Vital Who?

The Founder and Director of Vital Places is Robert Prestipino, Australia’s first “place-based enterprise” consultant.

Driven by his passion to help communities be “better places”, Robert specialises in shaping town centres to support their social, cultural and economic futures.

With his strong track record in delivering quality urban spaces, Robert brings a unique understanding of how to use public infrastructure projects as catalysts to secure vital futures for local communities.

Offering specialist skills in stakeholder communication, coaching, leadership and taskforce management, he helps community leaders understand stakeholder needs, create place-based enterprise strategies, and build a business case for infrastructure funding. Importantly, he assists with overall project management to ensure the community’s triple bottom line vision is delivered.

“I have worked with Robert on the Oxley and Moorooka Suburban Centre Improvement Projects in my ward of Moorooka.

Robert has been an important part of the success of both these projects. As the facilitator of the community Reference Groups for both projects he has maintained a positive and cooperative approach to balancing very different priorities from the various stakeholders on these projects in an inclusive and conciliatory way.

His technical work has always been very professional with innovations becoming a regular feature of these two projects based on Robert’s flexibility and responsiveness to new ideas which emerge as part of the process.

Robert is a superb chair of meetings as he engenders trust and aids participation from all members. He also seems to get the best out of his staff throughout.

It has been a pleasure working with him on these two projects and I highly recommend his professional expertise to anyone considering his services.”

Mark Bailey, Councillor for Moorooka Ward, Brisbane City Council

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