Footscray: Smart city for social cohesion

Footscray: Smart city for social cohesion

  • 17 September 2022, 12–2pm
  • Nicholson Street Mall (Hopkins St end)

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Footscray: Smart city for social cohesion is co-organised with Monash Association of Planning Students (MAPS) and Maribyrnong City Council

What makes a socially cohesive city? Footscray has long fostered a sense of community with well-used public spaces. The Smart City for Social Cohesion program aims to enhance this through data-driven urban planning. We also see traditional approaches at play in shaping the Footscray University Town, relying on people’s lived experiences and perspectives. Join the Monash Association for Planning Students as we tour Footscray by foot.

At the conclusion of the walking tour of Footscray, all participants are welcome to join the Q&A and networking session that will be held at Baby Snakes Bar, located near the starting point of the tour.

Tour Lead

Bruce Marshall is Coordinator, Economic Development and Smart Cities at Maribyrnong City Council in Melbourne's dynamic Inner West. With over 12 years’ experience in the local government sector Bruce has held a range of roles relating to economic development, investment attraction, place making and visitor economy promotion. Bruce is currently a Board member for the Australian Smart Communities Association (ASCA).

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