Town and city centres are the cornerstone of social, cultural, and economic growth within a local community. Strategic design plays a critical role in ensuring that these public spaces are vibrant and well-integrated, so it is essential that all levels of government to develop thriving spaces for residents, workers, and visitors to enjoy.
The 3rd Annual Revitalising Town & City Centres conference will tackle the challenges of placemaking and city activation in order to improve our public environments and boost local economies. Hear from industry leaders and discover best practices to enhance community consultation, improve the rollout of cross-government projects and streamline both small and large-scale activations, irrespective of your resources or population size.
Overcome hurdles, hear insights & network with peers on
- Creating spaces with a purpose beyond ‘liveability’
- Empowering women & supporting diversity through placemaking
- Collaborating with local government & the private sector to solve key problems for strategic centres
- Developing smart city initiatives using smart technology & data to provide greater public value
How did delegates benefit at the 2019 Town & City Centres conference?
- 95% would recommend this conference to their industry peers
- 93% referred to the event as excellent platform to address challenges & create viable strategies
- 90% appreciated the many networking opportunities
Who will attend?
Local Councils & State Governments with responsibilities for:
- Strategic Planning
- Economic Development
- Urban Planning, Town Planning, Urban Design, City Design, Town Design
- Strategic Projects
- Place Making, Strategy, Planning, Management
- Planning Consultants, Property Developers and Architects
Attend to learn:
- Engage the community for greater public ownership of place
- Improve government & cross-council collaboration
- Innovate for smarter city initiatives
- Strategise for long-term resilience & sustainability
Christchurch City Council
Michael’s interest in the use of technology and innovation to make improvements for business and the community has underpinned his work across both public and private sectors. He is focused on finding solutions and developing new ideas in partnership with the community that make a real impact in the region and around the country. Christchurch is a leader in New Zealand innovation and, through the Christchurch City Council’s Smart Christchurch programme, Michael is excited to play a part in making Christchurch a better place to be.
Greater Sydney Commission
Greg has over 30 years’ experience in urban planning including as Director of 2 Sydney Metropolitan Councils and as Planning Manager for a major property development company.
Greg is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and has been Vice President of the Institute as well as serving on numerous Ministerial and State Government committees. His passion is the urban design of cities and places and working with people to achieve the best planning outcomes.
City of Canning
Tomaree Business Chamber
What People Are Saying
“Well organised, excellent speakers and highly engaging!“District Manager - South, Thames-Coromandel District Council
“I would recommend Criterion Conference to stage any conference to my colleges, professional, well run event in great facilities, first class“CBD Activation Officer, Townsville City Council
“The Revitalising Town & City Centres Conference was a fantastic immersion in what is current today across Australia and provided great insights and inspiration for the future of economic development. Well done Criterion.”Regional Manager, NSW Business Chamber
Date: 9 Mar 2020 By: Criterion Content Team
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Endorsers & Media Partners
Institute of Place Management
The Institute of Place Management is the international professional body and learned society for people who make better places. Part of Manchester Metropolitan University, in the UK, but with its own constitution to serve its membership, IPM is the leading authority on evidence-based approaches to managing change in town and city centres, high streets and main streets, through partnership.
The IPM undertakes research, publishes the peer-reviewed Journal of Place Management and Development, taken by over 2,000 institutions worldwide and offers the only MSc in Place Management and Leadership currently available. The IPM is open to membership for any individual or organisation that wants to join our international community of place professionals.
Mainstreet Australia was established to provide a forum for information exchange, networking and professional development for the people, businesses and projects in Australia’s traditional main streets and town centres.
It was also recognised that businesses and their business associations needed a collective voice to advocate to other stakeholders and government on their behalf to work to address issues of concern, capitalise on innovations and opportunities and promote what is special and unique about main streets and town centres.
Mainstreet Australia understands the industry challenges and provides guidance, leadership and opportunity to our members so that they have the confidence and ability to fulfil their role and positively contribute to the success of their main street.