Program at a glance

WEDNESDAY 9 OCTOBER


SYMPOSIUM DINNER & LAUNCH

6.15pm for 7.00pm
Victoria Theatre, 8 Perkins St, Newcastle

MC: Kyle Loades

Welcome: Professor Alex Zelinsky, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Newcastle

Speaker: Professor Andrew Beer, leading authority in regional development, University of South Australia

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THURSDAY 10 OCTOBER

Symposium MC: Kyle Loades


8.00am – 8.45am  Registration, coffee and networking

8.45am – 9.10am   Welcome to the city and region

Speakers: Cr Bob Pynsent, Mayor Cessnock City Council, Cr Nuatali Nelmes, Lord Mayor City of Newcastle

9.10am – 10.10am Keynote address Creating resilient small cities

Speaker: Nigel Jacob, co-Founder, Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics

10.10am – 10.30am  Morning tea

10.30am – 11.30am  Keynote address The perfect city

Speaker: Dr Ellie Cosgrave, Director of Urban Innovation and Policy Lab and Lecturer in Urban Innovation at University College London

11.30am – 12.30pm Keynote address Our future world: Global megatrends reshaping the way we live, work and play

Speaker: Dr Stefan Hajkowicz, Director of CSIRO’s Data61 Insight Team and the author of Global Megatrends: Seven patterns of change shaping our future

12.30pm – 1.30pm  Lunch

1.30pm – 2.30pm Clinics

  • Landing a City Deal Host:  Michael Comninos, Founding Director, Astrolabe Group
  • Strategic imperatives for the Hunter from megatrends to practical actions Host: Dr Stefan Hajkowicz, Director of CSIRO’s Data61 Insight Team

2.30pm – 2.45pm  Afternoon tea

2.50pm – 3.50pm  Panels

  • Creating the people’s city: principles for inclusive and sustainable urban development

    Host: Justine Kinch, Group Director, Buildings & Places, AECOM
    Panel members: Nigel Jacob, co-Founder, Boston Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics; Dr Anthea Bill, Lead Economist, Hunter Research Foundation Centre
  • Can SMEs save small cities?

    Host: Dr Michael Schaper, former deputy Chairman, ACCC and CEO, Canberra Business Chamber
    Panel members: Bob Hawes, CEO, Hunter Business Chamber

4.00pm – 5.00pm  Panels

  • Consensus or majority? Negotiating civic collaboration

    Host: Katherine O'Regan, Executive Director, Cities Leadership Institute
    Panel members: Mark Grimson, Manager Community, Cultural and Economic Development, Wollongong City Council and representing Advantage Wollongong; Richard Anicich, Chair, Committee for the Hunter; Matt Coetzee, Director, Sense Strategy Consulting
  • Investing in creativity: culture and creativity as an economic engine

    Host: Rosemarie Milsom, Director Newcastle Writers Festival and journalist
    Panel members: Dr Ellie Cosgrave, Director of Urban Innovation and Policy Lab, University College London;
    Dr Gerry Bobsien, Head of Governance and Strategy, National Gallery of Australia; Dr Michael Cohen, Director, City People

5.15pm – 6.30pm  Networking drinks

Hosted by the Newcastle Art Gallery Foundation in the Newcastle Art Gallery

FRIDAY 11 OCTOBER


8.00am – 8.30am  Coffee and networking

8.30am – 9.30am  Keynote address

Introduction and welcome: Professor Alex Zelinsky, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Newcastle

Speaker: Jim Betts, Secretary, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

9.30am – 10.30am  Plenary panel  Bridging the government and industry divide

Host: Dr Michael Schaper, former deputy Chairman, ACCC and CEO, Canberra Business Chamber

Panel members:

Jim Betts, Secretary, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
Joe James, CEO, Hunter Joint Organisation
Laureate Professor Jenny Gore, Director, Teachers and Teaching Research Centre, University of Newcastle
James Markham-Hill, Executive Director, Corporate Strategy, EPIK

10.30am – 11.00am  Morning tea

11.00am - 11.30am Keynote address Smart cities build strong regions

Speaker: TBA, City of Newcastle

11.30am – 12.30pm Hunter focus

PechaKucha presentations on the Hunter's progress on priorities identified by delegates at the 2018 Second Cities Symposium

COLLABORATION

Speakers: Joe James, CEO, Hunter Joint Organisation; Peter Cock, CEO, Newcastle Airport; Richard Anicich, Chair, Committee for the Hunter

IDENTITY AND POSITIONING

Speakers: Anna Chubb, Director Strategy, Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation; HunterNet Future Leaders

12.30pm – 1.15pm Lunch

1.15pm - 2.30pm Hunter focus: insights and next steps

A workshop with delegates to reflect on insights and learnings from the 2019 Symposium and map-out next steps for Greater Newcastle.

Facilitator: Kyle Loades

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