Ethan Kent, Romilly Madew, The Hon Alan Tudge MP, Minister for Population, Cities & Urban Infrastructure and the Hon Andrew Giles MP, Shadow Minister for Cities and Urban Infrastructure at Congress.

Congress Highlights

  • Keynote speakers, Ethan Kent (Project for Public Spaces, USA) and Romilly Madew (Infrastructure Australia)
  • Expert presenters, panel sessions and hypotheticals
  • NGAA Awards Dinner
  • On-site case study at award-winning Midland Railway Workshops, an urban renewal success story
  • Strategic Planning Workshop for Members
  • Networking opportunities with:
    • Mayors, CEOs and specialists from Australia’s fast growing local government areas
    • politicians
    • and business partners in development, planning and infrastructure industries.

Ethan Kent

Senior Fellow, Project for Public Spaces

Founder, PlacemakingX

Ethan is one of the world’s leading placemaking thought leaders, having led placemaking efforts on more than 200 Project for Public Space collaborations worldwide.

Romilly Madew AO

Chief Executive Officer

Infrastructure Australia

Romilly became Chief Executive of Infrastructure Australia in April 2019, and previously led the Green Building Council of Australia for 13 years.

Dean Cracknell

Chief Executive Officer

Town Team Movement

Dean is one of the founders of Town Team Movement, an ‘under-arching’, non-profit organisation helping to create a network of town teams around Australia and New Zealand.

Jessica Christiansen-Franks

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer


Jessica is an urban designer and entrepreneur who’s been leading the conversation on urban innovation globally for more than a decade.

Michael Campbell

Principal Consultant

Lucid Economics

Michael is founding director of Lucid Economics, a boutique consultancy that works with public and private sector clients to solve their problems using economic and financial analysis.

The Hon. Alan Tudge MP

Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure


Minister Tudge is the Federal Member for Aston in the Australian Parliament, first elected in 2010 and was previously the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Human Services and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister.

The Hon. Andrew Giles MP

Shadow Minister for Cities and Urban Infrastructure


Andrew Giles was elected as Member for Scullin in 2013. He is also Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Shadow Minister Assisting for Immigration and Citizenship.

Kelly Grigsby

Chief Executive Officer

Wyndham City Council

Kelly has been Wyndham City CEO since 2015 and prior to that was Wyndham’s Director Community Development. Kelly is a member of the Planning Institute of Australia and a Certified Practicing Planner.

Dr Michael Fotheringham

Executive Director


Michael is a research and policy specialist in areas including housing and homelessness, urban policy, public health, and community services planning. He joined AHURI (Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute) in 2014.

Kathryn Seirlis

Manager, Growth and Investment

City of Casey

Leading the City of Casey’s Growth and Investment department, Kathryn oversees economic development, investment, placemaking and strategic planning for growth. She has 15 years experience in statutory and strategic town planning.

Rukshan de Silva

Australian Young Planner of the Year 2019

NSW Dept of Planning

Rukshan is a Principal Planner at the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. He began his career in Canada, and has continued to specialize in strategic planning and community engagement in NSW.

Patrick Ward

Acting Executive Director, Place Management

Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority

Patrick is responsible for placemaking, asset management and commercial outcomes across MRA assets including Elizabeth Quay, Yagan Square and the Midland Railway Workshops.

Glenn Capuano

Demographic Consultant

.id – the population experts

Glenn has worked at .id for 12 years, after a decade at the Australian Bureau of Statistics helping to run the 2001 and 2006 Censuses. He believes every place has its own unique story to tell.

Dr Kirsten Martinus

Senior Research Fellow

University of Western Australia

Kirsten’s work focuses on the distribution of resources, innovation and economic competitiveness. She balances fundamental research with applied outputs for local and state government.

Dr Kim Johnstone

Associate Director

Astrolabe Group

Kim brings an in-depth knowledge of population to provide demographic advice to all levels of government. She is VP of Family Planning NSW and member of the UDIA NSW Research and Ageing sub committees.

Congress Presentations

Congress is based at The Vines Resort in the beautiful Swan Valley in Western Australia.

The Congress Welcome Function on Sunday 10 November is at the acclaimed Mandoon Estate.

The Members-only Strategic Planning Workshop on Tuesday 12 November is at the historic Guildford Hotel.


The NGAA Awards 2019 celebrate and showcase excellence and innovation from projects and initiatives that support the development of growth areas across Australia. Winners were announced on Monday 11 November at the NGAA Awards Dinner. More information here.

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Host Council and Presenting Partner

The City of Swan, 20km north-east of the CBD, is one of Perth's fastest growing municipalities. It's also the largest, with two regional centres, major commercial and industrial areas, historically significant towns and a thriving tourism industry.

Congress Partners

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All Congress and Awards sponsorship allocations for 2019 have been exhausted. See the Sponsorship Proposal or for more information about Congress 2020, please contact NGAA’s Executive Officer, Bronwen Clark, on 0448 401 257 or at

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