Driving a holistic approach for socially & economically vibrant town & city centres
Conference Date
25th & 26th June 2019
Location
PARKROYAL Parramatta
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Day 1 - Tuesday 25th June, 2019

8:00
Registration, coffee & networking
8:30
Welcome remarks from the Chair
Bruce Mills
Manager Place Services
City of Parramatta NSW
8:40
OPENING KEYNOTE: Town centre renewal & its potential for rebalancing the economies & liveability of major cities
  • Identifying the challenge and outlining the drivers behind an increasing geographical economic imbalance and how local governments can better manage this transition
  • Outlining the thirteen key features critical to delivering a town centre that is both economically and socially vibrant
  • Addressing common barriers for renewal facing policy makers as they seek to renew their town centres
  • A pathway to reform – key recommendations for a process the local government can follow while working with state government to drive town centre renewal from auditing through to delivery and post delivery monitoring
Sam Stewart
Policy & Advocacy Officer
Committee of Sydney
Engaging with a wider range of stakeholders to reactivate town centres
9:20
CASE STUDY SPOTLIGHT: Revitalisation of the Capalaba town centre

Delivering a world-class, active, urban heart for Capalaba

In this session, you will hear from Mayor Karen Williams on the Capalaba town centre project and the revitalisation strategy to improve public transport access, provide a new library and community facilities and transform the precinct into a safe, innovative and environmentally sustainable town square.

Karen Williams
Mayor
Redland City Council QLD
10:00
SPEED NETWORKING

In this fun and interactive session, you will have the opportunity to meet fellow attendees and speakers in two minute bursts, to exchange business cards and set up conversations for the rest of the event.

10:30
Morning tea & networking
11:00
Dubbo region ignite: Increasing dwell time in the CBD through ‘lighter, quicker, cheaper’ activities
  • Getting buy-in through consultation to develop a truly community-owned plan
  • Pop up programs to drive seasonal CBD visitation
  • Cutting the internal red tape
Josie Howard
Manager Economic Development & Marketing
Dubbo Regional Council NSW
11:40
CASE STUDY: Activating precincts & main streets
  • How to run faster civic engagement and innovation experiments
  • How Parramatta’s first digital ‘smart street’ was built
  • How to support local businesses to create better places
Bruce Mills
Manager Place Services
City of Parramatta NSW
12:40
Networking lunch
1:40
INTERACTIVE ROUNDTABLE SESSIONS

Roundtable A: Exploring successful place visioning and placemaking strategies

Roundtable B: Leveraging creative placemaking for sustainable, prosperous, inclusive, and resilient places

Roundtable C: Finding better space solutions, place curation and tactical urbanism

2:20
CASE STUDY: Ringwood as the strategic centre of activity
  • Driving community involvement and buy-in
  • Delivering successfully revitalisation through effective public-private partnerships
Nora Lamont
Councillor
Maroondah City Council VIC
3:00
Afternoon tea & networking
3:30
STAKEHOLDER PANEL DISCUSSION: Incorporating meaningful community engagement in strategic planning
  • Understanding the importance and driving engagement of community involvement and collaboration
  • Engaging early on broad concepts to allow time for impacted stakeholders to be brought along the journey
  • Addressing the internal and external challenges of long term strategic planning in a constantly changing global and local economic market
  • Balancing areas of negotiation, engagement and innovative ideas
Sam Stewart
Policy & Advocacy Officer
Committee of Sydney
Jacqueline Brinkman
Chief Executive Officer
Economic Development Australia
Jane Laverty
Regional Manager
NSW Business Chamber
4:10
Fostering partnerships with private sector to activate town centres
  • A shared vision is a critical first step to activation and this starts with mutual empathy
  • Town centres, their vibe and visual appeal, are the essential litmus test for any investor
  • How local councils can help create a business-friendly environment
Jane Laverty
Regional Manager
NSW Business Chamber
4:50
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of Day One

Day 2 - Wednesday 26th June, 2019

8:30
Welcome, coffee & networking
9:00
Welcome remarks from the Chair
Bruce Mills
Manager Place Services
City of Parramatta NSW
Taking a place-based approach to build resilient town centres
9:10
Planning liveable cities: A place-based approach to sequencing infrastructure & growth
  • Managing Australia’s projected population growth and preparing for the future
  • Addressing planning, funding and governance reforms to coordinate the delivery of new housing, additional infrastructure and services
  • Driving better collaboration across levels of government and the industry with a greater focus on strategic-level planning
Anna Bardsley
Associate Director of Policy & Research
Infrastructure Australia
9:50
SPOTLIGHT SESSION

In this interactive session, you will share your challenges, best practices and learn how your industry peers are tackling them.

10:30
Morning tea & networking
11:00
The role of design policy & guidance in the revitalisation of town centres
  • The role of the Government Architect
  • Better placed and greener places – policy for design and amenity in NSW
  • Focus on guidance provided by GANSW
  • Revitalising main streets and town centres in regional NSW
  • The role of movement and place in improving places across NSW
Jane Threlfall
Principal Urban Designer
Government Architect NSW
Marc Lane
Strategic Urban Designer
Government Architect NSW
11:50
CASE STUDY SPOTLIGHT: East Village development
  • Leveraging the opportunity of a mixed-use development placed at the heart of a town centre to activate town centres
Kerry Robinson
Chief Executive Officer
Blacktown City Council NSW
12:30
Networking lunch
1:30
The role of universities in revitalising town centres
  • Transitioning away from traditional campuses into ‘downtown’ vertical models, supported by digital technologies and shared interactive spaces
  • How CBD campuses are reshaping the way universities engage with the industry, community and government and the implications for the way cities evolve from both spatial, cultural and economic standpoints
  • Blurring the borders separating universities from the community to bring opportunities and challenges in the way civic and commercial spaces are conceived and revitalised
Dr Andy Marks
Assistant Vice Chancellor Strategy & Projects
Western Sydney University
2:10
Revitalising village centres – the challenges for local government
  •  Working with business and the local community to understand character and place
  • Testing growth scenarios and feasibility issues
  • Bringing plans to life
Norma Shankie-Williams
Strategic Planner
Willoughby City Council NSW
2:50
Afternoon tea & networking
3:30
Transforming UK high streets through people, policy & partnerships
  • A synthesis of 30 years of research into the problems faced by UK high streets
  • What place leadership is and how UK policy has needed to change to support local decision making
  • Initiatives local partnerships lead that make a difference & lessons learnt
Dr Steve Millington
Director
Institute of Place Management
4:10
WORLD CAFE SESSION

Overlooking the current placemaking landscape, it is imperative to share and collaborate with your peers from the industry to learn from their best practices.

World Cafe sessions are interactively moderated discussion rounds where groups of delegates get the chance to address and debate common challenges, but also brainstorm their likely solution.

  • Table 1: Best practice techniques in placemaking
  • Table 2: Rethinking your local housing strategy to energise your town centres
  • Table 3: The role of design in revitalising a town centre
4:40
Presentation of viable strategies by world cafe table leaders
5:00
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of conference
Workshop A: Vital & viable main streets: Repositioning, reinventing, rebranding & restructuring
Thursday 27th June 2019, 9:00am – 12:00pm

The workshop

Mainstreets, downtowns, town centres and high streets are facing unprecedented challenges. With more shopping out-of-town and online, retailers failing, and consumers demanding more of an experience, our local centres are not the bustling hearts of the community that they once were.

Major research projects undertaken in the UK, by the Institute of Place Management, have identified the main structural causes of decline, and developed toolkits for places to understand what they need to prioritise, in order to restore vitality and viability.

Gain tangible strategies on

  • Getting the basics right – effective placemaking and place activation
  • Identifying more strategic interventions on repositioning, reinventing, rebranding and restructuring your centre, for long-term success

This workshop is part of the MSc Place Management and Leadership program at Manchester Metropolitan University.

* Refreshments provided

Price: $399 + GST

Dr Steve Millington
Director
Institute of Place Management
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Workshop B: Walking Tour – Exploring Parramatta’s placemaking initiatives – Smart Street
Thursday 27th June 2019, 1:30pm – 4:30pm

The walking tour

The city of Parramatta is in the midst the greatest growth boom in its history. $5B is anticipated to be invested in Parramatta in the next 10 years and a recent PwC study showed that Parramatta’s economic growth will nearly double, from 2.4 per cent to 4.6 per cent in five years. There’s a new Western Sydney Stadium, new Light Rail, and unprecedented private development. Parramatta is set to become Sydney’s Central City, a growth centre for population, culture, and commercial and government enterprises. Parramatta is Australia’s second oldest settlement after Sydney, founded on 2 November 1788. Parramatta is an inspiring example of urban redevelopment, a mix of the very old and the very new. It’s place management services are central to the city-making and city management agendas of Sydney’s dual-core CBD.

Starting in Parramatta’s Centenary Square standing at the location of the very first markets in Australia while viewing the under-construction adjacent $2B Parramatta Square, and finishing at the diverse South- Asian inspired Harris Park, walking study tour attendees will discover how a city manages the impact of such rapid change and growth. Walking tour attendees will be led through Parramatta’s impressive placemaking initiatives, focusing on heritage, culture, and major urban projects.

Gain tangible insights on

  • Managing rapid changes in residential density – how to do it and what won’t work
  • Getting the basics right – effective place-making and place activation
  • Putting community value first in decision-making – how to get organisational buy-in
  • View the construction of Parramatta’s first digital ‘Smart Street’, the first stage of an $11M transformation of the main city street

* Tour will commence at Centenary Square, Church St, Parramatta at 1:00pm for a 1:30pm start
* Refreshments provided

Price: $399 + GST

Bruce Mills
Manager Place Services
City of Parramatta NSW
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Key Speakers

Karen Williams
Mayor
Redland City Council QLD
Kerry Robinson
Chief Executive Officer
Blacktown City Council NSW
Sam Stewart
Policy & Advocacy Officer
Committee of Sydney
Nora Lamont
Councillor
Maroondah City Council VIC