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Medium density: New urban infill to meet the needs of a growing population

  • VSCC Lecture Theatre, Room 208 Veterinary Science Conference Centre (VSCC)   Regimental Drive, Camperdown, NSW, 2050 (map)

The inner city and middle ring suburbs a target area for growth in both Sydney and Melbourne. What should  medium density look like in Sydney? What is this strategy aiming to achieve? what are the implications for communities? and how do we measure success?


Speakers: Chris Johnson, CEO Urban Taskforce, Alison Frame Deputy Secretary, NSW Department of Planning and Environment, Michael Regan – Mayor, Northern Beaches Council and Maire Sheenan, Better Planning Network. Discuss the future planning of Sydney’s middle ring suburbs.

Refreshments served at 6pm. Event commences at 6:30pm.

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Chris Johnson


Chris Johnson is the CEO of Urban Taskforce Australia, an organisation that represents the property industry. In this role Chris has produced research papers on the structure of local government in NSW and publications on the future of our cities. He worked closely with local government as Executive Director in the NSW Department of Planning in developing the Housing Code, plans for regional cities and urban renewal generally. Before this he was NSW Government Architect for 10 years, a member of the Central Sydney Planning Committee, the Heritage Council of NSW and many government committees. Chris has written or edited over a dozen books on urban planning, architecture and cities. He has been adjunct professor at 3 Sydney universities and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012.


Alison Frame

Alison Frame leads the Planning Policy & Strategy division of the Department of Planning and Environment as Deputy Secretary. The Policy & Strategy division brings together the teams who formulate resource, industry and urban planning policies. Most recently Alison oversaw the successful passage of major reforms to the NSW Planning Act. Alison’s division also led the policy and legislative design of the Greater Sydney Commission, a new metropolitan governance organisation for Sydney which commenced in 2015.

Alison commenced her public service career with the Australian Public Service and held Executive positions in Medicare Australia, the Commonwealth Department of Families and Community Services and the Department of Human Services.  Alison has a Masters of Public Administration from the London School of Economics.


Michael Regan


Councillor Michael Regan was elected as Mayor of the newly amalgamated Northern Beaches Council in September 2017. Prior to that Mayor Regan was the first popularly elected Mayor of former Warringah Council in 2008 and was re-elected by the community with an increased majority in 2012. During this time Warringah Council was awarded the A.R. Bluett Memorial Award, which recognises the best-performing council in the state. The prestigious award acknowledged a wide range of accomplishments including organisational improvements, a sound financial position, collaboration with community groups and a strong emphasis on projects serving the arts community. Prior to being elected to Council, Michael worked in the local government sector for nearly two decades. 


Maire Sheenan

Marie Sheenan has worked in a range of roles in housing, local government and education over 40 years. Housing Associations and women’s refuges in London and Sydney in the ‘70s -‘90s. Market stalls at Camden Lock and Covent Garden ‘70s/80s. Adult education and local government from ‘90s in Sydney Mayor and councillor at Leichhardt council 1995-2008. Boards, committees-local government and education to 2017, Outreach, curriculum, policy and research in TAFE until 2018 and Governance training for Councils in NSW.