Victoria is growing faster than at any other time in the state’s history and Melbourne is forecast to soon become Australia’s most populous city. Victoria has a remarkable opportunity to harness its growing population and thrive in an increasingly competitive global economy. Realising this transformational opportunity will require deliberate planning and careful management. Ensuring the right infrastructure and land use planning settings are in place is vital.
This session will focus on Melbourne’s strategic plan, Plan Melbourne, and delve into some of the key projects (namely Fishermans Bend) that will help shape the future of our city. We will discuss the importance of precinct development, repurposing areas in the city and how to develop a resilient city acknowledging the changes as a result of COVID-19.
Alison Leighton | Deputy CEO and GM Strategy, Planning & Climate Change | City of Melbourne
Alison Leighton assumed the position of General Manager, Strategy, Planning and Climate Change, at the City of Melbourne in April 2020. In October 2020, she accepted the additional role of Deputy Chief Executive Officer. Prior to this she was the Chief Executive Officer at Baw Baw Shire Council and the Chief Operating Officer at Mornington Peninsula Shire. Alison has acquired more than 15 years of progressive leadership experience in infrastructure, planning, operations and public sector business transformation.
Alison is a qualified engineer, an alumni of Harvard Business School, and an MBA and AICD graduate.
Aidan O’Neill | Manager, Strategy & Planning - Fishermans Bend Taskforce | Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions | Victorian Government
Aidan has developed a detailed understanding of contemporary theories and techniques for urban planning, public policy, urban design, transport planning and infrastructure planning across a career spanning over 15 years, working in a variety of roles across state and local government. Throughout these roles, Aidan has effectively managed large and complex projects across multi-disciplinary teams spanning urban renewal, greenfield and infill development areas.
Career highlights include leading the planning for the City of Whittlesea’s Northern Growth Corridor with an ultimate population of over 200,000, developing and managing a development contributions portfolio worth over $1.5 billion, implementing the Quarry Hills Parkland project to facilitate an 1,100 hectare parkland through negotiated development agreements and, more recently, leading the planning for Fishermans Bend - Australia’s largest urban renewal area.
Bryn Davies | Principal Urban Economist, Precinct Planning and Coordination | Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions | Victorian Government
Bryn Davies is an Australian urban planner specialising in urban renewal and economic change. He works for the Victorian Government on major innovation and jobs precincts across Melbourne, Australia.
This includes leading the planning for the Employment Precinct of Australia's largest urban renewal project, Fishermans Bend. He has previously led planning reform programs to develop zoning tools that align with the changing economy and ways of working, contributing to the Victoria Government’s policy ‘Unlocking enterprise in a changing economy’.
He formerly served as an advisor to the Victorian Minister for Planning providing advice on strategic urban planning, regional economic development, major transport infrastructure, social housing development, environmental protection and planning system reform.
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