Town planning has the wicked challenge of managing the cities, towns and regions in which we live and can often feel difficult to navigate. The profession has the responsibility to meet societal needs while avoiding ecological demise. After a year of destruction and disruption, we are all ready for meaningful change. It is time to cut through the inertia and get working. It is time to build our new normal.

Join the panel discussion at GLOU Sustainable Wine Dispensary and explore the ways in which town planning can be used as a tool for climate action, for a future designed by all and for all.

Drinks and nibbles provided.


Alexandra Faure (Senior Town Planner, Tract; Founding Member, Planners Declare) - With an interest in the built environment fostered in an international context, Alex’s passions revolve around environmental and social resilience, the right to the city, gender and equity. This is perhaps best reflected through her work with the Sustainable Living Foundation and Planners Declare in which she advocates for the built-environment industry to play its part in accelerating the transition of our cities and regions into resilient, low-carbon and ecologically safe spaces.

Euan Williamson (ESD Advisor, City of Yarra) - Euan is passionate about delivering sustainable energy outcomes in the built environment. From solar powered festivals or training electricians in India, to penning formal planning scheme amendments, he has a depth of experience in a broad range of diverse contexts. Currently the Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESD) Advisor for City of Yarra and has over 20 years’ experience in ESD and sustainable energy and has found great inspiration working in government, education, NGOs and the private sector.

Laura Phillips (Head of Editorial & Urban Advocacy, Hip v. Hype) - Laura is a passionate advocate for the sustainable growth of Australian cities. Her work focuses on the intersection of policy, investment and design to campaign for progressive developments in planning, housing and transport. Laura has over seven years experience in the property and legal industries and sees advocacy as a critical tool to actively engage the community in long term discussions about the future of our cities and shift the national conversation towards sustainable patterns of urbanism.

Rachel Lynskey (Project Officer, ClimateWorks Australia) - Rachel’s work as part of the ClimateWorks Australia’s Cities team focuses on facilitating policy shifts and embedding net zero emissions pathways in key urban sectors including transport and infrastructure. Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Rachel worked at Friends of the Earth Melbourne where she established the Sustainable Cities campaign to build positive change for sustainable transport in Melbourne.

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Tue 23 / Feb 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM


GLOU Sustainable Wine Dispensary
310 Smith St, collingwood, Victoria 3066 Australia



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