PLANNING SKILLS BOOTCAMP: Young Planners PD workshop & retreat

This NSW forum is for planners in their first years of professional practice. It includes a full day professional development program and a separate half day workshop, open to all planners, on renewing our neighbourhoods.

The inaugural NSW Young Planners Professional Development Workshop and Retreat is a unique opportunity for young planning professionals from around the State representing both public and private practice to engage in a professional development environment catering for their specific interests.

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Workshop objectives

  • To provide young planners with some of the core professional development skills not directly taught in the workplace or at university
  • To enhance confidence and communication skills
  • To improve people management skills and capability
  • To provide a practical workshop on aspects of urban design and renewal
  • To assist in building professional network and developing relationships with others from different areas.

Benefits to your organisation
The professional development workshop is designed to give participants skills to deliver maximum value in their current roles and to equip them for future advancement. The workshop goes beyond the theory to give practical skills and techniques essential to career success. Our presenters are highly regarded with extensive experience across the public and private sectors.

Who should attend
The Forum is open to all planning and related professionals. The full day workshop on Friday is primarily aimed at professionals at the early stages of their careers. The half day workshop on Thursday is suitable for any planning and related professionals.

Registrations open - Register online for full workshop or download registration form


Thursday, 5 May: Nexus Room Pullman at Olympic Park

This half-day workshop is a case study of an urban renewal area and provides practical experience in working on a real situation and working as part of a team and is led by specialists in urban design, social planning, urban renewal and economic development.




Seminar and workshop – Our neighbourhood: shaping its future Welcome & introduction

Facilitator: Liam McKay, Director Community & Stakeholder Engagement, NSW Department of Planning

1.50pm The Strategic Context: Do we really need urban renewal in Sydney? And if so, why, where and how? Giovanni Cirillo, Executive Director Urban Renewal & Major Sites NSW Department of Planning
2.10pm The case study: Granville urban renewal area Bob Deacon, Sydney Metropolitan Development Authority

Panel discussion: How are the unique features of an area identified and how are these addressed? What are they key issues?
Urban design Joe Rowling, Senior Urban Designer, McGregor Coxall
Social Planning – Margot Black, National Manager Community Development, Stockland; Michala Lander, social planner, GHD
Financial feasibility – Pat Fensham, Director, SGS Economics & Planning
Active living & a developer's checklist Peter McCue, Premier's Council for Active Living (PCAL)

3.45pm Workshop - delegates & panellists
4.30pm Report back on workshop

Close of day

6.00pm Group dinner, The Brewery, Olympic Park (optional)

Friday, 6 May: Freshwater Room, Novotel Olympic Park

This full-day program features presentations and workshops on a range of management and professional development topics, including leadership skills, managing stress, creative problem solving, dynamic pitching skills and handling difficult customers. The program has been specifically developed to address professional development needs of planning professionals. Read more

9.30am Registration & coffee

Keynote presentations

  • Twelve leadership behaviours every planner should know
  • Passion Vs. Stress in the workplace – causes and solutions
1pm Lunch (provided)

Concurrent Workshops

  • Handling difficult customers
  • Dynamic pitching skills
  • Creative problem solving
4-5pm Closing presentation - special guest

We are pleased to announce that the special guest making the closing presentation is international rugby playing architect Al Baxter.

Al Baxter is an Australian rugby union player and one of the current Wallaby props. He has been in the team since the 2003 Rugby World Cup and also plays for the Waratahs in the Super 14. He is currently the most capped Wallaby prop.

Edge Land Planning Travellers Cheque
Edge Land Planning is offering sponsorship for a young planner to attend the Forum. To be eligible you need to be a PIA Young Planner and to reside outside the Sydney Metropolitan area. Expressions of interest should be emailed to Robyn Vincin by close of business on 20 April and should include a short paragraph explaining how the Forum will benefit you professionally.

We encourage delegates to stay overnight at the venue, as this provides an excellent opportunity to meet with other young professionals.

Conference accommodation rates have been negotiated at the following Olympic Park hotels:

Ibis Room $185.00
Novotel Guest Room $210.00
Pullman Superior Room $250.00
Accommodation is also available at the Formula 1 Olympic Park.
Accommodation should be booked direct with the venue, quoting the name and date of the workshop:

Getting there
The venues are situated at Olympic Park Station. Buses run from Parramatta and Lidcombe Stations. Download a bicycle map at the link below. Car parking is available at a cost in either the Hotel car park or P6H directly opposite the entrance to the Hotel.

Full registration covers workshops, morning & afternoon teas and lunch on Friday, workshop dinner and course notes.
Cost: $230.00 non-members; PIA Members/Students: $190.00

Day rate options (subject to availability):
Thursday: $85.00 non-members; PIA Members/Students: $55.00
Friday: $180.00 non-members; PIA Members/Students: $150.00


Students must provide proof.

To secure your place please register online on right-hand tab (existing users please login first) or download registration flyer.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions:

T: (02) 8904 1011
E: nswevents or nswyoungplanners

Thank you to our sponsors


For sponsorship opportunities please phone NSW State Manager Robyn Vincin on (02) 8904 1011


5-6 May 2011


THURSDAY 1.30pm-5pm; FRIDAY 9.30am-5pm

PD Points

9 points


Sydney Olympic Park

Registrations Close

3rd May 11 11:59 PM


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