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Webinar – Precincts and Smart Places

27 October@12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Smart places bring the physical and digital together, meaning citizens, businesses, partners and the public service workforce can embrace digital transformations in local streets and suburbs in our regional and metropolitan areas as well as our cities. The NSW Smart Places Strategy aligns with related initiatives from the Australian Government, local councils throughout NSW, and delivery partners in the private sector.

The NSW Government takes a place-based approach to development, infrastructure and services to realise the real value of smart places and interconnected systems. These will be critical to the success of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis and Lighthouse Precincts under development at Tech Central, Westmead and Special Activation Precincts at Parkes, Wagga, Moree, Williamtown and the Snowy Mountains.

This webinar is the first event of the NSW EDA State Practitioner’s Network. Hosted by EDA with the NSW Government, it features speakers from the NSW Government’s Precincts and Smart Places teams, the Western City Parkland Authority, and a research specialist in urban data analytics.


Matthew Proft | Director – Innovation & Technology Precints, NSW Treasury

Matthew Proft is the Director of Innovation & Technology Precincts at NSW Treasury where he leads the development and activation of Tech Central. He has an extensive career in forging connections for Australian companies and startups around the world. He has spent more than 16 years in international trade promotion and has extensive experience across Asia.

Matthew has previously led the Jobs for NSW team assisting startups with access to funds and resources and before then worked at Austrade across a range of sectors and markets. At Austrade Matthew led the establishment of the Australian Government’s Landing Pad Program which provides a unique platform to assist startups scaling globally.

Rory Brown | Director – Smart Places Program, NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment
Rory is a Director in the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and leads the Smart Places Program portfolio, including the flagship Smart Western City Program to co-create the Western Parkland City as a future-focused, digitally enabled city. In the role he directs the design, development, implementation, and transition of Smart Places programs and initiatives for the NSW Government across regional and metropolitan areas.

Prior joining the NSW Government Rory held a variety of strategy and digital leadership roles in the telecommunications sector.

Dr Negin Nazarian | Scientia Lecturer, UNSW Built Environment – Lead, Climate-Resilient Cities Lab

Dr. Negin Nazarian is a Scientia Lecturer at the Faculty of Built Environment in the University of New South Wales, focusing on urban climate research.  As an urban climatologist, Negin is interested in the ways in which the built environment interacts with the climate, and in return, how urban dwellers are affected by this interaction. In particular, she focuses on urban (over)heating and ventilation, and follows two main tracks in her research.

The first is enabling ‘climate-conscious’ or ‘climate-smart’ cities – How can we have a human-centric urban design that is in harmony with the local climate?  Her second research focus is on multiscale urban climate modeling. Negin’s goal is to develop modeling techniques that impact not only the climate analyses in the scientific community but also enable architects, planners, and policymakers to incorporate comprehensive, accurate, yet efficient assessments of urban design..

Ben Kitcher | Executive Director, Research, Skill & Technology – Western City Parkland Authority

Ben oversees the Western Sydney Parkland Authority’s development of research and training activities.

Ben is a mechanical engineer and has specialised in advanced manufacturing for aerospace.

Working on the development of technical strategy and partnering with local, national and international organisations, Ben has coordinated numerous support programs, developed a skilled workforce, and high value manufacturing processes for implementation of new factories in the Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Park. This knowledge and capability is what Ben is using to build cutting edge manufacturing technology developments in the Western Parkland City.


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Non-Members: $30

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27 October
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Economic Development Australia


0467 217 997


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WEBINAR - Webinar - Precincts and Smart Places | 27 Oct 2020
$ 30.00