Conference program

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Program subject to change.

Monday 30 September

5.00 – 6.30

Conference early registration and light refreshments

Tuesday 1 October

8.00 – 8.50

Conference Registration

8.50– 9.00


9.00 - 9.10

Welcome to Country


Conference Opening      



Vice-Chancellor, La Trobe University, Professor John Dewar

9.10 – 9.25 Welcome Associate Professor Trevor Budge, La Trobe University

and Professor Michael Buxton RMIT University

9.25 - 9.55


Territories-in-between: the diversity of peri-urban development in Europe

Professor Vincent Nadin, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

9.55 – 10.25


Designing a sustainable future for suburban landscapes with rural greenspace

Professor Makoto Yokohari, University of Tokyo, Japan

10.25 – 10.35


10.35 – 10.55

Morning Tea

Session 1

Securing Food

 Policy and Governance

 Economic Development

11.00 – 11.15

Can food hubs catalyse health and resilient peri-urban Food systems?

Kirsten Larsen and Tanya Massy

Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab, University of Melbourne

Where’s the water gone? A reflection of water policy decision under pressure of drought.

Lin Crase

La Trobe University

The creative food economy and its applicability to southern Melbourne

Nick Rose

Food Connect Foundation

11.20 – 11.35

The nexus of food systems, governance and resilience on the edge: A case study of the Sunshine Coast in South-East Queensland

Christine Slade

University of the Sunshine Coast

If planning is everything, maybe that’s the problem? Reflections on efforts to protect agricultural land in Australia’s peri-urban regions

Peter Houston

South Australia

Property market, social and political impacts of special economic zones development on peri-urban areas in India: A case of Hyderabad

Piyush Tiwari

University of Melbourne

11.40 – 11.55

Peri-Urban food futures: Opportunities and challenges to reconfiguring sustainable local agri-food value chains on the Sunshine Coast,Australia

Brian Stockwell

University of Sunshine Coast

Governance, property rights and planning in Peri-urban areas: Sydney case study

Peter Williams

University of New South Wales

Place-based marketing of locations online: Understanding the ‘peri-urbanity’ of local government websites in Victoria and New South Wales

Marco Amati

La Trobe University

12.00 – 12.15

Growing food in a residential landscape

Ian Sinclair

Edge Land Planning

Carbon management in peri-urban cities in Queensland

Heather Zeppel

University of Southern Queensland

Growing jobs in the outer suburbs

David Wilkinson

City of Casey

12.20 – 12.35

Food from farmers

Michael Wohlstadt

Planning Advisory Services

Frankenstein’s chicken: Understanding local opposition to industrial broiler farms

Elizabeth Taylor

University of Melbourne

Provision of professional services in peri-urban spaces

Edgar Burns

La Trobe University

12.35 – 12.50

Question Time

Question Time

Question Time

12.50 – 1.25


Session 2


Landscape, Agriculture and Environment

Community Change

1.30 – 1.45

Peri-Urban environments and weed invasion: issues, consequences and solutions

David McLaren

Department of Environment and Primary Industries and La Trobe University

Amenity, landscape and forms of peri-urbanisation around Melbourne, Australia

Andrew Butt

La Trobe University

Return to nothing: Securing your new community in the Peri-Urban

Trevor Budge

La Trobe University

1.50 – 2.05

Peri-Urban environments: the x factor for plant pests and diseases

David Williams

Department Environment & Primary Industries Victoria

Environmental values and sense of place in the peri-urban landscape.

Angela Wardell-Johnson

University of the Sunshine Coast

Forming community in a context of growth in population and diversity

Heather Johnson

Wyndham City Council

2.10 – 2.25

Urban fringe weed management initiative – a collaborative approach to weed management

Stacey Warmuth, Kim Saunders and Simon Denby

Nillumbik Shire Council

Beneath the messy agriscapes: spaces in between

Angela Castles

Institute of Regional Development,

University of Tasmania

The impact of pokies on newly forming communities

Diana Bell

University of Ballarat

2.30 – 2.45

Understanding tradeoffs between high class land and development, and future pressures on Auckland’s soil resources

Fiona Curran-Cournane

Auckland Council

Planning and landscape in Peri-Urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state

Albert Llausàs Pascual

University of Melbourne

Regional cities- The place to be?

Naduni Wickramaarachchi

La Trobe University

2.50 – 3.05

Yarra Ranges biodiversity offsets program

Joanna Lebbink

Yarra Ranges Shire

Future proofing peri-urban agriculture: methods to quantify and value ecosystem services

Harpinder Sandhu

Flinders University

Conceptualising creative city through characterising the creative milieu in central Geelong

Nur Melati Zamri

Deakin University

3.05 – 3.20

Question Time

Question Time

Question Time

3.20 – 3.40

Afternoon tea

3.45 – 5.45

Choose between below site tours:

Site tour 1:

Green Wedge – Managed growth and environmental conflict

This travelling workshop will take participants into the Green Wedge areas of Melbourne’s north-east where environmental
values, agricultural perseverance and the conflict between habitat, fire safety and lifestyle are all hot planning and
political topics


Site Tour 2:

Whittlesea and Hume Growth Corridors – Residential Development, Employment Zones and Resource

This travelling workshop will examine issues surrounding urban expansion in one of Australia's fastest growing municipalities.

It will examine how projected plans for residential and other urban development are being managed by the Growth Areas Authority and the Whittlesea City Council as Melbourne's expansion consumes peri urban areas traditionally set aside
for a range of non-urban uses and resource management.




Conference Dinner

Wednesday 2 October

9 – 9.30





Integrating regional settlement with rural land protection: scenarios for peri-urban planning

Associate Professor Trevor Budge, La Trobe University


 Professor Michael Buxton, RMIT University

9.30 -10.00


Dynamism and Diversity: Demographic Change in Australian Peri-Urban Areas

Professor Graeme Hugo, The University of Adelaide      

10.00-10.15  Questions  

10.15– 10.30

Morning tea

Session 3



Understanding Changing Environments

10.35 -10.50

Planning for resilient, connected and well serviced communities

Tim Peggie

Growth Areas Authority

McLaren Vale - south of Adelaide: changing identities of a peri-urban, premier wine region

Andrew Millington

Flinders University

10.55 – 11.10

Balanced urban growth – Is it a myth or reality?

Basant Maheshwari

University of Western Sydney

Can a modelling exercise be developed to aid and foster sustainable planning processes and guide the future growth of a small coastal Australian city?

David Jones

Deakin University

11.15 – 11.30

It’s all about growth: peri-urban planning in ‘The Bush’.        

Paul McFarland

University of New England

Putting territories-in-between on the map

Alexander Wandl

Delft University of Technology

11.35 – 11.50

Looking outward to the future – why networked regional cities hold the key to successful policy at the fringe of our largest metropolises.
Steven Abbott

City of Greater Bendigo

The challenge of being heard: Understanding coastal urban and peri-urban Aboriginal People’s vulnerability and adaptive capacity to climatechange.        

David Jones

Deakin University

11.55 – 12.10

On Scale and Abundance – Rewatering the peri-urban landscapes of Australia as a physical, social and economic imperative
Peter Stevens

University of Newcastle
Understanding the role of disturbance in peri-urban

Brian Stockwell

University of the Sunshine Coast

12.10 – 12.25

Question Time


Question Time 


12.25 - 1.10



1.15pm – 2.00pm

1.00pm – 1.45pm

1.00pm – 1.45pm

1.00pm – 1.45pm

1.00pm – 1.45pm

Scenario modelling – A peri-urban futures initiative

Bill Fish & Kath Phelan

Spatial Vision and RMIT University

Peri-Urban – Where two worlds meet as one

Mark Pepping

Wingecarribee Shire Council

‘Are you going to Washington Square – building age, memory and time?’ - an exploratory workshop for new community consultation thinking.

Nicholas Loder

Consultant NSW

Peri Urban: the space between metro and regional cities

Anne Donovan & David Edwards

Peri Urban Group of Councils

What is so scary about planning for bushfire?

Gabby McMillan & Lidia Orsini

Country Fire Authority

5 min break

2.05pm – 2.50pm

1.50pm – 2.35pm

1.50pm – 2.35pm

1.50pm – 2.35pm


Strategic planning in Melbourne’s peri-urban area: A case study

Stephen Axford & Dean Savage

Axford Olszewski Strategies

Putting peri-urban on the map: ideas for an Australian Peri-urban Observatory

Peter Houston

South Australia

Creating better places by providing for a changing community

Tania Asper

Yarra Ranges Council

Managing natural capital and ecosystem services in peri-urban areas: A workshop on assessment and valuation methods

Andrew Millington & Harpinder Sandhu

Flinders University



2.55 – 3.15

Afternoon tea

3.15 – 4.00

Conversation cafes

4.00 – 4.15

Summations and conference close