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December 2013

David Lock Associates Appoints New Associate Planner (Sydney)
and Senior Urban Designer (Melbourne)

David Lock Associates is pleased to announce the recent appointment of both Steve Guy as Associate Planner in their Sydney operations and Jessica Christiansen as Senior Urban Designer in their Melbourne operations.


Steve comes to David Lock Associates with a strong background in Statutory and Strategic Planning in the NSW planning system; and a wealth of experience in public and private sector land release planning, development, mediation and facilitation.


David Lock Associates CEO, David Klingberg said “ We are excited at the continued strength and success of David Lock Associates Sydney. Steve brings with him the necessary skills and experience to allow the business to develop and thrive within the NSW market and adapt to the ongoing changes in the NSW planning system.”

Jessica is a qualified Urban Designer and Landscape Architect with over ten years experience working within Australia, Asia, the United Kingdom and most recently Canada delivering a wide variety of urban projects in the public and private sector. Her passion and expertise lies in town centre design and management, public space activation, and community engagement.


Jessica brings a keen sense of design and strong lateral thinking skills to all her projects, delivering innovative and practical solutions for her clients.

planning, urban planning, sydney, landscape architecture, masterplanning

Stonnington New Residential
Zones Update

The City of Stonnington in Victoria recently considered consultation feedback on its draft ‘new residential zones’ on 16th December 2013. The proposed zones have been revised in response to feedback from the consultation process between September and October. The revised zone map can be found here.

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planning, infrastructure

Plan Melbourne -
What's it all about?

Everyone is talking about Plan Melbourne. Telling you what’s in and what’s out. The controversial inclusions and even more controversial exclusions. Here at David Lock Associates, we couldn’t help think – ‘who needs another summary?’ So we decided to ponder what it might actually mean to the spatial structure of Melbourne.




Merry Christmas from
David Lock Associates

Our warmest wishes over the festive season and a prosperous New Year. Thank you to all our clients and collaborators for making 2013 a successful year. We look forward to continuing to work with you in 2014.

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Marketing and Communications
Coordinator (Maternity Cover)

David Lock Associates, an international Town Planning and Urban Design firm is looking for a Marketing and Communications Coordinator to cover Maternity Leave from the end of February 2014.

You will be employed part-time, working 2 days (15 hours) per week to coordinate all aspects of Marketing across our Melbourne and Sydney offices. 

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November 2013

Employment-Led Design with Lawrence Revill

David Lock Associates UK Managing Director, Lawrence Revill, was recently in the country to help our Australian offices celebrate 15 years.

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planning, visioning

Planning for the Future of
Sydney’s Employment Lands

Putting the needs of the new economy at the heart of future Employment Lands Planning.

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planning, sydney, visioning

October 2013

David Lock Associates, Hill PDA and Aecom delivering WestConnex

David Lock Associates, Hill PDA and Aecom were successful in a joint bid for the Parramatta Road Revitalisation Project (WestConnex Urban Revitalisation Project).

David Lock Associates has a key role in the land use planning component of the project with the ultimate deliverable being an Integrated Transport and Land Use Structure Plan for the 33km road corridor.


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Follow David Lock Associates on Twitter and LinkedIn

David Lock Associates have joined the 21st Century and can now be followed on Twitter and LinkedIn.

To make a connection to us via LinkedIn click here or to join our conversation on Twitter click here. Alternatively, you can click on the social media icons on our home page or click through the social media links in our next enewsletter.

New Residential Zones – A Comparison of Council Implementation

It’s been an action packed few months in planning, with several Councils releasing their implementation of the new zones, and the Metropolitan Strategy released earlier this month. 

Both of these initiatives will affect residential development in Victoria.

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planning, urban planning, infrastructure

Fishermans Bend
Urban Renewal Area

The Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area is located to the south-west of Melbourne’s CBD covering an area almost double the size of Melbourne’s existing central city. The recently released Draft Vision seeks to transform this existing industrial precinct into a thriving, mixed-use inner city environment. The Vision anticipates that over a period of 30 to 50 years, Fishermans Bend will become a flourishing community, providing a home for more than 80,000 residents and a workplace for up to 40,000 people.

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The Liveable City

This week is the University of 'Melbourne's Festival of Ideas', an opportunity to share knowledge, ideas and debates with the community, each event enagaging around a different theme.  This year's theme is the sciece of healthy living.  

Image Source: Flickr Martin Gillett


DLA staff attended one of the highlights of the week, a thought provoking and inspiring seminar on the topic 'The Liveable City'.  Speakers included CoDesign's Lucinda Hartley, City of Melbourne's Rob Adams and David Burney from New York City Department of Design and Construction.  The event was chaired by Kate Roffey of the Committee for Melbourne.

David Bunrey talked about his work in creating the Active Design Code, which looked at how we can create built environments that encourage activity, exercise and interaction.  Rod Adams discussed the need for increasing urban density along transport corridors, and encouraging flexibility in the way we use our spaces, to make Melbourne more sustainable in every sense.  Lucinda Harltey shared some insipring insights into tactical urbanism, and how communities and even individuals can influence their neighbourhoods to make them even better places to be, highlighting how planning can be more engaging and fun.

It was great to hear these top notch speakers share their passion and knowledge.  The twitter feed #uomfoi was going off with lots of positive responses, questions and comments.  This seminar was one of several as part of the festival ideas,  More information on the festival can be found here.

September 2013

Wedding Bells at DLA

DLA are delighted to announce the wedding of DLA's own Alastair Campbell and long time sweetheart Danielle Campbell (nee Ruddick).

Alastair surprised everyone, announcing his wedding after a brief few days off, where he and Danielle tied the knot at the Registry surrounded by close family.

DLA sends Alastair and Danielle, and their two mini Campbells warmest congratualations and best wishes for the future.




On 16th September 2013, the Premier and the Minister for Planning released the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area Draft Vision and Interim Fishermans Bend Design Guidelines for community engagement.

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There are a number of changes to the Planning and Environment Act which are being undertaken in 2 stages. Stage 1 of the amendments commenced on 22 July. Some of the changes in Stage 1, such as the new provisions for the Planning Application Committee, are enabling provisions that will become effective once the appropriate administrative arrangements are in place.

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