2021 Symposium a resounding success

5 August 2021

Over three days and 26 presenters, the 2021 Symposium: Research and Practice from Australia’s growth areas was a resounding success. More than 190 delegates from local, state and federal government, academia and the private sector took part in the online event, held on 21and 28 July and 4 August 2021.

On Day 1 we heard from growth area Councils on planning sustainability, including setbacks to accommodate canopy trees and sub-catchment water management, as well as land use planning and practical action to build resilience into urban form and into communities. 

Day 2 covered Growth Areas Rising to the Challenge with local government research and practice addressing gender equity; innovative engagement with youth; research into affordable and social housing; and nurturing home-based businesses.

Day 3 focused on infrastructure planning and delivery, with great examples of how local governments in growth areas are leading the way in finding new ways to address ongoing challenges, deliver better value and outcomes for communities and the environment, and provide a foundation for growth and innovation into the future.

Thanks to our 2021 Symposium partners for their support:

  • Major Partner - Liverpool City Council
  • Presenting Partner - Infrastructure Australia
  • Research Partner - the Life Course Centre

All Symposium delegates have access to session recordings until February 2022. Later this year, we will publish a detailed written report of all the presentations and the key lessons from Symposium. The case studies and research findings will add to the NGAA’s evidence base and will be incorporated into the NGAA Policy Platform.


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