Good times are ahead, with the spring weather finally kicking in and suit jackets being left to gather dust at home. Happily for all in Melbourne, and especially our team here in Carlton, the Suzuki night market has opened for business once again. This bustling evening market (held at the same place as the daytime Victoria Market) is famous for its gastronomic delights from cuisines all around the world, including Spanish stews, Indian curries and even crocodile meat - perfect for those warm, lethargic evenings when you can't be bothered cooking but don't feel like the formality of a restaurant booking. Also on this weekend is the annual Polish Festival @ Federation Square, a great way to enjoy a beer (piwo) and snag (kielbasa) in the sun while soaking up some European culture.
In the planning world, it's less than a week to go til the Kemsley Oration - registrations are well underway and close on Tuesday, 22 November so be sure to get yours in asap! This is the Planning Institute's annual night of nights, our last major event for the year and as well as being a de facto Christmas/end-of-year celebration, it's an excellent opportunity for planners to listen to and mingle with three of Victoria's most influential planning-industry figures. As always, PIA members get a discounted rate ($15 off the $80 price) so make the most of your membership and head over to our website to register - see below for all the details.
We mentioned in last week's Bulletin that the Women's Planning Network will be holding their annual Christmas drinks on Thursday, 15 December - a venue has since been finalised so be sure to scroll down and put the when and where in your diary! There are numerous other events in the works for the next couple of weeks, including the Regional Planning Seminar in picturesque Echuca, so we encourage you to make the most of this year's final offerings and pass on the info to colleagues, students and friends.
Finally, there are two chapter representative positions vacant on the PIA Committee - Economic Development and Environmental Planning. If either of these are areas in which you have professional experience and interest, please contact Stuart Worn on (03) 9347 1900 or at email@example.com
A flock of starlings is called a murmuration. Their unique way of flocking is a natural phenomenon, and works via a decentralized system where the cohesion and movement of the group is created by the massive interaction among birds. If this morning's sunshine isn't uplifting enough for you, check out this amazing footage on YouTube.
We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event!
As PIA's last hallmark event of the year, the Kemsley Oration is all about celebrating another year of achievements by planners in creating an economically vibrant and environmentally sustainable community, in what has repeatedly been dubbed the World's Most Liveable city. It also gives those in the industry an opportunity to ask questions, share ideas and network with brilliant contributors to Melbourne's planning industry.
This year's Kemsley Orator will be Mr Peter Seamer, CEO of Victoria’s Growth Areas Authority, followed by presentations by Brian Haratsis and John Fitzgerald.
Thursday, 24 November 2011
Ormond Hall at the Belgian Beer Cafe, 557 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
To register or download the 2011 invitation, please visit the Kemsley Oration event page
Your chance to hear one of the world's leading academics and urban commentators. Limit of 25 people only!
Saskia Sassen is a Dutch sociologist noted for her analysis of globalization and international human migration.
The Master Class will focus on themes relating to the production of a global city: materiality, culture and economy (with a focus on the centrality and marginalisation of Australian and other Antipodean cities), critical themes to address in contemporary Australian cities and reflections on the Australian context.
Thursday, 24 November
La Trobe University, City Campus, 215 Franklin St, Melbourne 3000
PIA members $175, non-members $195
Please return this flier to Eula Black at firstname.lastname@example.org or via fax to (03) 9347 2900, no later than Monday, 21 November. For more information please download the flier or call (03) 9347 1900.
The Planning Institute Australia, with the support of the Shire of Campaspe, are proud to bring this regional planning seminar to the Campaspe region. Three planning-related professionals will discuss native vegetation; flood mitigation and management; and how to make change via section 72, 87 and 87A of Planning and Environment Act and Secondary Consents.
Panel: Astrid Di Carlo, Russell Kennedy Solicitors
Annette Jones from Russell Kennedy Solicitors
Guy Tierney from the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority
Tuesday, 29 November
Shire of Campaspe, Council Function Room, corner Hare and Heygarth St, Echuca
PIA & VLGA members $45 | ISV & VPELA members $55 | Non-members $60
For further information or to register online, please click here.
This is an excellent opportunity to network with the new DPCD Secretary Andrew Tongue, as well as other key industry figures, in an exclusive and intimate environment whilst enjoying a three-course meal and selection of fine Victorian wines. Andrew Tongue has recently joined the Victorian Public Service as the Secretary of the Department of Planning and Community Development, and has a distinguished career history with the Commonwealth Public Service.
This is strictly limited to 20 people.
12 noon - 2:00pm, Wednesday, 30 November
Wine Cellar RACV Club, 501 Bourke Street Melbourne
$165 (incl GST)
E-mail or fax this form with payment to Ms Eula Black via e-mail at email@example.com or via fax on 03 9347 2900. Bookings including payment must be received by 28 November.
South-West Regional Planners Network Event
The South West Regional Planners Network & Australian Institute of Landscape Architects with the support of PIA, AILA and Deakin University, Beveridge Williams, CPG, St Quentin & City of Greater Geelong are organising an end-of-year networking event. Our theme is around growing our towns and cities. Guest presenters include:
• Rod Duncan & David Jones from Deakin University - on challenges for towns and regions as well as Deakin's programs;
• Kirsten Bauer - Aspect Studios & Victorian President of AILA - providing a perspective on landscape architecture as an input into the regeneration of Corio-Norlane;
• Sam Sangstar (CEO) and Rob Vines (GM) - Urban Communities (formerly VicUrban).
The event will be followed by networking drinks at Deakin or a nearby establishment.
Afternoon, Thursday, 1 December
Deakin University, Waterfront campus, Geelong
Stay tuned - a flyer will become available next week containing further details, including RSVP info.
Public spaces can provide a stage for artistic expression, and street art can make a valuable contribution to a vivid and dynamic urban environment. As desirable as it might be, a vibrant street art culture is also elusive and difficult to replicate or manufacture. In Melbourne, we are lucky to have one of the world’s most innovative and envied street art scenes right on our doorstep.
The Victorian Young Planners invite you to join them on a tour of Melbourne’s largest public gallery, where the city’s walls and laneways act as a rich, varied and constantly evolving canvas. The tour will be led by well-known street-artists, and focus on the creation of public space, planning and culture in Melbourne, showcasing an aspect of the city many people never get to experience or understand. The tour finishes at the famous Blender Studios for drinks and nibbles while checking out some artists at work and chatting with other young planners.
Proudly supported by Ecology and Heritage Partners.
6:00 – 8:00pm, Friday, 2 December
Federation Square, outside 7-Eleven
$35 for PIA Members and Students, $40 for non-members. Light refreshments included.
Registrations are now open on the VYP Street Art Tour event page, or for more information please contact Simone firstname.lastname@example.org.
The recently released Growth Corridor Plans are high level integrated land use and transport plans that provide a strategy for the development of Melbourne's growth corridors over the coming decades. These plans identify areas for housing, jobs, transport, town centres, open space and key infrastructure for Melbourne's newest suburbs. The public and profession have been invited to comment on the draft Growth Corridor Plans.
Each of the members of the panel will speak for approximately 10 – 15 minutes about their topic expertise and then participate in a panel Q/A discussion with the audience.
Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the seminar.
1:00 - 3:30pm, Tuesday, 6 December
Carrillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, University of Melbourne, Parkville
PIA members - free | Non-members $15
Download and e-mail this form to Ms Eula Black at email@example.com or fax to (03) 9347 2900. Any inquiries please call Eula on (03) 9347 1900.
The Women’s Planning Network will be gathering for end-of-2011 festivities at The Commune at 6pm on Thursday, 15 December.
Please join us to catch up with friends and colleagues, to reflect on a year of planning and to celebrate our collective achievements!
For more information, please contact Sofie Anselmi at firstname.lastname@example.org or download the registration form.
Three practical computer-based courses for planners designed to make mapping easy by using free software and data. All courses presented by Dr. Daniel Paez, a highly experienced civil engineer with a PhD from the University of Melbourne.
Basic GIS mapping introductory course (Tuesday, 6 Dec)
This workshop introduces planners to GIS. It is designed for novice users of GIS technology to produce maps and analyses to industry standard that can be used in other CAD software or typical reports.
Data analysis and cartography (Wednesday, 7 Dec)
In this hands-on workshop, participants will advance their knowledge in GIS mapping. They will learn practical applications including ‘sheds analysis’, ‘visualisation’, cartography and statistical analysis. Developing professional maps and graphical representations of complex concepts that are accessible to stakeholders, is also learnt in this course.
Census data and its applicability in planning (Thursday, 8 Dec)
This new applied GIS workshop introduces planners to the brand new Census 2011 and focuses on the direct application of this census data to planning. Fundamentals covered in this course include: what is the census data, where can it be found and how can the data can be utilised with GIS mapping tools and spreadsheet software, including Excel.
8:30am - 5:00pm, 6, 7 & 8 December 2011
E-learning Studio, Percy Baxter
Level 1, Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne - Parkville Campus
Please visit www.mccp.unimelb.edu.au/gisforplanners, download the flier or contact Pamela Salvo on 03 9810 3143 or at email@example.com. To register please fill out a registration form
All you need to do is submit a well-researched, 2,000-word essay on an issue affecting the planning and design of urban or regional spaces in Victoria, by 16 December 2011.
For more information and to view the full entry conditions and essay assessment criteria, please visit www.wpn.org.au or contact Sofie Anselmi on 03 9347 1900 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Students can also make inquiries about the scholarship with the following contacts:
Melbourne University - Carolyn Whitzman and Claire Mouat
RMIT - Nicole Cook and John Jackson
La Trobe University - Trevor Budge and Julie Rudner
Deakin University - Rod Duncan
The PIA team is taking part in the 2012 Fitzroy 24 Hour Mega Swim to raise funds for MS Australia's 'Go for Gold' Scholarship program. 'Go for Gold' scholarships are awarded to people living with Multiple Sclerosis. To sign up for the team or to donate, please click here.
An event examining the ramifications for planning of legal decisions in 2011
Every year, PIA invites a senior member of the legal fraternity to discuss changes to planning controls, as well as significant decisions of VCAT and the Supreme Court over the previous 12 months and their implications on planning practice. The seminar is an extremely popular and a feature of the Institute’s professional development program. The 2011: Year in Review will be co-presented by Stuart Morris QC, a leader in planning and environment law with over 35 years experience, and Emma Peppler.
5:30 – 7:30pm, Wednesday, 15 February 2012
Russell Kennedy Solicitors, Level 12, 469 Latrobe Street, Melbourne
PIA members $45 / Non-members $60
For further information or to register, please visit the event page or contact Eula Black on (03) 9347 1900 or at email@example.com
Planners ahoy! Express interest now in this exciting study tour of North America, by undertaking the Study Tour Questionnaire live on the PIA website. Have your say and get on board as we:
Examine four globally renowned cities from a planning perspective, looking at metropolitan strategy and other topical areas such as regenerated neighbourhoods, transport and urban design.
Undertake a range of international networking and professional development activities, including participating in the American Planning Association National Conference.
Registrations for the tour open in early January—keep checking the PIA Vic website for updates.
Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Vancouver
13-27 April 2012
For more information please contact Sofie on (03) 9347 1900 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Getting The Housing We Want
Former Victorian Premier, John Brumby, speaks with Grattan’s Cities Program Director, Jane-Frances Kelly, at the launch of Grattan’s latest report, Getting The Housing We Want.
Our big cities are deadlocked. They continue to grow yet the market is not providing the housing that Australians say they want. Residents feel they have little say in how their neighbourhoods change; developers point to a range of barriers to building housing in established areas. Change is urgently needed. Grattan’s new report offers a plan to make it happen.
If anyone knows about the possibilities and pitfalls of change in this area it is John Brumby, who as Premier of Victoria between 2007 and 2010 had to address the consequences of Melbourne’s remarkable growth. Join him in conversation with Jane-Frances Kelly about her report and its recommendations.
5:45 - 7:00pm, Monday, 21 November 2011
Level 1, 242 Exhibition Street, Melbourne 3000
To register or for further information, please click here.
Gipps.Plan Forum No. 3 – 2011
The takeaways from this forum will be:
- Knowledge of impacts of regional issues
- An overview of land use strategies
- Awareness of regional integrated land use plan priorities
- An insight into community engagement practises
- How to integrate rural land use issues into the planning scheme
- Networking and engaging with Peers
PIA Professional Development Points = 3.75 points.
9:45am - 3:30pm, Monday, 21 November
71 Hotham St, Traralgon
Rooms 1 & 2
Please click here to download the flier. To RSVP, please e-mail email@example.com or phone Karen Teuben on 5172 2533 by Thursday, 17 November.
Rodney Tolley - Talking the Walk
A free public lecture by Rodney Tolley, leading UK-based pedestrian advocate, advisor and Chair of the global Walk 21 Conference, on such principles as ‘shared space’ and the concept of ‘naked streets’, as pioneered by the late Hans Monderman. The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion exploring the role and potential of pedestrian activity as a transport mode, led by industry and policy professionals.
5:00 - 7:00pm (tentative - TBC), Tuesday, 29 November
Deakin University Melbourne City Centre, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000
Please click here to download the flier or to register, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wind Chill Factor
The Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand in conjunction with Sinclair Knight Merz invites you to an informal evening seminar on renewable energy developments in Antarctica. Nam Quach from TRUenergy will share anecdotes from his recent journey to Antarctica.
6:00 – 7.30pm, Tuesday, 29 November
Level 16, 452 Flinders Street, Melbourne 3000
FREE for EIANZ members / non-members $15 (cost includes drinks and canapés)
To register please e-mail email@example.com or fax the registration form.
Exclusive Urban Climate Justice Research Network (UCJRN) Round-Table
What does the ‘climate-just’ Australian city look like? jointly hosted by the VLGA, Griffith University, Curtin University, Macquarie University, Monash University and RMIT. The aim of this roundtable is to bring together a caucus of diverse members of our community to identify and advance climate justice imperatives and opportunities within the Australian city context. The emphasis is on collaborative engagement, deliberation and dialogue focused around key questions such as - what is the climate-just city? How do the practices and stories of climate justice connect people with other elements of the natural world? How does the notion of a ‘climate just’ city challenge, complement, or replace current rights and privileges? Who dominates, who benefits and who gets left behind? The key objectives of the roundtable are to:
• Identify key issues and opportunities for achieving the climate-just Australian city
• Better understand how different groups (e.g. policy and decision makers, advocacy and service practitioners, and communities) imagine, conceptualise and practice climate justice at various scales; and
• Advance (with a view to applying) innovative/creative methods for putting climate justice issues into urban policy practice within the context of Australian cities
Numbers are limited to 60.
Tuesday, November 29 from 9am-12.30pm
RMIT Storey Hall, Building 16, Level 7 Conference Rooms 1 & 2 (342 Swanston Street, Melbourne).
To register your interest in being part of the network and/or to RSVP attendance to the Melbourne roundtable please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (03) 9349 7999 by COB Thursday, November 24.
La Trobe University Bendigo will once again be offering its Heritage Planning program as a block over two weekends in November and December 2011. Single subject enrolments or non-assessed attendance opportunities are offered.
The increasing breadth and understanding of Heritage Planning in the Victorian Planning System creates new issues for planning for heritage, and the need to develop skills, reflect on these and experience issues in the field in relation to post-contact European heritage planning and Indigenous Cultural Heritage Management. This program is co-ordinated by Dr Robyn Ballinger and introduces a range of practitioners and academics who will place heritage planning practice, legislation and dilemmas in an urban and rural context.
Thursday, 17 (all day), Friday, 18 (all day), Saturday, 19 (Saturday half-day) November
At the Visual Arts Centre, View St, Bendigo (opposite the Art Gallery). Lunch provided
Saturday, 3 and Sunday, 4 December - full days in field in central Victoria (European and Aboriginal).
For further details and enrolments, please contact Andrew Butt or Margaret Tarr.
The State of Australian Cities national forum, held biennially, shares scholarship directed at the complex and multidimensional issues facing us as an urban nation. This conference will seek ways of bridging the divides created by a focus on disciplinary based approaches to research, towards better cities in a better country.
Monday, 28 November - Friday, 2 December
University of Melbourne, Parkville campus - Berkeley St, Parkville
Please visit the website or click here to download the registration form.
NWMR Integrated Planning Conference
Celebrating and building on best practice in integrated local area planning across the North and West Metropolitan Region
The Integrated Planning Conference will bring together stakeholders actively involved in integrating planning functions across the built, social, economic and natural environments. A key purpose of the conference is to foster best practice planning for municipal public health and wellbeing. Planners will be invited to share their work and identify opportunities for furthering their work through the department's Area-based approach. The conference will provide opportunities for key regional stakeholders to provide keynotes and lead discussion on ways to strengthen integrated planning across the North and West Metropolitan Region.
9am, 7-8 December 2011
Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre, 387 Bell St, Preston 3072
Please contact Dr Iain Butterworth by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone on (03) 9412 5329, by Wednesday, 30 November 2011.
La Trobe University International Planning Studies Program
Young Planner opportunity to participate!
The Victorian Young Planners identified in their 2011/2012 Strategic Plan that they would like to foster relationships with other young planner counterparts from around the globe. As such, we are proud to offer three young planners the opportunity to participate in the esteemed La Trobe University International Planning Studies program. This program is available to all young planners from across the country, so get in EARLY.
The program will focus on a planning project in Trincomallee, a city-region on Sri Lanka's east coast, enabling young planners to plan in another setting, draw on their planning skills to apply to a new and unfamiliar situation and to learn lessons in cross-cultural communication through actively working with students and professionals from another country. The program will also involve an optional visit to Malaysia to look at planning and development issues in urban and small town settings. While there will be time to socialise and for sightseeing, young planners will be expected to attend and participate in the study tour program at all times.
Depart Melbourne 31 January 2012, return to Melbourne 19 February 2012
Approximately $2100 (including flights, accommodation, meals, insurance and administration) plus personal expenses.
For more information please contact Andrew Butt (firstname.lastname@example.org). An expression of interest will be required by 11 November 2011.
If you are available for a 3 or 6 month placement in Sri Lanka next year, please contact Sofie.Anselmi@planning.org.au or on 03 9347 1900. A short film about PIA's work in Sri Lanka can be found here.
Certificate IV in Government (Statuory Compliance) and Certificate IV in Government (Investigations) dual program
Industry specific qualification endorsed by the Planning Enforcement Officers Association (PEOA)
This specialist qualifications program is ideal for those responsible for ensuring statutory compliance in legislation, regulations, government and organisational policy, and conducting investigations. By participating in this program, you will gain advanced investigation skills, learn to effectively monitor statutory compliance, identify breaches and enforce compliance.
Traineeships are available for eligible participants, which can attract State and Government incentive payments to the employer to support enrolment fees.
Workshop day 1: Tuesday, 15 November
Workshop day 2: Tuesday, 22 November
Swinburne University of Technology, John Street, Hawthorn
For more information, including course fees, please contact Nigel Cousins at email@example.com or on 0417 331 907.
Upcoming units and dates:
5-6 December - Professional Ethics
8-9 December - Climate Change
All PLANET programs are endorsed by PIA as part of an approved Professional Development (PD) program. The full PLANET 2011 training calendar can be downloaded here.
Certificate IV in Local Government Planning | Certificate IV in Business
Supporting Local Governments on Gaming Policy Project
The VLGA has initiated the Supporting Local Governments on Gaming Policy Project to address Electronic Gaming Machine (EGM) related issues in local government. Key aims of this project are to enhance planning controls and social policies around gaming, as well as training on useful tools and guides for gaming processes for local government staff.
For more information or policy support, contact Emma Shepherdson, Gaming Policy Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 9349 7999.
We have extended the closing date for applications to participate in this year's mentoring program.
This unique professional development opportunity will pair inspired and experienced planning ‘mentors’ with young professionals. Exchanges between mentors and their mentees can cover a broad range of topics, from workplace and leadership issues to discussion of current planning issues.
PIA, WPN and VYP are putting a call out to all prospective participants.
If you are interested in taking part or would like more information, please contact PIA Victoria via email@example.com or 9347 1900.
Book of the Week: Advance Australia... Where? by Hugh MacKay
Paperback: (RRP $24) PIA Price $20
Click here to download an order form and take advantage of this discount.
PIA Project Manager
PIA is looking for an exceptional person who has a desire to make a difference to the community and the planning profession, through the delivery of a national post-disaster support program for planners in flood affected communities.
This is a national project covering a range of geographic locations across the country that have been impacted by flooding over the past 12 months. The position is to project manage a grant through the National Emergency Management Program and is focused on supporting post-disaster planning in flood affected communities.
Mint Inc is a seven member Committee of Management appointed by the Victorian Government to restore heritage properties located on Crown Land for commercial and community use. Since its inception in 1998, Mint Inc has taken on the management of twelve heritage sites across Victoria, undertaking significant restoration Conservation works to give the properties a new lease of life. Reporting to the Chair and Board Committee, you will be responsible for delivering on an exciting strategic plan whilst ensuring the organisation has sound governance and robust policies, procedures and systems in place which underpin the high ethical standards and expectations of the Board Committee. You will need to demonstrate high quality project management skills and an ability to pursue best practice in building conservation, and the maintenance of buildings, and property and tenancy management.
This role provides for great flexibility being 0.8 EFT and offers an attractive equivalent remuneration package.
Please contact Darren Condon Green on (03) 9828 6562 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications close Monday, 5th December 2011.
Researcher - Land Studies/Urban Planning
Australian Volunteers International is currently recruiting for a suitably qualified and experienced researcher to take up the role of Researcher - Land Studies/Urban Planning with the National Research Institute in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. This positions comes under the Australian Volunteers for International Development program funded by the Australian government. Living allowance, accommodation, settling in and resettlement allowances, airfares, insurance, pre-departure briefing, in-country support and post assignment support provided.
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Please contact Ian McDonald (+613 9279 1781; imcdonald @australianvolunteers.com). Applications ended Monday, 7 November but late applications will be accepted upon request.
Four research scholarships (three PhD and one masters-level) are available through the Place, Health and Liveability Research Program, an exciting new multidisciplinary research program between the urban planning program in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning and the McCaughey VicHealth Centre for the Promotion of Mental Health and Community Wellbeing in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.
More details about these scholarships and about how to apply are available here. Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents and must meet the University’s selection criteria for entry to the PhD or Masters of Philosophy. These can be viewed here.
The draft Growth Corridor Plans have been released for public comment. These plans set the strategic direction for future urban development of land brought into Melbourne's Urban Growth Boundary over the coming decades. The public is now invited to comment on the draft corridor plans. Public consultation starts today and will run for six weeks, closing at 5pm on Tuesday, 20 December, 2011. Submissions to the GAA can be emailed to email@example.com or posted to Growth Corridor Plan Submissions, Growth Areas Authority, Level 29, 35 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000. All submissions will be made publicly available at the end of the public consultation process.
The City of Melbourne is calling on the community to contribute to a new food policy and help ensure that Melbourne continues to enjoy high quality food for years to come. This Food Policy Discussion Paper has been released as part of the community consultation.
We invite you to read the Food Policy Discussion Paper and forward your comments and views to either online to firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing to City of Melbourne Health Services Branch, GPO Box 1603, Melbourne 300.
The closing date for feedback is 5pm on Friday, 9 December 2011.
Click here to watch a new video examining the many beneficial aspects of Selandra Rise, designed to give residents easy access to a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle and a sense of community. You can also view an older film on Selandra Rise here.
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