Sprawl Repair? Planning for a city of 20-minute neighbourhoods

Sprawl Repair? Planning for a city of 20-minute neighbourhoods

  • 17 September 2021, 1–2.30pm
  • Online

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The notion of 20-minute neighbourhoods is appealing and simple. Everyone should be able to access daily activities within a short walk from home. The appeal has only grown with COVID-19 lockdowns, yet current planning for 20-minute neighbourhoods is ad-hoc and lacks structural guidance. Can a 20-minute neighbourhood meet all resident needs? If not, how do we prioritize the location of key community infrastructure? Can we distribute opportunities equitably and what trade-offs will be made? Asking such questions presents something of an identity crisis for 20-minute neighbourhoods, that threatens its simple appeal.

In this event, we bring together a series of city planners and researchers who are tackling these questions. They share their views about how to successfully scale and integrate walkable design at the metropolitan scale.


  • Dr Liton Kamruzzaman (Urban Planning and Design, Monash University)
    Liton is an Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Design at Monash University. His research focuses in the nexus of transport and land use planning. Over the last 10 years, Liton has been investigating the effectiveness of strategic urban policies e.g. transit oriented development, innovation precincts, and more recently 20-minute neighbourhoods. He serves in the Editorial Board of the Journal of Transport Geography and Journal of Transport and Land Use.
  • Laura Aston (Arup)
    Laura Aston is a transport planner, specialising in sustainable transport and land use integration. Laura was recently awarded a PhD from Monash University for research exploring the link between the built environment and public transport use. She has experience working in research, consulting and the public sector. Most recently she contributed to projects that aim to increase the health-promoting benefits of cities through design that promotes active travel.


  • Adrian Gray (Brimbank City Council)
    Adrian Gray is the Manager of Urban Design at Brimbank City Council and Co-Chair of Greening The West. He is a past Victorian Chapter President of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. For over a decade Adrian has led the transformation of parks and streets in Brimbank built around supporting people and nature in city places, including the implementation of the 20-minute neighbourhood concept at Glengala Village in Sunshine West.
  • Prof Billie Giles-Corti (RMIT)
    Professor Billie Giles-Corti is Director, Healthy Liveable Cities Lab and Vice Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow at RMIT. For three decades, Billie and a multi-disciplinary research team have been studying the impact of the built environment on health and wellbeing. She regularly contributes to projects at the intersection of public health, city-planning and liveability, including the Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy Liveable Communities, the national Creating Liveable Cities in Australia report.
  • Dale Bristow (Maroondah City Council)
    Dale Bristow is the Team Leader of Strategic Planning and Sustainability at Maroondah City Council. He has held strategic positions in councils both in Australia and abroad. Currently, he is leading the implementation of the 20-min neighbourhood concept at Croydon South in Maroondah City.
  • Prof Iain White (University of Waikato, New Zealand)
    Iain White is Professor of Environmental Planning and the Associate Dean Research for Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Science at the University of Waikato. In 2020 he won the Vice Chancellor's award for Research Excellence and in 2021 was presented with the New Zealand Planning Institute Award of Merit. He has authored many books and papers including Environmental Planning in Context (2015), and Why Plan? Theory for Practitioners (2019).
  • James Mant (DELWP)
    James Mant is a passionate urbanist who leads the 20-minute neighbourhood policy for the Victorian Government. He is currently Director, Places and Precincts at the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. James is an advocate for walkable compact places, great design, place-based planning and community partnerships. He has contributed to the Plan Melbourne refresh, and the 2019 Creating a City of 20-minute Neighbourhoods report.
  • Jo O’Byrne (DELWP)
    Jo O’Byrne is Project Officer, Planning Projects, at the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Jo has diverse professional experience including in management consulting, major event tourism management and small business development. Having recently added a Masters of Urban Planning and Environment to this repertoire, Jo now applies her multi-disciplinary skills to the challenges around implementing 20 Minute Neighbourhoods throughout Greater Melbourne.

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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