City of Parramatta
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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