Endangered Urbanism?: The Post-covid flight to the regions, a panel discussion with local government

Endangered Urbanism?: The Post-covid flight to the regions, a panel discussion with local government

  • 14 September 2021, 12.30–1.45pm
  • Online

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The Covid normal experience of city lockdowns and working from home has prompted many to question the need to pay high housing costs to be able to live within a relatively close commute to the central city. Media has been quick to report on the lifestyle changes made by many as a result.

Join Monash's Alexa Gower and local planners in Melbourne's CBD, inner city and Victoria's regional cities on the implications for their local areas and what actions these planners are taking to manage this potentially dramatic, population shift.


  • Dr Alexa Gower (Monash University)
    Dr Alexa Gower is currently researching how the Covid-19 restrictions and future shutdowns may reshape Melbourne’s urban form, focusing on implications for housing. This research forms part of The Melbourne City Experiment, a landmark Monash University research initiative investigating the effects of the Covid-19 shutdown.


  • Jeremy Addison (principal strategic planner, City of Port Philip)
    Jeremy Addison is a Principal Strategic Planner at the inner Melbourne council, City of Port Phillip. He has over 20 years of experience in both strategic and statutory planning in Victoria and Queensland across the public and private sector. He has been a champion of the role of planning in creating healthy, inclusive and viable communities, often through creative solutions.
  • Trevor Budge (Strategic Projects Officer, City of Greater Bendigo)
    Trevor Budge AM is a Strategic Projects Officer at the City of Greater Bendigo and is the former Manager of Regional Sustainable Development at the City. He has been an Associate Professor at La Trobe University, a State President of the Planning Institute of Australia and is currently a Board member of the Victorian Planning Authority. In 2011, he received an Order of Australia for services to town planning, particularly the development of regional and rural communities in Victoria, and to education.
  • Jonathan Daly (Manager, Urban Design & Heritage, City of Greater Geelong)
    Jonathan Daly is the manager of Urban Design and Heritage, and City Design Champion, at the City of Greater Geelong. He has more than 20 years international experience in urban design, planning and architecture, in both the private and public sectors. Jonathan was the Founding director of the Urban Behaviour Lab, applying behavioural science in the built environment. He received his PhD from the University of Melbourne, winning the John Grice Prize (Architecture) for research excellence.
  • Leanne Hodyl (Director, Hodyl & Co.)
    Leanne Hodyl, Managing Director of Hodyl & Co, lives and works in Melbourne’s CBD. She is a recognised leader in urban design, research and strategic planning with 20 years’ experience in consultancy and government. She is also the founder and editor of Cities People Love, a not-for-profit initiative that creates and curates urban research to engage and empower communities and influence policy and practice.

This event is part of the Festival of Urbanism – a series of talks and conversations on planning and making our cities and regions. Brought to you by the Henry Halloran Trust with the assistance of the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning, in partnership with Urban Planning and Design at Monash Art, Design and Architecture.

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