Welcome to the November 2010 edition. The following edition includes:
Message from the PIA National President
Given the build up to the federal election, there appears some confusion around roles and responsibilities for many of the issues that the Planning Institute and others have been making representation to the Government for a number of years. There are at least four ministers with an obvious link to the planning and built environment agenda.
Using my abbreviations, the departments of Sustainability and Population, Regional Development, Infrastructure and the Prime Minister's office appear to all have an important contribution, with city strategic planning systems still administered by the COAG Reform Council and therefore reporting through Prime Minister and Cabinet, whilst it is understood that the Major Cities Unit now reports directly to Minister Albanese rather than through Infrastructure Australia.
It will take a while to see what emerges out of the Regional Development portfolio, but clearly this introduces important opportunities for smaller and more remote communities that feature there own unique set of planning issues to be considered. It is also anticipated that the review of ministerial councils earlier this year will result in a significant reduction in the total number, including the Local Government and Planning Ministers' Council. One of the implications of this, when it occurs, is the potential for important planning considerations to be filtered through the Business Competition Regulation Working Group, whose focus is on the Seamless National Economy and therefore regulatory reform, as opposed to long range strategy and policy development.
The Institute, both directly and through the partnerships it has with other organisations, will seek to engage with the relevant ministers to ensure that the types of issues members raise are conveyed and, equally important, offer ideas about practical ways to approach some of these subjects. We also have significant elections occurring in the near future in Victoria and New South Wales, where the complexion of government will greatly influence the direction of planning in those two states over the next four years. In many respects this serves to illustrate what we already know, which is that planning practice is never far from the political landscape.
PIA National President
Notice of PIA AGM
PIA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Thursday, 18 November, 2010 at 6.00 pm at Gadens Lawyers, Level 16, 77 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, NSW. efreshments will be available from 5.30pm onwards.
Corporate Members of the PIA are entitled to be present and to vote at the AGM either in person or by proxy. Members wishing to vote by proxy should complete and return a proxy form to the Chief Executive Officer by 5 pm on Tuesday, 16 November, 2010.
Proxy forms are available here.
Minutes of the 2009 AGM are also available on the PIA website.
World Town Planning Day Conference
You’re Invited! 2010 World Town Planning Day Online Conference focuses on Integrating Food Systems into the Planning Process
Monday, 8 November and Tuesday, 9 November
For participants over the International Date Line, conference dates will be Tuesday, 9 November and Wednesday, 10 November
For the second year in a row, eight planning organisations – including the Planning Institute of Australia – have come together to support a joint “virtual” conference for planners from around the globe in honor of World Town Planning Day. It is conducted completely online as part of efforts to reduce the carbon footprint resulting from presenter/participant travel.
This year’s conference brings together leading practitioners and experts on the topic “Healthy People, Healthy Places, Healthy Planet: Integrating Food Systems into the Planning Process". The program includes two keynote addresses, six conference presentations and two Pecha Kucha networking sessions.*
Learn more about the program/speakers and register at the conference website, www.PlanningTheWorld.net. Registration closes on Thursday, 5 November at midnight Eastern Time/ New York. Registration is available for the entire conference, by the day or by session.
PIA Website Updates
In August 2010 PIA launched a new Website and Members area. PIA is continuing to work to ensure that the website is user friendly. Some changes have been implemented after feedback was received.
Here are some of the changes:
Ability to search for a Consultant using the Consultants' company name
Clearer instructions when registering as a group for an event
Edit order button added throughout all steps of registering for an event
The following changes will be made shortly:
Please be aware that PIA does not accept AMEX.
If you have any suggestions please contact Gillian Morgan
Global Planners Network
This network includes Planning Institute of Australia, Commonwealth Association of Planners, American Planning Association, Canadian Institute of Planners and The Royal Town Planning Institute.
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2011 PIA Congress
The 2011 Congress will seek to look outside the profession and present a lively and informative expose of the way planners engage with the world and how the world perceives planning. The title ‘Critical Mass’ symbolises some serious soul searching for the profession as well as the need to create effective partnerships to make the changes needed.
YPConnect is an annual event that allows young planners, both students and graduates, to have a voice on a national scale and to participate in professional development specifically targeted at young planning professionals.
PIA National Policy
Prime Minister’s Task Group on Energy Efficiency
The Government has released the Report from the Prime Minister’s Task Group on Energy Efficiency. A PIA submission was made in the consultation process on the Issues Paper.
ADC Cities Report: Enhancing Liveability
The ADC Cities Report: Enhancing Liveability has recently been released. The report is the result of a summit that brings together of leaders from business, government, the public sector, academia and the broader community to improve their understanding of key issues affecting Australia. High profile PIA members involved included former PIA National Presidents Prof Barbara Norman and Dr Marcus Spiller.
PIA National President Neil Savery issued a media release welcoming the release of the report as “a further contribution to the important debate that the community is engaged in over the future of our cities and the creation of a successful and sustainable nation”.
CPP Intensive Course
The 2011 CPP calendar should be online by mid November with PIA offering more opportunities for interested parties to host in-house CPP sessions. For more details please contact the CPP Manager, Robbie McWilliams on 02 6175 2106 email@example.com.
We are running a non scheduled Effective Communication, Negotiation and Mediation course in Townsville QLD from November 15 – 16. A very limited number of slots are available. Please contact Robbie McWilliams, National CPP Manager for more details, 02 6175 2106 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only three places remain at the upcoming CPP Intensive Course, running 22-26 November 2010 at The Sands in Torquay, Victoria. If you would like to gain your CPP status in just 5 days, please contact Melita Brown on (03) 9347 1900 or email@example.com to register.
Aussie Young Planner speaks at Malaysian Young Planners Forum
Anna Pullen (National Young Planners Group Convenor) and Sebastian Tauni (NSW Young Planners Group Chair) delivered papers at the Malaysian Young Planners Forum in Kuala Lumpur last month.
The inaugural forum, hosted by the Malaysian Institute of Planners titled ‘Addressing Climate Change Towards Liveable Cities’, brought together young planners from Malaysia, Brunei and Australia. The forum was a great success and culminated in the signing of the ‘KL Declaration’ – a bold statement of what we as young planners can and should do to address climate change.
Also on the international front, young planner from Queensland, Alex O’Reilly, was the winner of the CAP Young Planners Network competition and attended the Canadian Institute of Planners Conference in Montreal in October.
The NYPG have also just released their latest issue of Connections, available at www.planning.org.au/youngplanners
Interested in supporting PIA's work in International Development?
The Planning Institute Australia has been working in partnership for many years with the Institute of Town Planners Sri Lanka and the Pacific Island Planning Association to deliver various projects and provide general support to our international planning colleagues. This involves Australian planners working in other countries as well as training opportunities for international planners to visit Australia.
PIA is currently seeking expressions of interest from organisations to host international planners for 8 week work placements in the second half of 2011. If your organisation is willing to share your work experience, skills and knowledge with our international colleagues and provide them with the opportunity to learn more about current Australian planning practices we would like to hear from you! All costs associated with the placements' are covered by the Institute.
For those of you interested in supporting in other ways, have you thought about donating towards these projects as a part of your organisation’s corporate social responsibility? In previous years, firms such as Planisphere have also chosen to donate towards PIA international development initiatives in lieu of providing Christmas cards and with the festive season fast approaching, this may also be something you could consider.
For further information or to register your interest please contact Micaela Drieberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 9347 1900.
Victorian Division end of year function
Organisation is underway for the Victorian Division’s end of year function, the annual Kemsley Oration. Mr Paul Ramadge, Editor-in-Chief, The Age, has accepted the Institute’s invitation to present the Oration, which is held in honour of Sir Alfred Newcombe Kemsley. The official invitation will be available in the coming days.
PIA Bookshop and Merchandise - Great for Christmas
The PIA Book Catalogue has had a number of exciting new additions, including several by authors who spoke at the 2010 Victorian Planning Conference.
Advance Australia... Where? by Hugh MacKay,
The Handbook of Community Safety, Gender and Violence Prevention - Practical Planning Tools, by Carolyn Whitzman,
The Sixth Wave: How to Succeed in a Resource Limited World, by Dr. James Bradfield Moody and Bianca Nogrady,
The House on the Hill by Dr Neil Barr, and
Weighing Up Australian Values, by Professor Brian Howe, AO.
We have also recently listed Affluence, Mobility & Second Home Ownership by Chris Paris, who will be speaking at the upcoming EAROPH 2010 conference.
PIA Gift Vouchers are available for you to purchase.
PIA Bookshop Order forms...
PIA offers a Memory Stick, Compendium and Notebook, PIA Jacket Pin, Leather Business Card Holder and PIA Cycling Jersey.
PIA Merchandise Order forms...
PIA Employment Directory
Advertise your positions vacant on the PIA Employment Directory to attract quality employees. Contact Gillian Morgan to discuss your options
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Women's Planning Network 2010 Rising Star Scholarship
The Women’s Planning Network 2010 Rising Star scholarship is currently open for applications. The scholarship is sponsored by Hansen Partnership, and is open to all male and female local and international students entering into 3rd or 4th year of undergraduate studies, or undertaking postgraduate studies in any Victorian tertiary institution.
Click here for terms and conditions.
All students need to do to apply is submit a 2,000 word essay addressing an important issue affecting the planning and design of our urban, regional or rural spaces in Victoria on or before the 12th November 2010.
For inspiration or more information visit www.wpn.org.au.
University of Canberra - Master of Urban and Regional Planning