Urban Development Institute of Australia (VIC) 2015 Summit


The Urban Development Institute’s 2015 Urban Development Summit will bring insight, intelligence, innovation and ideas to delegates through a highly relevant program of keynote presentations and panel discussions charged with unpacking some of the industry’s hottest issues.

The interactive 2015 Urban Development Summit features the sector’s best minds who will focus on the big ticket issues facing the industry. The speakers and panel sessions will unpack the importance of vision in the development of our cities and urban areas; what the community expects us to deliver; and, unpack opportunities for the approvals system in this period of dynamic change.

Sessions will range from expert insights into the state of Australia’s housing market, to research and intelligence-focused presentations on consumer drivers. The Summit will also feature policy-based sessions highlighting opportunities for innovation through practical examples and case studies.


In a globally competitive world, cities and industries need to achieve unprecedented levels of productivity and improve their service delivery capabilities by making core systems such as transport, buildings, energy and water networks, public safety, government services, education and health – ‘smarter’

Catherine Caruna-McManus will set the tone for the Summit by sharing her experience in helping cities locally and globally to leverage the digital services economy and the implications of technology shifts on the policy, planning and regulatory environment for cities and regions.

Allen Garner, Chief Operating Officer, Victorian Level Crossing Removal Authority will provide an overview of progress on the Andrew’s Government’s level crossing agenda as it is rolled out across Victoria. A highly practical and relevant discussion will follow with Zac Cvitkovic, Principal Urban Designer, AECOM and Julian Lyngcoln, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and focus on the prime opportunities for urban renewal and urban development in and around these areas.

As Australia’s economy continues to undergo major transition, much commentary has focused on the role of cities within the nation’s prosperity. But how are we really doing? Is Melbourne, as one of Australia’s most important and productive major cities, living up to its potential?

Professor Ed Blakely, Honorary Professor in Urban Policy at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and Founder and Chair of the Future Cities Collaborative will unpack the makings of a productive city.

Expert industry commentators including Christian Grahame, General Manager Apartments – Mirvac, Kate Roffey, CEO - Committee for Melbourne and Brendan Smith, Director of Strategy & Research - Ausin Group, will address important questions including, ‘what are the measurable attributes of our city’s productivity in the national context?’, and ‘what are the roles of government and the private sector in ensuring Melbourne is a genuinely productive city?’.


Industry, government and community CEO’s will tackle the big questions around how businesses are responding to consumer driven demand in the housing sector and what impact does government policy have on the industry’s ability to respond to and deliver quality housing and community outcomes.

Mike Davis, GM Victoria, Stockland, Luke Hartman, CEO, Metro Property Group, Gregory Anderson, CEO, Places Victoria and Diana Heggie, CEO, Heart Foundation will discuss what it is that communities of the future really want, and how creating lifestyle orientated developments can ensure positive social and health outcomes for these communities.

The Hon. Richard Wynne MP, Minister for Planning will join the Urban Development Institute to speak about current issues facing the Victorian Government, about the priorities of the Andrews Government and will provide insights into government policy development and decision making.

In light of dramatic changes to the Federal Government’s national agenda, the Institute’s October Industry Lunch with Saul Eslake, leading public commentator and national economist is a not to be missed event.    Hear from Saul about how the new national agenda will impact the Victorian economy and gain expert insights into what the economic spin offs could mean for Victoria’s housing and urban development sector.

As a major point of public commentary, land supply and housing affordability continues to perplex and baffle both the housing industry and Victoria’s communities alike. Get clear, on-the-ground intelligence from Rob Papaleo, National Executive Director, Charter Keck Cramer, Peter Seamer, CEO, Metropolitan Planning Authority and Anthony Boyd, Executive General Manager – Residential, Frasers Property Australia into what really drives the numbers behind the hype and be better informed to go back into your business knowing you have the information to make better decisions.

The Urban Development Institute’s 2015 Urban Development Summit will push the boundaries of industry discussion and bring delegates face to face with decision makers and industry experts who are pivotal in shaping the urban development industry.

Followed by networking drinks and the Institute’s 40th Anniversary Industry Dinner, join with us for a day and night of celebration and industry recognition.

The Right Honorable the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Robert Doyle will provide a keynote address about the urban development industry's notable achievements over the past 40 years, which have made Victoria the region it is today. The Distinguished Service Award and Life Memberships will be presented by the Shadow Minister for Planning, David Davis.

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