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Who has the vision?

Former Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser, threw down the gauntlet to the planners and lawyers at the State Planning Conference in Warrnambool, asking for those with vision to consider running for politics.

Bemoaning the lack of big picture vision for the country, Mr Fraser delivered one of the keynotes at the conference which ran with a theme of ‘From Gatekeeper to Game Changer’.

The Warrnambool Standard captures former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser speaking at the State Planning Conference.

Over 200 delegates gathered in the Victorian seaside town to hear a wide variety of speakers designed to stimulate thinking and generate new ideas for the industry.

One of the most popular sessions was delivered by Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner and Executive Director for the City of Toronto. Toronto is run by one large council, a little similar to Brisbane City Council, with 360 planners working for the organisation.

They face similar issues to Melbourne in terms of change for a growing population and are experiencing a relatively rare phenomenon in an ageing world, with their population growing particularly in the 18-34 age bracket (known as Echo-Boomers). Toronto is looking at midrise development along the city’s avenues to develop what they term more ‘complete communities’.

Of course they are pretty keen to climb up the liveability rankings too, sitting not far behind Melbourne in fourth position (as ranked by the Economist Intelligence Unit).

And of course the Friday night drinks and dinner – with a shipwreck theme no less – were very well attended. David Lock Associates was a silver sponsor for event, which was run by the Planning Institute of Victoria and the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association.

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