3 Sep / 2018

Public meeting on impact of planning decisions – 10 Sept


DATE: Monday 10 September 2018
TIME: 6:00pm – 8.00pm
VENUE: Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla ACT 2601

Jack Waterford AM, Max Bourke, Juliet Ramsay, Luisa Capezio, Fiona Carrick, Marea Fatseas,
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ABOUT: Canberra’s unique public spaces and urban environmental and heritage values are being subjected to significant change through a number of development projects, such as the Gungahlin to Civic Light Rail corridor development, the proposed City to Lake project and major urbanisation projects across suburbs and in town centres. Such projects invariably involve changes to planning policies.

Serious concerns have been raised by various Community Councils and community groups interested in specific aspects of a project or its impacts on the heritage and amenity values. The questions raised in particular are:

  • has the Government complied with its statutory planning requirements?
  • has there been adequate consultation with the local communities, and has the Government provided the necessary relevant information to those communities?
  • has there been input from professionals and experts? and
  • what is the Government’s vision for Canberra?

This IGPA Seminar will discuss the role of community councils and community groups interested in specific planning and/or heritage issues. The Seminar will particularly explore the adequacy and appropriateness of community consultation processes in planning decisions across the Territory, and improvements deemed necessary to those processes.

The Seminar is jointly convened by Professorial Fellow Jon Stanhope AO and Adjunct Professor Dr Khalid Ahmed PSM, and the event sponsored by the Lake Burly Griffin Guardians (LBG). The format of the event will be:

A key note address by Jack Waterford AM;
Address by Lake Burly Griffin Guardians, and brief presentations/speeches by representatives of Community Councils;
A panel discussion facilitated by Professor Mark Evans, Director Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis; and
Questions and answer session.
Resolution section chaired by the Guardians
Jack Waterford AM studied law at the Australian National University, and having graduated in 1972, started as a cadet at The Canberra Times. He was appointed Deputy Editor in 1987, Editor in 1995, Editor-in-Chief in 2001, and Editor-at-large in 2006. Jack retired in 2015, but continues as a freelance writer.

Jack is well known for his investigative journalism using Freedom of Information legislation and for his work and advocacy on indigenous health issues and on the national trachoma and eye health program. Over the years Jack has written on law, government, industrial relations, ACT politics and planning, indigenous affairs and the public service.

He was appointed to a Jefferson Fellowship at the East–West Center in 1987, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland in 1999. He is a board member of the Asia Pacific Journalism Centre. In 2007, Jack was awarded Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to journalism, particularly as a commentator on national politics and the law; to raising debate on ethical issues and public sector accountability, and to the community in the area of Indigenous affairs. He was 2007 Canberra Citizen of the Year for his contribution to journalism and Aboriginal health.


Max Bourke and Juliet Ramsay, Lake Burly Griffin Guardians;
Luisa Capezio, Campbell Community Association;
Fiona Carrick, Woden Valley Community Council; and
Marea Fatseas, Inner South Canberra Community Council.

Mark Evans is the Director and Professor of Governance at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis. He is an expert in the study and practice of governance and policy analysis. Before taking up this role he was Head of the Department of Politics at the University of York in the United Kingdom and Provost of Halifax College (1999-2009).

Mark has played an international role in supporting good administrative practices in public administration in developed and developing contexts. He has acted as a senior policy advisor, delivered training and managed evaluation projects in 26 countries. He has also worked with several Australian councils on the co-design and implementation of better policy-making frameworks to guide sustainable development.

Mark is the author, co-author or editor of 24 books in his field and has been the editor of Policy Studies since 2005. In addition, he has successfully supervised 18 PhD theses to a successful conclusion. He has been awarded honorary positions with the universities of Renmin in China, and York and Hull in the UK.