Presentations

 

Best Practice – Speaking, Training and Workshops

 

There are always better ways to enhance the physical, cultural and economic vitality of local communities.

Vital Places regularly undertakes research, development and communication to progress ‘best practice’ facilitation of Catalyst Infrastructure, Innovative Governance and Sustainable Regional Development.

Most recent initiatives are listed below:

 

UPCOMING:

2014 Schedule Evolving

COMPLETED:

Mulgrave & District Chamber of Commerce: Gordonvale, 24 February: Presented a lunch time Seminar titled “How Small Towns Can Thrive in The Future”. This seminar and facilitated discussion covered key issues facing the sustainable future of small towns and discussed relevant actions that could help the transition of Gordonvale to a more vibrant future. 2014

FNQ Regional Economic Officer Forum: Cooktown, 21 February: Provided an overview of the catalyst and funding potential of the Cooktown Foreshore Master Plan to Cook Shire representatives and Economic Development Offices from adjacent local government areas. 2014

Cooktown & Cape York Business Conference: Cooktown, 20 February: Invited as a keynote speaker to present a paper titled “Perfect Storm to Reshape Local business” . This paper provided an overview of current trends in Technology, Demographics and Commerce relevant to regional local business. 2014

Australian Tropical Agriculture Precinct (ATAP): Malanda 18 February: Invited as a keynote speaker on Regional Context issues for a local forum on the potential of a Catalytic Infrastructure Initiative for Malanda. this was a half day session that focused on the potential of an Agri-business hub on a Council Depot site in the heart of Malanda. 2014

Tablelands Regional Council: Atherton: 17 February: Regional Regeneration Mini Forum -Presented a half day information and participation session to Councillors, Executive Officers and representatives of the Atherton Tablelands chamber of Commerce on development and application of a regional catalyst canvas prototype. 2014

Malanda Chamber of Commerce: Malanda, 20 November: Presented an Evening Seminar titled “Surviving the Edge Town Demise – Could Malanda be the Model?”. This evening seminar and facilitated discussion covered key issues facing the sustainable future of small towns and discussed relevant actions that could help the transition to a more vibrant future. 2013 

Highfields & District Business Connections: Highfields, 13 November: Presented an evening business seminar on “What is the Right Business Mix for Highfields”. This presentation provided insights to relevant trends effecting local business in Highfields and how to capture future opportunities for long term business growth. 2013

SEGRA 2013: Coffs Harbour, Central Coast NSW, 16-17 October: Presented a paper titled “Creative Industry Villages”. This paper used a recent case study to illustrate the issues and conceptual response to develop a new rural village on the fringe of a Queensland regional city. 2013

The Future of Our Region Forum: Cairns, 30 September: Invited as a Keynote speaker to present on the topic “The Future of Regional Communities”. This presentation outlined the trends and opportunities for regional communities to help shape the region to deliver good growth – change that will make local communities stronger economically, socially and environmentally. 2013

Highfields Better Business Group: Highfields, 2 July: Presented a business breakfast speech on “Business Trends and the Emerging New Norm”. This speech provided insights to mega trends effecting local business and  how to profit from applying these insights. 2013

EDA Autumn Journal: Vol 6 No 2. Prepared an article titled “Queensland’s New Economic Development Act – Could it be a Game Changer for Regional Communities?” outlining the potential for regional communities to benefit from the Queensland Governments increased focus on facilitating new development. 2013

Tablelands Regional Council: Atherton: 17 January: Presented an information session to Councillors and Executive Officers on economic development opportunities for encouraging sustainable growth of regional communities. 2013

Queensland Planner: Summer 2012/13 Vol 52 No4. Prepared an article titled “Planning for the future of Mainstreet Shopping” outlining current insights to trends effecting the design and development of traditional Mainstreets. The TYTO Precinct in Ingham, Queensland was used as an example of rural innovation that seeks to capture the benefits of change within the regional economic landscape. 2012

SEGRA 2012: Terrigal, Central Coast NSW, 20-22 November: Presented a paper titled “Can infrastructure promote regional growth AND local lifestyle?”. This paper draws on the first hand experiences from the development and delivery of recent place-based projects in regional areas to reveal insights to the silent but powerful trends transforming the critical need for smart regional infrastructure. 2012

TEDxGympie: Gympie, 23rd October: Invited to present a paper on Regional Innovation to support  TEDxGympie an independently organised TED-like event run under license from TED.com and following in TED’s footsteps, TEDxGympie is about ideas worth sharing, especially in relation to innovation in rural Australian communities. 2012

Placemaking Master Class Panel: Surfers Paradise, October 19: Invited to be part of the Australian Expert Panel to assist the Placemaking One Day Master Class facilitated by PPS Vice President Ethan Kent at the 13th International Cities Town Centres and Communities Conference. 2012

13th International Cities Town Centres and Communities Conference: Surfers Paradise, October 17-19: Accepted to Present a Case Study paper titled “Place-based Regional Growth”. This paper draws on the insights from recent project experience to outline a framework for applying place-based thinking to the development of infrastructure that supports regional growth and strengthens local identity and lifestyle. 2012

PIA Reinvigorate 2012: Cairns, 3-5 October: Invited to present a paper titled “Age, Sex and the Internet: How to shape Regional Communities to thrive in the future.” This paper will provide insights to the transformational shift occurring in regional and sub-regional communities. 2012

Panel Member: Region Event Hypothetical Murray Now SRD 2012: Albury Entertainment Centre, 13 July: Hypothetical Panel Member facilitated by Richard Morecroft covering the controversial theme of “Population Explosion”, Richard and a panel of eight local and national experts highlighted the issues and solutions that regional Australia faces with skill shortages, infrastructure needs, decentralisation and food and water security. 2012

Murray Now SRD 2012: Albury, 13-14 July: Invited to Present a paper titled “Smart Infrastructure for Regional Growth”. This paper used recent project work to present current insights and trends effecting the long term growth of regional towns and local communities. 2012

Cairns Chamber of Commerce & PIA QLD Division: Cairns, 18 June: Presented a Business Breakfast Seminar titled ” Smarter Regional Infrastructure = More Profits” How to shape a better future through infrastructure that promotes growth, better lifestyle and creates more profit for local business. 2012

PIA Planning with Altitude 2011: Toowoomba, 21-23 September: Presented a paper titled “Local Ecommerce Reveals the Secrets to Growth”. This paper provided insights to the transformational shift occurring through ubiquitous adoption of digital technology and the need for long term employment growth in regional and sub-regional communities. 2011

4th Healthy Cities Conference: Noosa, 27-29 July: Presented a paper titled “Local Ecommerce and Sustainable Towns”. This paper outlined the unexpected synergy between sub-regional decline and the growth opportunities of the emerging digital economy. 2011

Border Rivers Chamber of Commerce: Goondiwindi, 22 February: Presented a free seminar on the trends and opportunities for local eccommerce in regional towns and the potential impacts on business profits and local employment. 2011

PIA Utopia 2010: Hyatt Coolum, 10-12 November: Presented a paper titled “Small Town Secrets Determine Regional Sustainability”. This paper revealed new ways to identify the critical trends determining the future of regional communities through the challenges and opportunities of sub-regional townships. 2010

SEGRA 2010: Townsville, 19-21 October: Presented a paper titled “NQ3 Enterprise Strategy: New Agenda for Sustainable Development”. This paper used the case study of a sub-regional collaboration of local government in North Queensland to reveal the hidden value of sub-regional communities and their critical role in securing the liveability of regional Australia. 2010

3rd International Urban Design Conference: Canberra, 30th August – 1st September: Presented a paper titled “Regional Growth Secrets Revealed by Capital City Edge Town”. This presentation focused on the areas that have traditionally been most ignored by growth management strategies of our regional cities. Through the use of a case study the ideas of proximity, economic transformation, aging and lifestyle enterprise were explored? to provide innovative solutions to this critical but, often forgotten area of regional sustainability. 2010

Healthy Cities Conference: Brisbane, 12-14 July: Presented a paper titled “Regional Growth: Liveability curse or Cure?”. This presentation used a case study to reveal the challenges of regional growth that is sustainable and strengthens the identity and lifestyle of local communities. 2010

Judging Panel Member: Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Queensland Group – State Awards. Invited to assist judging of the bi-annual State awards for Landscape Architectural Projects across the categories of Design, Planning, Environment, Research & Communication. 2009

LGAQ Economic & Regional Development Conference: Townsville, 4-6 March: Present a paper titled “Our Town Our Future – A model for Smart Infrastructure” under the theme of Place Based Enterprise to outline the innovative thinking behind the concept of “smart infrastructure” and how it can be applied to help Councils develop stronger communities. 2009

Healthy Cities Conference: Gold Coast City, 25-27 March: Presented a paper titled “Using Catalyst Infrastructure to protect local identity and lifestyle”. This presentation used a case study to show how traditional infrastructure investment can be used as a catalyst for sustainable change in towns and communities on the edges of booming regional centres. 2009

NQ Development Alliance: Committee Meeting: September 12: Presented an overview of NQ3 Enterprise Strategy and its potential contribution to future regional planning processes. 2008

Tablelands Regional Council: Council Meeting: Herberton: July 30: Presented an information session titled “Growing places to protect local identity and lifestyle” outlining a strategic framework for local government to facilitate “good growth” – change that strengthens local communities. 2008

Millaa Millaa Chamber of Commerce: Millaa Millaa: June 17: Invited to present at a public meeting titled “Millaa Millaa by Design” outlining the opportunities for the rural town to establish a long term revitalisation program in collaboration with the Tablelands Regional Council. 2008

Age Care Queensland – Retirement Living Conference: Gold Coast City: May 23: Presented a paper titled, “Future Proofing an Aging Community – The Ingham Story”. This paper provided insights to the challenges of aging urban fringe & rural communities in the development of vibrant local towns. 2008

Sunshine Coast University -Planning and Design: May 8: Presented a two hour lecture supported by an one hour long tutorial on “Our Town Our Future – a case study Strategic Urban Design and Sub-Regional Planning” as part of the third year program in the Planning and Design Course. 2008

Sunshine Coast University -Public Lecture: May 7: Presented a two hour public lecture titled, “Growing Places to Protect Local Identity and Lifestyle”. This lecture provided insights and discussion on the critical challenges for Queensland’s new Regional Councils to be stronger local communities. 2008

Charters Towers Chamber of Commerce & Mines AGM: Charters Towers: April 15: Presented after dinner topic titled “Creating better Places for People & Business”. This presentation provided insights to future challenges and opportunities for new Regional Council business communities such as Charters Towers Regional Council. 2008

North Queensland Local Government Association (NQGLA): Ingham: November 8-9: Presented a lunch speech on the “Ten Big Insights to Local Identity and Regional Council Amalgamations”. This speech outlined critical insights and issues for Towns & Localities to thrive in the new Regional Council structures. 2007

Parks and Leisure Australia National Conference: Townsville: September 16-19: Presented a paper titled “Parkland Saves Town: How public open space provides the critical component of a revitalisation strategy for a North Queensland Sugar Town.” This paper outlined the intrinsic value of public open space in an integrated approach to town centre revitalisation. 2007

Sunshine Coast University -Planning and Design: September 10: Presented a two hour lecture on “Activating local communities – profiting from the new economic order.” as part of the third year program in the Planning and Design Course. 2007

International Urban Design Conference: waves of change – cities at crossroads: Gold Coast City, September 6-8: Presented a paper titled “Governance from the heart – having the ticker rather than tick boxes”. This paper discussed the role of leadership and action by local government to deliver sustainable urban design outcomes for local communities. 2007

Highfields Better Business Group: Highfields, August 15: Presented a business breakfast speech on “How to Profit from Council Amalgamations”. This speech provided insights to the opportunities for local town centres to profit socially and economically from applying place-based strategies in the formation and operation of the new Toowoomba Regional Council. 2007

Community Engagement Showcase 2007: Brisbane July 20: Presented an overview of the award winning “Our Town Our Future” as part of the Engaging at the Local Level session of a one day showcase event facilitated by the Queensland Department of Communities, Local Government Association of Queensland and the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Australasia. 2007

8th International Cities Town Centres and Communities Conference: Auckland, June 26-28: Presented a Case Study paper titled “Our Town Our Future”. This paper identified critical insights for leveraging social and economic outcomes through public infrastructure using the award winning Ingham Town Centre Revitalisation Strategy as Case Study application. 2007

6th National Mainstreet Conference: Melbourne, March 18-21: Presented a workshop paper titled “Our Town Our Future”. This paper provided an outline and insights from developing an award winning Town Centre Revitalisation Strategy for Ingham, Queensland. 2007

7th International Cities, Towns & Communities Conference: Newcastle, June 6-9: Presented a workshop paper titled “Creating Corridor Centres”. This paper outlined on experiences, approaches and insights from Brisbane?s current Tunnel program regarding the revitalisation of centres and neighbourhoods affected by Australia?s largest urban tunnel program. 2006

Town Centre Revitalisation Tips & Insights: Samford Village, March 29: Presented an information and motivational session for the inaugural meeting of the Samford Village Streetscape Committee to assist their formulation of an on going action plan. 2006

2nd Trans-Tasman Mainstreet and Town Centres Conference: Manukau City, October 30 ? November 2: Presented a paper titled, Leadership Tips for Mainstreet Projects. This paper provided insights and tips to improve triple bottom line outcomes for Town Centre & Mainstreet improvement projects. 2005

Community Economic Development Conference: Thredbo, October 16-18: Invited by the NSW Department of State and Regional Development to present a Workshop Session titled “Breakthrough Strategies for Town Centre Revitalisation”. This paper outlined insights and strategies from over 30 projects to provide a catalyst of ideas for use in the delivery of successful Projects. 2005

Judging Panel Member: Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Queensland Group ? State Awards. Invited to assist judging of the bi-annual State awards for Landscape Architectural Projects across the categories of Design, Planning, Environment, Research & Communication. 2005

Newcastle Mainstreet Forum: Newcastle, August 5-6: Invited by Newcastle City Council to participate as part of an expert panel to discuss and facilitate community input to the review of the City?s current Mainstreet program. A collaborative report of recommendations was also provided. 2005

Market Positioning Workshop: Brisbane, July 13: Commissioned by FKP Limited to facilitate a market positioning workshop for an innovative mixed use project at Newstead in Brisbane. 2005

Breakthrough Strategies for Town Centre Revitalisation: Yeppoon, May 31: Facilitated two interactive training sessions limited to twelve places per session to test ideas, explore others experiences and develop individual Action Plans. 2005

6th International Cities, Towns & Communities Conference: Yeppoon, May 31-June 3: Presented two workshop papers titled “Master Planning on a Shoestring” & “Sustainable Places”. These papers outlined challenges, insights and tips for more effective processes to deliver vibrant town centres. 2005

Suburban Centre Improvement Training: Toowoomba, May 24-25: Commissioned by Toowoomba City Council to provide a one day training session on centre improvement processes for Council staff and Councilors. This was followed by a one day design studio applying techniques to develop a draft structure plan for Newtown. 2005

Caloundra Downs Structure Plan & Workshop: Caloundra, February 8: Commissioned by Stocklands Pty Ltd to assist with the visioning and preparation of structure plans for Caloundra Downs as well as the preparation and presentation of a one day workshop to the local and state government working group for their comment and endorsement. 2005

200 Mile City – Designing a Sustainable Urban Future: Brisbane, 29th September – 2nd October: Accepted to present a paper titled “Brisbane: Creating Vital Centres in a 200 Mile City” for the National Conference of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects 2004

The Fourth National and First Trans-Tasman Mainstreet Conference – ‘Getting down to Business’: Melbourne, September 26? 29: Accepted to present a paper titled, Will Your Mainstreet Thrive in the Future? 2004

Town Centres – Their Role in Building Communities: Planning Institute Australia Queensland Division, September 15: Invited to present to present a paper titled “Building Communities in Town Centres” as part of a Livable Community Series Seminar 2004

Australian Local Government Women?s Association State Conference: Stanthorpe, August 4-6: Invited to present a workshop session titled Public Streetscapes ? before and after strategies 2004

Guest Lecturer: Queensland College of Art Griffith University, July 30: Invited to present a lecture and discussion for 2nd year Design Students on the relevance of visual design to Town Centre Revitalisation. 2004

5th International Cities, Towns & Communities Conference: Fremantle, May 4-7: Presented a workshop paper titled Choice, Responsibility and Town Centre Revitalisation. This paper outlined challenges, insights and tips for more effective leadership in the delivery of revitalisation projects. 2004

External Examiner: Queensland College of Art Griffith University, November: Invited to provide external assessment of a student research dissertation topic “How Councils could use a Constructivist approach to graphic promotions.” for the Master of Design program. 2003

Community Economic Development Conference: Batemans Bay, October 19-21: invited by the NSW Department of State and Regional Development to present a Workshop Session titled Town Centre Revitalisation – Secrets & Myths This paper outlined common myths, tips, stakeholders strategies and design principles for successful Projects. 2003

DIY-TC (Do It Yourself – Town Centres): Queensland Planner, September Vol 43 No3: Co-authored an article with Mark Doonar (TRACT) providing insights, tips and discussion for Local Government facilitation of Town Centre Revitalisation. 2003

From Dreams to Reality Conference: Boonah, May 9-11: Invited by the Queensland Department of Primary Industries to present a key note paper titled “Are You Ready for the Challenge?” This paper outlined insights, processes and techniques for revitalising Town Centres using physical, economic and cultural initiatives 2003

Town Centre Revitalisation Success or Failure? It’s Your choice: Sydney, March 13: Presented a one day workshop providing ‘best practice’ training to facilitate increased cultural, economic and physical outcomes for Town Centre revitalisation projects. 2003

Town Centre Revitalisation Success or Failure? It’s Your choice: Perth, March 10 & 11: Presented a one day workshop providing ‘best practice’ training to facilitate increased cultural, economic and physical outcomes for Town Centre revitalisation projects. 2003

Town Centre Revitalisation Success or Failure? It’s Your choice: Brisbane, November 20: Presented a one day workshop providing ‘best practice’ training to facilitate increased cultural, economic and physical outcomes for Town Centre Revitalisation projects. 2002

International Association for Public Participation (IAP2): Sydney, October 24-25: Co-presented a paper with Adam Beck (ARUP) titled Connecting with People in Local Village Revitalisation outlining the consultation process and lessons from the Nundah Bypass and SCIP projects 2002

International Cities & Town Centres Conference: Caloundra, August 18-21:Presented a paper titled Ten Success Secrets for Revitalisation Projects outlining the ten key Action Areas and their principles for the successful delivering of integrated Centre Revitalisation. 2002

External Examiner: Queensland College of Art Griffith University, July: Invited to provide external assessment of a student research dissertation topic “How does the retail environment influence consumer behaviour” for the Master of Design program. 2001

Positive Rural Futures Conference: Sarina, May 10-12: Invited by the Queensland Department of Primary Industries to present a paper titled Double or Nothing – How to Double the Impact of Town Centre Revitalisation Projects outlining the process, principles and action tips for better community and business outcomes. 2001

Carina SCIP Design Tutorial: Queensland College of Art Griffith University, February – June: Provided Project Briefing and attending 3 progress reviews and debriefing for postgraduate honours design students research subject using Brisbane City Council’s Carina, Suburban Centre Improvement Program (SCIP). 2001

Sarina Vision 2010 Project: Sarina, November 16: Invited by Mackay Whitsunday regional Economic Development Corporation to provide an evening presentation and workshop on the principles, processes and issues for the revitalisation of business centres. 2000

Clustering Building Better Economies in the 21st Century: Brisbane, November 2-3 & 5-6: Invited by the Queensland Government Office of Small Business to present two after dinner talks on cultural and economic integration in business centre revitalisation as a practice example for their Cluster Training Workshops. 2000

Parks & Leisure Australia National Conference 2000 & Tread Lightly Australia 2nd World Congress: Gold Coast, October 30-31: Presented a paper titled How to Transform Local Places into Dynamic Catalysts for Community Revitalisation outlining the process, principles and design tips for the revitalisation of cultural values in business centres. 2000

International Cities & Town Centres Conference: Hobart, September 3-6: Presented a paper titled Revitalisation Secrets Revealed outlining the principles, processes and insights to Suburban Centre revitalisation. 2000

Regional Centres Program Seminar: Brisbane, August 25: Presented a paper on the design process for the Suburban Centre Improvement Program as part of Brisbane City Council’s overall presentation on Creating Enterprising Town Centres for the 21st Century. 2000

Biennial AGDA Awards & Conference: Brisbane, June 23-24: Presented a keynote paper titled Branding Suburban Centres outlining the process, principles and outcomes of establishing strong character brands for Suburban Business Centres. 2000

Wynnum Central SCIP Design Tutorial: Queensland College of Art Griffith University, February – June Provided Project Briefing and attending 3 progress reviews and debriefing for postgraduate honors design students research subject using Brisbane City Council’s Wynnum Central, Suburban Centre Improvement Program (SCIP). 2000

SCIP Seminar: Queensland University of Technology October 19: One hour seminar presentation and discussion of Brisbane City Council’s Suburban Centre Improvement Program (SCIP) for 2nd year Urban and Regional Planning students as part of their planning process studies in the Bachelor of Built Environment degree program. 1999

Lost in Space? – Negotiating Public Art and Placemaking: Queensland Community Arts Network Annual Conference October 7-8: Assisted in the preparation and presentation of Welcome to Wannebah. A collaborative presentation of workshop material outlining a hypothetical consultant response to a Town Revitalisation Master Plan for conference attendees to review and critique in later workshop groups. 1999

Review Panel Member: Queensland College of Art Griffith University, June 22nd: Invited to assist as a review panel member for postgraduate honours design studio projects. 1999

Biota Street SCIP Design Tutorial: Queensland College of Art Griffith University, February – June: Project Briefing and attending 3 progress reviews and debriefing for postgraduate honors design students research subject using Brisbane City Council’s Biota Street, Suburban Centre Improvement Program (SCIP). 1999

Securing the Future: 3rd National Mainstreet Conference April 19-21: Presented a paper titled How to Build a Successful Mainstreet Project in 12 Months outlining the design principles, processes and outcomes being achieved by Brisbane City Council’s Suburban Centre Improvement Program. 1999

Re: making landscape: Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Biannual Conference Sydney September 18-20: Presented a paper titled Suburban Centre Renewal outlining the design principles, process and outcomes being developed to achieve integrated multi-disciplinary design in the Brisbane City Council’s Suburban Centre Program. 1998