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Webinar: The importance of planning (yes, planning is important)

16 October 2019 @ AEST 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


A local government’s planning tools are one of its most powerful levers for economic development. However, the planning system can often become a barrier for investment and jobs creation.

Economic developers need to understand the planning process and local government’s statutory responsibilities so that they can play a proactive role and facilitate investment and employment outcomes locally.

This webinar will provide a review of the role and purpose of Australia’s planning system, including both strategic and statutory planning. It will also feature a number of case studies to demonstrate how economic developers can participate in the planning process in a positive way to deliver results on the ground.


Michael Campbell | Lucid Economics

Michael is a founding director of Lucid Economics and has 18 years of experience in economic development, tourism, property and industry/economic research that spans three continents. Michael works with both public and private sector clients using economic and financial analysis to inform strategy development, investment decisions and government policy. Michael brings many years of economic development and location analysis experience in the US, Europe and Australia. Michael’s consulting practice focuses on economic development and tourism consulting for state and local governments as well as location analysis and investment advice for businesses, investors and property developers.

Michael was one of the first in Australia to receive the ACEcD (Australian Certified Economic Developer) accreditation from Economic Development Australia (EDA). He is a regular presenter on economic development matters at major economic development conferences at the national, state and regional level. Michael is a trusted adviser to numerous state and local governments as well as regional economic development organisations in regards to economic development, investment attraction, tourism and planning.

Owen Hightower | RFF Australia

Owen is a town planner by trade and has spent the last decade working across various planning disciplines and regional development. Owen has worked across strategic planning and statutory planning for both government as well as property developers/investors and has a comprehensive understanding of the planning system from both sides (i.e. local/State Government as well as the investor). Owen has worked across a wide range of projects including residential, retail/commercial, industrial, tourism and aged care. He is an expert in regards to land tenure, planning and regional development, having successfully worked on over half a billion of development projects.


Members: Free
Non-Members: $25

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16 October 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Economic Development Australia


0467 217 997


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