[Iag-list] ANZAPS 2016

Winnie Jobanputra W.Jobanputra at westernsydney.edu.au
Mon Oct 17 16:03:44 AEDT 2016

Dear Colleagues

The preparations for the  2016 ANZAPS Conference held at Western Sydney University from 28-30th October are well underway.

School of Social Sciences and Psychology at the Western Sydney University cordially invites you to join the annual ANZAPS conference in Sydney on 28 - 30 October 2016. Please find attached the official conference invite. The school will host the conference at the historic Female Orphan School at Western Sydney University Parramatta Campus. The Orphan School is the oldest three story brick building in Australia. The building was recently and tastefully restored. Whitlam Museum is housed in this building. Gough Whitlam campaigned actively to establish a university in western Sydney and remained a very close friend of Western Sydney University until his death. Located on the banks of Parramatta River with beautifully restored old and blended in new buildings the campus is an excellent location for the conference.

The conference theme for ANZAPS 2016 is: "Planning Education and Research for Planning and Planners of Tomorrow". Planning reforms in Australia have major implications for planning education, research and practice. Increasingly development assessment aspect of planning is becoming speedy, automated and privatized. Community engagement in planning is weakening. Council mergers are taking place. Local strategic planning is getting replaced by metro and state planning endeavours. All of these developments point to reduced need for planners produced by planning education in Australia today. Planners of tomorrow will perhaps need very different skill sets. Research and discussions on where planning is headed and what transformation planning education needs would be timely.

Registrations can be completed  on the conference web site (www.uws.edu.au/ANZAP2016<http://www.uws.edu.au/ANZAP2016>).

We have been able to arrange a special accommodation deal with Rydges Parramatta for the conference participants. The hotel is situated close to the University campus. A shuttle bus to and from the University campus will be provided for participants staying there. Information about accommodation choices and how to book are provided on the conference webpage.

The conference also includes a welcome night two course dinner on the Friday the 28th October which is being sponsored by UrbanGrowth NSW and will be a good opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues and have a chat with UrbanGrowth Reps regarding their projects:

Details for the dinner are:
Date: Friday 28th October
Time: 6:00 - 9:00pm
Venue: Rydges Parramatta

Please feel free to contact me if you have need any further information.

Kind regards,


Dr Awais Piracha
Director Academic Programs
Geography and Urban Studies; Heritage and Tourism
School of Social Sciences and Psychology
P: 02 4736 0049 | Ext: 2049

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