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The Urban Planner of the Future: Celebrating 100 years of Planning Education at the University of Sydney

  • VSCC lecture theatre 208, Veterinary Science Conference Centre Regimental Drive Camperdown, NSW, 2050 Australia (map)

It's 100 years since the first systematic planning education, the Vernon Memorial Lectures delivered by John Sulman at the University, and 70 years since the University’s first formal postgraduate course led by Denis Winston. This event celebrates the role of the University in planning education in Australia by examining the question – what will be the role of the urban planner in the future and what skills will they need? After an introduction by A/P Paul Jones the question will be examined by Heather Nesbitt. Sue Weatherley, NSW PIA Planner of the year will provide a response. The views of a lively panel of alums of the Sydney Planning program will also be sought.

Speakers: Paul Jones, Program Director of Urban and Regional Planning; Sue Weatherley, NSW Planner of the Year, Planning Institute Australia; and Heather Nesbitt, Inaugural Greater Sydney Commission Social Commissioner and Fellow Planning Institute of Australia. 

Associate Professor Paul Jones is an urban development and management practitioner with 30 years professional experience in developing sustainable urban management, urban development and planning solutions in Australia and overseas. Since 2011, Paul has been Program Director of the Master of Urban and Regional program in the School of Architecture, Design and Planning. In 2014, Paul was made a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) for his outstanding contribution to planning education and practice. 

Heather Nesbitt has over 30 years’ experience in social sustainability, social housing, social infrastructure planning, people and place strategies and innovation. Heather has Extensive experience working with government, non-profit and private sectors. Leader in ensuring stakeholder and community consultation outcomes inform planning policy.  

Sue WeatherleyDirector City Strategy and Innovation, Georges River Council

Sue is a passionate and successful urban planner and senior local government executive with over 20 years of experience in senior local government executive roles in NSW and QLD. Sue has been on the NSW Architect Registration Board since 2014 and the Chair of the Planning Task Force for Committee for Sydney. Her contribution to Local Government has been twice recognised, in 2012 and 2016, as the recipient of the Minister’s Award for Women in Local Government. In November 2018, the Planning Institute of Australia named Sue the Planner of the Year at its annual excellence awards.