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					                                                        Monday 6 April 2009

               PLANNING FOR OUR FUTURE
               MAINTAINING A BUSH CAPITAL

Ensuring Canberra remains the ‘bush capital’ as the city grows will be the
focus of a workshop at the Australian National University tomorrow.

The Sustainable Future workshop—Bush Capital—is the fifth in a series of
six workshops run by ACTPLA that are examining how various issues
impact planning for Canberra’s future.

“The workshops will inform a series of short, medium and long-term
strategies aimed at improving Canberra’s sustainability,” ACTPLA Chief
Planning Executive Neil Savery said.

“One of the delightful things about Canberra and one of the main
attractions for residents is that regardless of where you live you are
minutes away from bushland, which can be enjoyed by everyone.

“The government and local planners are committed to ensuring Canberra
retains this unique feature but we need to look at how we achieve that
goal and allow the city to grow.”

The Bush Capital workshop will cover a range of issues including the
recreational use of Canberra’s parks and open spaces, threats to flora and
fauna in our suburbs, bush fire mitigation and the ownership, management
and resourcing of public spaces.

Expert presenters at the workshop include Professor Catherine Bull,
Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Melbourne and
Dr Jane Tarran, Program Director, Department of Environmental Sciences
at the University of Technology in Sydney.

“The workshop will be attended by representatives from industry and
community groups including the Planning Institute of Australia, Australian
Institute of Landscape Architects, Property Council of Australia,
Conservation Council, University of Canberra and the ANU.

“The outcomes of this workshop will ultimately influence building design,
subdivision layout and the location and design of public places for
community use,” Mr Savery said.

Following each workshop, speakers’ papers will be available on ACTPLA’s
website. Discussion papers will follow and the community will be able to
comment on these.
The workshop speakers are:

   •   Professor Catherine Bull
       Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Melbourne

   •   Professor Tony Hall
       Adjunct Professor, Urban Research Program, Griffith University

   •   Dr David Headon
       Advisor to Canberra 100, Chief Minister’s Department, ACT
       Government

   •   Dr Phil Cheney
       Honorary Fellow of CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems

   •   Dr Jane Tarran
       Program Director, Department of Environmental Sciences, University
       of Technology Sydney

More information: Lorraine Haase 6205 4061 or 0402780981

				
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