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Government and Growing Cities

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Kelly Crosthwaite, Regional Director, Fran Horsley, Project Manager Metropolitan Open Space Strategy - DELWP Port Philip Region, Stuart Hughes, Director Park Planning and Policy - Parks Victoria

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"Fran is currently leading the development of an Open Space Strategy for Metropolitan Melbourne.  Throughout her 28 year career in parks, she has focused on planning and managing Victoria's magnificent parks network across our cities, bays and waterways and iconic national parks, to deliver benefits to current and future generations".

Stuart Hughes is the Director Park Planning and Policy with Parks Victoria, Australia.  Stuart has 20 years of experience in operational roles in metropolitan and rural settings and brings this outlook to shaping strategic directions and policy development.


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Government and Growing Cities




The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and its partner agencies including Parks Victoria, play key roles in planning and delivering solutions to the challenges posed by growing cities. Challenges include population growth, diversification, densification, urban sprawl and urbanisation of regional areas.  Core to the responsibilities of DELWP and Parks Victoria are:

  • The provision of green infrastructure and use of public land to support the liveability of growing cities for our communities; and

  • Identifying opportunities to improve our approach to locating and designing open space as demands on our open space increase.

Government is responsible for:

  • Providing a robust strategic planning framework for open space (strategy);

  • Delivering projects that provide open space (actions); and

  • Using good data, technology, innovation and advice to deliver open space (tools) .

  • Examples will span established metropolitan areas, growth areas and regional centres.

Earlier Event: October 15
Urban Edge Parks
Later Event: October 15
Successful Major Facilities