Looking to stay ahead of the curve in the world of greenfield development and housing reforms? Look no further than the National Growth Areas Alliance symposium! This year's event is focused on innovative approaches to greenfield development and housing reform in response to crisis, as well as the latest in structure planning.
Whether you're a developer, planner, public policy expert, or local government official, this symposium is the perfect opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals and stay on top of the latest trends in the industry. With sessions covering everything from cutting-edge greenfield development techniques to the latest policy reforms, you'll leave the symposium with a wealth of knowledge and a renewed sense of purpose.
Earlybird price (until 30 September) - $60 per half day session
Regular price (from 1 October) - $80 per half day session.
DISCOUNTS FOR NGAA MEMBERS AND HOST COUNCILS
- If you register with a Hume City Council or City of Swan email, please use the code PARTNER at checkout for free tickets.
- If you register with an email from an NGAA member Council use the code MEMBER at checkout for a 50% discount.
In this ground breaking presentation, one of Australia’s most respected urban planners will revisit his award-wining and highly regarded Ellenbrook development in Perth’s north. Mike will outline what worked and what he would do differently today – some of which may surprise you. Our host, the City of Swan will then outline how Ellenbrook’s urban design has impacted community outcomes, and what more needs to happen to ensure the area’s continued amenity and liveability. We will then look at an innovative approach being taken in the neighbouring City of Wanneroo.
Stephen Cain, CEO City of Swan and Mike Day, Hatch Roberts Day
Jindee Form based code
Mark Dickson - Director, Planning & Sustainability, City of Wanneroo
Cath Evans – Principal, Urban Solutions, Hatch Roberts Day
Join us for a session on Economic Resilience, where we'll discuss the current state of growth areas and explore investment attraction frameworks. We'll also delve into the suburban economic challenge facing Australia and share strategies to help precincts evolve post-pandemic. This is a great opportunity to gain insights into the economic landscape of Australia's growth areas and learn about how we can support their continued success.
Economic State of Australia’s Growth Areas
Rob Hall, Lead Economist .id
Choose Casey Investment Attraction Framework
Kathryn Seirlis – Manager Growth and Investment, City of Casey
The Suburban Economic Challenge In Australia
Ross Elliot, Suburban Futures
Strategies to support precincts to evolve post pandemic
Richard Jenkins, Plan 1 Project Management
Research on the value of urban nature, nature play and ecosystem health on human health and wellbeing and threatened species survival is growing. While this thinking is slowly being reflected in planning and policy documents, it is not translating fast enough into impactful outcomes on the ground. This session will look at how to improve outcomes and how to normalise nature play into growth areas.
Using Systems Thinking To Improve Biodiversity In Penrith
Georgina de Beaujeu, PHD Candidate, Deakin University
Nature Play In Whittlesea: A 4 Prong Approach
Narelle Bozinis - Environmental Education Officer, City of Whittlesea
Tim Connell – Unit Manager Conservation, City of Whittlesea
Housing affordability and accessibility is a major challenge in Australia and outer suburban areas have been doing the heavy lifting of housing development for decades. In this session, we will look at both Commonwealth and State government reforms as well as initiatives at the local government level.
An overview of recent Commonwealth and State government housing reforms
Dr Caroline Speed, NGAA
The viability of Build to Rent in NSW
Michael Comninos, Director, Astrolabe Group
Robinson Park - From dry land to dwellings
Martyn Glover, Director of Infrastructure, City of Gosnells
City of Whittlesea's experience with planning permit conditions for Affordable Housing
William Fairweather, City of Whittlesea
This session offers a comprehensive approach to assessing climate resilience and planning for long-term diversity and resilience. Our presenters will guide you through the process they used to ensure their community is prepared for the challenges ahead. With a focus on sustainability and community engagement, these cases studies are geared towards resilient, adaptive communities that can thrive in the face of climate change.
Melton East Precinct Structure Plan – Climate Resilience Assessment
Anastasia Badina - Senior Strategic Planner, Melton City Council
Justin Horne, Manager City Environment and Sustainability, Melton City Council
Beveridge North West Resilience Strategy
Nic Adams, Research and Advocacy Officer, Mitchell Shire Council
Prof Jago Dodson, Professor of Urban Policy and Director of the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT
Prof Andrew Butt, Professor in Sustainability and Urban Planning, School of Global Urban and Social Studies and the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT
Dr Annette Kroen – Research Fellow in the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT
Join us as we explore Hume City Council's pioneering approach to greenfield developments. Led by Mayor Cr Joseph Haweil and CEO Sheena Frost, Hume City Council is pushing the boundaries of what's possible in urban planning. With a rapidly growing population and a commitment to cultural diversity, the council is focused on creating sustainable communities that are accessible to all. Come see how Hume City Council is leading the way in innovative and equitable urban development.
Cr Joseph Haweil
Mayor of Hume City, Councillor, Aitken Ward
Cr Haweil was elected to Council in 2016 and served as Mayor in 2020/21 and again in 2022/23. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science and History, and a Master of International Relations. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Chief Executive Officer
Sheena Frost joined Hume City Council as CEO in July 2021. In her 16-year career in local government, she has developed extensive experience across both service delivery and corporate services functions. She has a background in leading change programs to uplift capabilities within organisations to deliver improved service outcomes to the community. She has formal qualifications in Communication and Workplace Coaching and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. As CEO, Sheena is responsible for the day to-day running of Hume City Council and, in particular, implementing Council decisions, providing timely advice to Council and achieving Council’s goals in accordance with the Council Plan and approved budget.
Director of City Planning and Places
Rachel joined Hume City Council in July 2022 after 20 years of experience working in planning, policy and strategy roles in local government and state government developing complex policy, pursuing reform and managing change. She held various Executive Director positions at the Victorian Planning Authority, leading teams responsible for planning, infrastructure, strategy and engagement. She is passionate about creating great places for people – having worked closely with Hume City Council on plans for Broadmeadows and Jacksons Hill in previous roles. Rachel has a Master of Urban and Regional Planning. City Planning & Places focuses on the sustainable development of Hume, fostering economic prosperity, promoting urban design excellence and recreation planning. The division is responsible for Council’s land use planning portfolio, including planning and building control, transport and infrastructure planning, economic development, environmental planning, and urban and open space planning and design.
Senior Development Manager
Teresa has 19 years’ experience working in the property industry in urban planning, project and development management. Teresa has held roles in both the public sector - State and Local Government - and private sector. Her current role with Stockland - where she has worked for 12 years - combines this experience, working with Government and industry to unlock partnerships and infrastructure for economic development opportunities, together with leadership of the delivery of Stockland’s flagship master planned community, Cloverton, in Melbourne’s Northern Growth Corridor.
Principal Community Infrastructure Planner
In addition to being Hume's Principal Community Infrastructure Planner, Rachel is also the Director of the Parks and Leisure Australia National Board and the President of Victoria/Tasmania. In addition to her expertise in conducting research, facilitating decision-making and managing change, her passion lies in urban resilience and community planning. She has extensive experience in integrated planning, psychographics and socio-economic research, policy analysis, resilience planning, and foresight strategy. She has a proven track record of successfully collaborating with government agencies, non-profits and for-purpose organisations across Australia.
Coordinator Advocacy and Social Planning
Gavin is the Coordinator of Advocacy and Social Planning at Mitchell Shire Council, he has worked across Local Government in Victoria for 25 years, having extensive experience in the fields of Strategic & Social Planning, Public Health, and Community Infrastructure. He has led a range of transformational planning projects across growth areas which have tested the role planning has in creating more resilient, sustainable, connected, and healthy communities.
NGAA is delighted to announce Hume City Council as the host of the first day of our annual Symposium on 11 October 2023. Under the leadership of the Mayor, Cr Joseph Haweil and CEO Sheena Frost, Hume City Council is one of Australia's fastest-growing and most culturally-diverse communities. It is home to almost 260,000 residents and is forecast to grow to 389,000 people by 2041.
We are looking forward to a showcase of the innovative ways Hume City Council is responding to population and housing growth, with a strong commitment to equity and collaboration.
The City of Swan is a thriving hub of demographic and economic growth with almost 165,000 residents living in approximately 60,000 dwellings across 42 suburbs, 74,200 employed residents, more than 10,000 actively trading businesses, 67,800 local jobs and a gross regional product of $9.95 billion.
With some of the fastest growing suburbs in Western Australia, two regional centres, major commercial and industrial areas, historically significant town sites and a thriving tourism industry, it’s no wonder the City of Swan is considered a great place to live, work and play
Astrolabe Group is a change management consultancy delivering strategic services to clients across all tiers of government, industry, universities, and not for profit and peak bodies. They are recognised experts at helping clients build clarity and consensus across diverse stakeholders in the planning of sustainable and resilient cities.
The City of Hume will present their pioneering approach to greenfield development for the Cloverton Major Activity Centre (MAC). Key to this approach is a collaboration between the City of Hume, the City of Whittlesea, and Mitchell Shire to create a revolutionary Regional Partnership.
Director, City Planning and Places
Hume City Council
This presentation will follow the journey of Robinson Park from underutilised to a lively subdivision and public open space showcasing award winning design. This is a great case study on how to convert underutilised space into a subdivision and assess the impact on the community and the local housing market.
Director of Infrastructure
City of Gosnells
The presentation by Melton City Council will focus on challenges that Council and communities will face as a result of climate change, and the opportunities that are on the horizon with the climate mitigation tools being developed for the Melton East Precinct Structure Plan (PSP).
The presentation will explore some of the key findings from the Climate Resilience Assessment and will touch on how these will be integrated into the future Melton East PSP.
Senior Strategic Planner
Melton City Council
Anastasia is a Senior Strategic Planner at Melton City Council coordinating Council’s response on the Melton East PSP. She has been with Council for nearly 5 years where she is specialising in growth area planning and is contributing to making Melton a vibrant, safe and liveable city accessible to all.
Manager City Environment 8 Sustainability
Melton City Council
Justin has been working in Local Government for nearly 20 years, working across many directorates including natural environment, sustainability, placemaking and circular economy.
The Beveridge North West Resilience Plan will support the development of a community and suburb that can respond to future disruption as well as existing chronic stresses in the surrounding area. This Resilience Plan is the first of its kind and will support a thriving, liveable and strong community where residents experience social connectedness with positive health and wellbeing.
This Resilience Plan for Beveridge North West has been developed in partnership by Mitchell Shire Council, the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA), the the Department of Transport and Planning (DTP), formerly the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Yarra Valley Water and RMIT University.
Research and Advocacy Officer
Mitchell Shire Council
Nic Adams is a Research and Advocacy Officer at Mitchell Shire Council, as part of the Advocacy and Social Planning team he works across areas including research and social policy with a focus on advocacy.
In this ground breaking presentation, one of Australia’s most respected urban planners will revisit his award-wining and highly regarded Ellenbrook development in Perth’s north. Mike will outline what worked and what he would do differently today – some of which may surprise you.
Our host, the City of Swan will then outline how Ellenbrook’s urban design has impacted community outcomes, and what more needs to happen to ensure the area’s continued amenity and liveability.
Found Partner Hatch Roberts Day
Mike is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and a recipient of the Russell Taylor Award for Design Excellence for Ellenbrook New Town - the most awarded contemporary urban settlement in Australia and recipient of the FIABCI 2015 World Prix d’Excellence Award as the world’s best master-planned community.
Consecutive WA Planning Ministers appointed Mike Deputy Chairman of the Subiaco Redevelopment Authority and Board member of the East Perth Redevelopment Authority from 2002 - 2010. He has also held the positions of Chair EPRA Planning Committee, Chair SRA Planning Committee and Chair of the HIA WA Planning + Development Committee.
In 2009, the Victorian Government appointed Mike to the independent property industry panel that nominated the 900-hectare Werribee East landholdings, within the City of Wyndham, as the site for a model 21st century city for metropolitan Melbourne.
Chief Executive Officer
City of Swan
Stephen is a highly qualified and experienced local government executive. He was the CEO at the City of Cockburn for 15 years, before moving to the City of Canning as Interim CEO and Director of Corporate and Commercial.
Stephen commenced as CEO of the City of Swan in December 2022. In that time, Stephen has established a strategic and collaborative approach at the City of Swan, with a focus on delivering important capital projects for the local community.
Stephen’s experience includes leading the City of Cockburn through a period of significant growth and investment. He has a proven track record of delivering key Council and community outcomes.
As well as working in local government, Stephen has had a highly distinguished career in the Australian Army, which saw him reach the rank of Brigadier, commanding the 13th Brigade in Western Australia and included being the Honorary Aide-de-Camp (Army) to the Officer of the Governor General for more than 12 years.
Jindee redefines the potential of greenfield development and sets a new benchmark in liveable and sustainable urban growth.
A groundbreaking Form-Based Code developed by the project team has given rise to a truly unique community distinguished by its beautiful homes, leafy streets and a profound sense of place drawn from its coastal environs and the principles of traditional neighbourhood design.
Hatch Roberts Day
Planning & Sustainability
City of Wanneroo
This presentation offers an overview of Australia's Growth Areas economic landscape, encompassing its performance since COVID-19, competitive advantages, evolving industries and future economic prospects, providing valuable insights for policymakers and community builders alike.
Rob is driven by a desire to help shape communities for a better future. Trained as an economist, he has a unique fifteen-year background in economics, demographics, statistics and strategic planning with a focus on understanding how economic forces influences local government areas across Australia.
Investment Attraction is often a priority objective within Economic Development Strategies of growth area councils. Where a residential growth rate far outweighs the number of jobs, attracting new business into a municipality is a key component in creating a resilient and sustainable local economy. At the City of Casey, a renewed focus on Investment Attraction and Facilitation was spurred on through the development of its Economic Development Strategy 2021-25, with ‘Be Investment Ready’ heading one of five strategic objectives Kathryn’s talk will outline Casey’s approach and share learnings for other LGA’s who are beginning their investment attraction journey.
Manager Growth and Investment
City of Casey
With 20 years’ experience across planning, infrastructure and economic development in growth areas across South-East Melbourne, Kathryn is the Manager of the Growth and Investment Department at the City of Casey, which drives the delivery of connected and resilient communities by planning and facilitating innovative development and investment outcomes.
Conversations around the suburban nature of Australian cities are often tinged with notes of derision or even occasional ridicule by professionals who, for whatever reason, believe the suburban preference of many residents and businesses is somehow inferior to their vision of a centralised urban utopia. This prejudice has lasted as long as many Australians have voted with their feet (and mortgages) for suburbia - when that choice is available.
This has shaped our cities - in particular since the post World War II era - into large sprawling metropolises with high density commercial cores and dispersed middle and outer suburbs with occasional centres, most of which are serviced by a legacy “hub and spoke” transit model.
But this is changing, fast. A new suburbanism is reshaping how our cities operate, and once again this can be at odds with the preferred or ‘authorised’ version of urbanism extolled by many professions. Its origins predated the upheaval brought on by Covid lock downs and their lasting impacts. It reflects a new economic model where the “9 to 5” commute is less and less a reflection of life for the average Australian city dweller, who is increasingly working in suburban located health or education industries or - if in previously city-based occupations – who is now preferring their suburban home as a workplace over their glamourous but distant city office tower.
With economic winds once again blowing out from city centres (not in) what can policy makers do to make the most of this opportunity?
Suburban Futures Director
Ross is a leading industry practitioner with over 35 years’ experience in property and urban development across a number of industry sectors. He has held senior roles with the Property Council of Australia as Executive Director, National Chief Operating Officer, and National Executive Director of the Residential Development Council. He helped lead their national cities strategy and forged the first MOU with the ULI in Washington in 2000. He is sought after advisor to a range of businesses and is a founding director of policy group Suburban Futures. In 2019, he was asked by the Lord Mayor of Brisbane to Chair a formal suburban renewal program called The Better Suburbs Initiative.
In response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Melbourne, in partnership with the Victorian State Government, sought third party service providers to reduce shopfront vacancies, increase vibrancy and drive visitation of areas which were most impacted across the City of Melbourne. Hindered by consistent lockdowns across the city, the program aimed to provide support to precinct associations, businesses, landlords, leasing agents and communities on a bottom-up, community driven approach.
It is believed the City of Melbourne’s shopfront activation program was the most intensive and successful shopfront activation initiative domestically and globally. In total, the program delivered 67 activations of which 39 were located in the CBD-Core delivered by Plan1 Project Management & Consultancy along with Ginnane & Associates.
Over the length of the program, 3,059sqm of space was activated in the CBD-Core delivering 509 weeks of activation. The program provided a number of businesses to test their concept in a bricks & mortar environment having only existed online previously, creating an estimated 108 full time employment roles over the program. Highlighting the success of the activations, 63% of activations extended their occupation beyond the initial duration of support provided through the program.
Co-founder Plan 1 Project Management and Consultancy
Richard has more than 20 years’ experience in property research, is co-founder of Plan1, a property project management and consultancy firm having worked with global real estate agencies, fund managers and financiers. Richard is also co-host of the podcast “Yadda Yadda”, a podcast discussing trends across the property and construction sectors. Richard has worked for CBRE, Knight Frank and Charter Hall in the past. During his career Richard has been responsible for forecasting trends and outlooks in all sectors (residential, office, retail, industrial and hospitality) of the real estate investment market. Richard has established a reputation as a reliable trend forecaster and his views are regularly sought after by property institutions, private investors, government and media. Richard’s experience lies in researching and analysis for the performance of property markets and identifying market opportunities for our clients. Richard has published many property market research reports on the various property markets across Australia.
Research on the value of urban nature and ecosystem health on human health and wellbeing and threatened species survival is growing. While this thinking is slowly being reflected in planning and policy documents, such as the New South Wales Government Architects Draft Greener Spaces Design Guide, it is not translating fast enough into impactful outcomes on the ground.
To assist in accelerating this sustainability transition it is critical to understand how the social-ecological system in a place helps or hinders an area from taking action to improve biodiversity and where interventions could best shift system outcomes.
To contribute to this knowledge a systems methodology called ‘Group Model Building’ was undertaken on the Penrith Local Government Area (LGA). Fifteen local and state-based stakeholders, who have the capacity to influence aspects of the system, came together to consider the factors that help or hinder the Penrith LGA from taking more impactful and rapid action to improve urban nature.
They brought policy, planning, landscape architecture, regeneration, public works, and community perspectives to the issue through the workshop-based process. While every social-ecological system is different and forever evolving, this project’s findings can be used by practitioners and policy makers to consider: 1. systems thinking and methods as a tool to coalesce support for more action on biodiversity, as well as other sustainability transitions. 2. the factors that may influence biodiversity outcomes in their social ecological system. 3. where interventions may be focused to ameliorate their system outcomes for biodiversity.
Georgina de Beaujeu
PhD Candidate Researcher
In 2019 Georgina transitioned from a career in the social sector (Family Violence, Community Health) to the environmental sector. Georgina holds a Master of Landscape Architecture, is undertaking an industry sponsored PhD with Tract Consultants and Deakin University and is on the National Biodiversity Working Group for the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. Georgina’s work around biodiversity decline and public space has been selected for the Yarra Ranges Arts Program 2023, Geelong Design Week 2022, Committee for Sydney Public Space Ideas Awards 2020, and the International Tapestry Prize for Architects 2021.
The presentation “Nature Play in Whittlesea: The 4 Prong Approach” will delve into the significance of Nature Play for Council, addressing its background, open space requirements in growing regions, and management. It will also highlight the importance of supporting biodiversity for human health and the positive impact of nature play on physical and mental health and well-being. The City of Whittlesea’s aims to normalise nature play in growth areas consistent with its Municipal Health & Wellbeing Plan, taking advantage of the limits and opportunities that environmental planning has created for the use of open space.
The comprehensive 4 prong approach consists of:
Collaboration across various teams within Council plays a pivotal role in realising these initiatives, exemplifying the commitment to make nature play an integral and accessible part of Whittlesea’s landscape.
Environmental Education Officer
City of Whittlesea
Narelle Bozinis, an adept Environmental Education Officer with 14 years of dedicated service in Local Government, currently champions Biodiversity and Conservation education initiatives at the City of Whittlesea. Beginning as a conservation on-ground worker and supervisor, her last 5 years have been marked by a focus on community education in biodiversity through tailored events, workshops and programs. Narelle’s passion for nature play drives her commitment to engaging young individuals, families and educators within the community.
Unit Manager Conservation
City of Whittlesea
Tim Connell is the Unit Manager Conservation and has spent almost two decades working to protect, manage and enhance a network of local conservation reserves that has evolved through significant land use change in Melbourne’s northern growth corridor. This work has included supporting the growth in nature play activities as a means of increasing use, appreciation and custodianship of local environmental reserves.
The 2022 NGAA Symposium was held online on 24 and 31 August, showcasing the latest research and practice from Australia's outer urban growth areas. See the program here.
In 2021 the NGAA Research Symposium was an online event. See the presentations and more information here.
In 2020 the NGAA Research Symposium took the form of seven issues-based webinars. This format was due to COVID-19 restrictions. See the webinars here.
The inaugural Symposium in 2019 was held at Wyndham City Council in Victoria. Read the full report from the 2019 Symposium: Research and Practice from Australia’s Fast Growing Outer Suburbs
NGAA will offer the opportunity for members to “opt in” to research programs if possible, as projects progress.