The Revitalising Town & City Centres conference has accreditation of CPD points from the Institute of Place Management.
The Revitalising Town & City Centres Conference will explore placemaking and place activation for the overall community delivery and also delve into how councils can work better with their stakeholders in energising the health and vitality of their town centres as a means to boost the local economy and the amenity of residents.
Overcome your hurdles, hear insights & network with peers on
- Engaging successfully with a wider range of stakeholders
- Delivering a world-class urban city centre
- Building effective public-private partnerships
- Finding better space solutions
- 95% of participants would recommend this conference to their industry peers
- 93% of participants referred to the event as an excellent platform to address challenges & create viable strategies
- 90% of attendees appreciated the many networking opportunities networking opportunities
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, Place Strategy, Place Planning & Place Management
- Planning Consultants, Property Developers & Architects
Attend to learn:
- Understand & engage with a wider range of stakeholders
- Take a place-based approach for positive outcomes
- Maximise on public-private partnerships
Redland City Council QLD
Councillor Karen Williams was sworn in as Mayor of Redland City on May 15, 2012 with a commitment to enhancing the cultural, social and economic capital of Redland City. She was re- elected in 2016 for a second term as civic leader.
Born and raised on her family’s farm in Capalaba, Cr Williams was formerly the Councillor for Division 9 (Capalaba) where, over two consecutive terms (2004-2012), she worked hard to deliver vital community infrastructure including the Capalaba Skate Park and disability housing. She also established and facilitated a volunteer mentoring program for students at risk of disengaging from school. This has now been rolled out to other regions.
With a background in business, finance and entertainment, Cr Williams also offers a long association with RedFest (formerly the Redland Strawberry Festival) and was part of the executive that saved this vital community event from extinction.
She believes Redlands Coast is the best place to live, work, learn, play and invest and is dedicated to making sure that Redland City is recognised as the jewel in the crown of South East Queensland with assets including the island communities of North Stradbroke Island, Russell Island, Macleay Island, Lamb Island, Karragarra Island and Coochiemudlo Island.
Cr Williams prides herself for her strong, caring and inclusive community focus, for being hard working and getting the job done. Her top priorities are: Continuing to put the people of Redland City first; identifying efficiencies within Council to ensure it is even more responsive to the people; tackling cost of living issues; building a new economy based on innovation; supporting local business and attracting new business investment and new jobs to the Redlands; turning challenges into opportunities for the city and its residents; building partnerships to address the backlog of infrastructure; and putting Redlands Coast on a sound long-term financial footing.
Cr Williams is Patron of 26 community organisations. She is a Trustee of CEDA – Committee for Economic Development of Australia, a member of the Local Government Association of Queensland Policy Executive, Executive Member of the Council of Mayors (South East Queensland) and Australian Local Government Association. Other roles include:
- Director – Healthy Land and Water
- Board Member – Local Government Mutual Services
- Board Member – Economic Development Advisory Board
- Member – South East Queensland Regional Plan Committee
- Member – South East Queensland Council of Mayors Resilient Rivers Taskforce
- Chair – Local Disaster Management Group
- Member – Australian Government Local Government Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Prevention Project Reference Committee
- Deputy Chair – South East Queensland Council of Mayors Waste Working Group
Blacktown City Council NSW
Kerry has broad experience in town planning, valuation, real estate, property development and local government. He has held senior roles in corporates such as Raine & Horne Commercial, Delfin Property Group and Lend Lease Development.
While General Manager with Landcom and UrbanGrowth NSW, he was responsible for the delivery of more than $1.5 billion of real estate, including: master planned communities such as The Ponds in Blacktown and Vantage in Port Stephens; major industrial projects; and the Rouse Hill Town Centre.
As Chief Executive Officer of Blacktown City Council, Kerry leads 2,140 staff providing services to a community of 350,000 people; the 5th largest Council in Australia. With assets of $7.5B and an annual budget of $610M, Council has more than 40 business lines: from cemeteries to child care and from aquatics to regulatory functions.
Kerry has taught at the University of New South Wales and worked at Parramatta and Bathurst councils. He is:
- a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
- Deputy Chairman of Blacktown Mount Druitt Hospitals Foundation
- Deputy Chairman of Blacktown Venue Management Limited
- a Board Member of CivicRisk Mutual
- a non-Executive Director of Link Housing Limited
- an Advisory Panel Member of the City Futures Research Centre at University of New South Wales
- Chair of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils General Manager’s Forum
- Special Advisor to the Board of the Committee for Sydney on Town Centre Renewal
- a Justice of the Peace.
Committee of Sydney
Sam Stewart joined the Committee for Sydney in 2017 and oversees both their Transport Taskforce and Knowledge Economy Taskforce. He has authored and worked on numerous reports for the Committee, including Re-Balancing the City: Town Centre Renewal for Sydney. Prior to working for the Committee, Sam held a variety of high-profile roles in public policy, media and government. He was formerly the Manager of Policy at The McKell Institute and prior to that was both a Ministerial Advisor in the Northern Territory Parliament and as a staffer to a former Australian Senator. He is passionate about city planning, urban design, housing affordability and transport policy.
Maroondah City Council VIC
Councillor Nora Lamont was first elected to Maroondah City Council in 2008, and has represented the Mullum Ward, home to the Ringwood Metropolitan Activity Centre, continuously since this time. Nora has served as Mayor in 2012-13, Deputy Mayor in 2016-17, and Mayor in 2017-18. She became the first female Councillor to hold the position of Mayor for two terms.
Nora has over 25 year’s experience in government both overseas and in Australia. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science, a Masters Degree in Public Administration, and Graduate Certificates in Migration Law & Practice, and in Planning. With lifelong ties to the Maroondah region, Nora is active in the local community, and she has a keen interest in disability services, women’s rights and supporting sporting clubs.
Nora chaired the Maroondah Disability Advisory Committee for seven years, and currently represents Council on the Maroondah Community Safety Committee, Maroondah Age-Friendly Cities & Communities Network, and the Victorian Local Government Women’s Charter. Nora is passionate about the future of Ringwood and the social, economic and community benefits that will be generated as it fulfils the Victorian Government’s vision as a Metropolitan Activity Centre.
What People Are Saying
“A refreshing approach to conferencing. The perfect balance of informative sessions, networking and round table discussions that provided you with a wealth of take outs over the two days.”Economic Development Officer, Dubbo Regional Council & Revitalising & Enhancing Town Centres 2018 Conference Attendee
“Very thought provoking and well-organised conference with a great selection of speakers representing best practice in place making across Australia. The conference was very informative for me as a practitioner in this space and worth the trip from New Zealand.”Senior Urban Strategy Planner, Tauranga City Council
Date: 23 Apr 2019 By: Ash Natesh
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Date: 3 Apr 2019 By: Ash Natesh
The Capalaba Town Centre Revitalisation Project aims to deliver a world class active urban plan for the heart of Capalaba. The council is seeking the expertise and creativity of the development industry to provide high quality development outcomes in the 2.05 hectare site which is located within the commercial hub of Capalaba town centre. The …
Date: 3 Apr 2019 By: Ash Natesh
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Date: 22 Jan 2018 By: Josephine O'Brien
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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.