FitNSW 2019

FitNSW 2019


Delivering Vibrant Places, Healthy Spaces, Connected Communities

Thursday 26 September 2019

Aerial UTS Function Centre



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9.00am: Welcome and Introductions

Conference Chair: Mark Ames, General Manager, Connect Macquarie Park & North Ryde


6. Speaker and crowd Uncle Ray Davison    15. Speaker Mark Ames

9:10am: Opening Address: Setting the scene: Policies for active living and healthy eating

Vanessa Gordon, Director of Place Excellence, Place Excellence and Public Spaces Team, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

 25. Speaker Vanessa Gordon


Keynote Speakers


Lucy Saunders, Director, Healthy Streets

 34. Speaker Lucy Saunders


10.10am: Opportunities (policies and resources) for local councils to facilitate health promoting and sustainable communities

Roderick Simpson, Environment Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission 

 57. Speaker and Crowd Rod Simpson


10.30am: Q&A Session: Questions and Answers with our Keynote Speakers

 Moderator: Heather Nesbitt, Consultant, Social Sustainability, City Strategy and Innovation

 62. Speaker QA laughing


11.20am: How the celebration of Aboriginal culture can lead to wellbeing outcomes for all Australians 

Elle Davidson, Indigenous Engagement Leader, Stakeholder Engagement and Social Sustainability Team, GHD 


 76. Speaker


Case Studies

11.40am: Active Transport - Facilitating safe active transport through the implementation of the North-West Metro 

Myfanwy Lawrence, Product Development Manager, Walking and Cycling, Precinct and Program Development, Transport for NSW, &

Zoe Green, Service Designer, Meld Studios

 93. Speakers and Crowd Myf and Zoe


12.00pm: Valuing Our Green Places - A Social Return on Investment (SROI) evaluation of parks and sportsgrounds in City of Parramatta

Katie Wearne, Social Outcomes, City of Parramatta; &

Melissa Mason, Partnerships team, Centre for Population Health, Western Sydney Local Health District

 Parramatta CS Melissa Mason


12.20pm:  Physical Activity Strategies

 Sara Stace, Manager – Walking and Cycling Strategy, Transport Planning | Customer Strategy and Technology, Transport for NSW

 SS presentation CU


Panel Discussion

12.40pm: Implementing projects

  • Overcoming the barriers to implementing projects

  • Developing relationships between stakeholders

  • Creative and flexible funding models

  • Collecting and measuring data

Ashleigh O’Mahony, Director, Premier’s Implementation Unit, Department of Premier and Cabinet
Lucy Saunders, Director, Healthy Streets
Sara Stace, Manager, Walking and Cycling Strategy, Transport for NSW
Tim Ruge, Urban Engineer, Sustainable Places Group, Coffs Harbour City Council


 Panel discussion everyone

1.00pm: Summary and closing remarks 

 Kerry Doyle, NSW CEO, Heart Foundation

 KD summary 2


Workshops and Walkshops


1.30pm-3pm: Afternoon Mini Workshop Sprints


Facilitated by Conference Chair: Mark Ames, General Manager, Connect Macquarie Park & North Ryde

  • Promoting active living amongst older adults: Eurobodalla Shire Council's “Beat It’’ program, Get Moving Program and activities for Independent Living, Nancy Casu, Fitness Specialist/Functional Ageing Specialist, Older Fitter Better
  • Recreation, Open Space and Community Strategies - including a new cycling network in Wagga: Ben Creighton, Project Manager Recreation, Open Space and Community Strategy, City of Wagga Wagga;
  • Street Play: Kickstarting Street play within the local community, Alistair Foggo, Recreation Coordinator, Inner West Council;
  • Alternative Housing models - multi-residential housing that is environmentally sustainable, financially affordable and socially inclusive and promotes better health and well-being outcomes, Caitlin McGee, Research Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS & Kerryn Wilmot, Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS;
  • Walking in Blacktown City: A web of interrelated actions. A brief overview of the joint Council and Health projects and projects and other actions undertaken independently will be provided. Elizabeth Leece, Program Officer, Partnerships Program, Centre for Population Health, Western Sydney Local Health District and Dharshini Perera, Aged Planner, Blacktown City Council;
  • Design issues: Overcoming an entrenched car-centric approach to the design of our streets and the consequent impacts on walkability and cycling within a Local Government context. Tim Ruge, Urban Engineer, Sustainable Places Group, Coffs Harbour City Council.


1.30pm-4.30pm: Walkshop 1 - Tour of the GreenWay with Nick Chapman, GreenWay Place Manager, Inner West Council

 GreenWay Tour

1.30pm-3pm: Walkshop 2 - Healthy Streets with Lucy Saunders, Director, Healthy Streets

 6. Crowd2. Lucy and Crowd in Street

 Photo gallery

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