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FitNSW 2019

Delivering Vibrant Places, Healthy Spaces, Connected Communities

Thursday 26 September 2019
Aerial UTS Function Centre, Ultimo, Sydney
8:30am - 3:00pm
The latest policies, strategies and practical examples impacting health outcomes in the built environment

8.30am - Arrival and Registration

9.00am - Welcome and Introduction

Conference Chair

Mark Ames, General Manager, Connect Macquarie Park & North Ryde


Setting the scene: Place and active living
The opportunities, challenges and priorities in planning for healthy places.
Vanessa Gordon, Director of Place Excellence, Place Excellence and Public Space, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment


  • Overview of the Healthy Street Approach
  • Making the case for prioritising public health
  • Design and implementation of the Approach
  • Stakeholder engagement and evaluation methods
Lucy Saunders, Director, Healthy Streets UK
10.10am - Opportunities (policies and resources) for local councils to facilitate health promoting and sustainable communities

Roderick Simpson, Environment Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission

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

11.40am - CASE STUDY: Active Transport - Facilitating safe active travel through the implementation of the North-West Metro
  • How customer centred design can lead behaviour change
  • Projects to create better places

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

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

How can councils ensure quality green infrastructure is provided in our CBD and neighbourhoods undergoing rapid, transformational change?

Katie Wearne, Social Outcomes, City of Parramatta; &

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

12.20 - Physical Activity Strategies

  • Integrated transport approaches to support healthy living
  • To what extent are current funding and delivery models working?
  • Creative ways of working in partnership with communities, businesses and government.

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

1.00pm - Summary & Closing Remarks


1.10pm -1.30pm: Lunch

1.30pm - 3pm: Afternoon mini workshop sprints*

* Imagine speed dating meets rapid fire learning - rotate to different pods where staff from councils, health and university researchers will give rapid presentations and you then have a chance to ask questions and discuss issues of interest to you.

1.30pm - 4.30pm: Walkshops


*Agenda subject to change without prior notice



Lucy Saunders

Lucy Saunders is the Director of Healthy Streets, UK.  Lucy is a public health specialist, urbanist and transport planner. The Healthy Streets Approach is an evidence-based framework for decision making at every level to embed public health in city transport, public realm and planning. Healthy Streets is the framework of the London Mayor’s 25-year Transport Strategy.


Roderick Simpson, Environment Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission

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

FitNSW 2019 is a FREE event but places are limited. 


1.30pm - 4.30pm: Walkshop 1 - The GreenWay Tour with Nick Chapman (Greenway Place Manager, Inner West Council)
Due to popular demand, the Walkshop tour of the GreenWay is back.  The GreenWay is a 5km sustainable transport and urban environmental corridor which connects the Parramatta River at Iron Cove to the Cooks River at Earlwood through Sydney’s Inner West. Following the route of the Inner West Light Rail which opened in 2014, the GreenWay features bike paths and foreshore walks, cultural and historical sites, public art, cafes, urban bushcare sites and a range of parks, playgrounds and sporting facilities.

· The GreenWay tour will depart from the Aerial Function Centre UTS at 1.30pm following lunch and return to UTS by 4.30pm.

· The GreenWay tour will include a ride on the Inner West Light Rail.

· If you would also like to go on the walkshop, please register for the GreenWay tour in addition to registering for the morning sessions.


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

Join Lucy for this combined Walkshop and Workshop will explore some of the streets surrounding UTS, Ultimo, in order to apply the Healthy Streets framework to the local context. Participants will then return to venue to further discuss and analyse the findings to unlock the potential of this approach.  

· This tour will commence at the Aerial Function Centre UTS at 1.30pm following lunch and will finish at UTS around 3pm.


3pm - 4.30pm: Walkshop 3: Healthy Streets with Lucy Launders, Director, Healthy Streets

A repeat of Walkshop 2 for those who did not get a place.  

· This tour will commence at the Aerial Function Centre UTS at 3.00pm and will finish at UTS around 4.30pm.

· If you would also like to attend this walkshop, please register for the Healthy Streets Walkshop 3 in addition to registering for the morning sessions.



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