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Industry leaders across Local and State Government, consultancies, community services and the development industry, converged on the Bryan Brown Theatre today, to share their knowledge on creating innovative public spaces.
The City of Canterbury Bankstown, in conjunction with Place Leaders Asian Pacific, delivered the Place Dynamics and Governance Workshop to more than 50 people.
Mayor, Khal Asfour, said the day brought some of the best and brightest minds together.
"The all-day workshop explored ideas, systems, processes and models behind creating a successful City and destinations within," Mayor Asfour said.
"With the unprecedented level of growth expected in our area over the next 20 years, it’s crucial Council designs and develops a future City that is integrated and holistic, and one where people want to continue to live, work and play."
With rapid development spreading across NSW, in particular Canterbury-Bankstown, Mayor Asfour said implementing place-making strategies would help ease the apprehension of councils.
"We’ve been directed by the NSW Government to increase housing along our rail corridors in its Planning for a Growing Sydney document," Mayor Asfour said.
"This means we could see almost 50,000 new dwellings built over the next 20 years, which is astronomical.
"Hosting this workshop was definitely a start to helping develop environments that are as aesthetically pleasing, practical and pleasant as possible."
Mayor Asfour said participants were especially lucky to have experts such as Professor David Adamson, Jessica Christian-Franks, John Mant, and Dr Dominique Hes, as a few of the guest speakers on the day.
"It was eye-opening to hear Professor Adamson present the ‘Deep Place Method,’ which focused on building mini economies in a City and practiced increased sustainability," Mayor Asfour said.
"Definitely food or thought when it comes to planning for our own City."
Last year, Council also helped launch the NSW Government’s Better Placed Policy, at the Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre.
"The Policy provides councils, developers, architects and designers, engineers, builders, industry groups, local communities and businesses, clarity on what the NSW Government means by good design."
The Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre was chosen to launch the Better Place Policy for its innovative design excellence and how it transformed Bankstown CBD into a new destination for residents and visitors.
8/05/2018 10:08 AM