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Better Placed in Newcastle

The first of our GA200+ regional events will discuss how we can deliver a great built environment for the people of the Hunter and Central Coast in the years ahead.

The event will provide you with an opportunity to hear perspectives from designers and government representatives about the challenges and opportunities for the Hunter and Central Coast, and to join the discussion on how design can play a role in helping to address these.

The panel session will be a conversation focusing on ways to deliver projects and programs that have the potential to provide greater diversity of housing options while also respecting and strengthening local character. How can we make sure the desired development is good quality as well as economically viable and contextually respectful? The panel discussion will consider how proposed policy directions could best support the need for increases in development in regional centres over the coming years, while also protecting the unique qualities of those cities and towns. The purpose of the discussion session is to gain a shared understanding of the key opportunities and challenges associated with delivering good design in the regions.

Following the panel discussion, Ben Hewett Deputy Government Architect will present Better Placed – a draft policy for architecture and design, launched by the Minister for Planning in September this year. The presentation will be the introduction to a workshop seeking your feedback on the opportunities this policy could offer and its intents for regional centres, with a particular focus on testing the Medium Density Design Guide.



Anton James Director of JMD Design 

Patricia McCarthy Senior Strategic Planner, Newcastle City Council 




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