Home | International Conference on Walking and Liveable Communities 2014 | 21 - 23 October 2014 | Luna Park Sydney


The Walk21 Sydney Conference program includes a number of Walkshops for you to choose from. Sign up for a Walkshop to experience a practical outdoor activity in small groups away from the main Conference venue. Places are limited, and registrations will be taken throughout the Conference at the Luna Park registration desk.

Denser and Healthy Cities: Exploring the Complexities of Redeveloping Sydney's Inner West for Health and Well-being

Presenters: Susan Thompson and Emily Mitchell, Healthy Built Environments Program, University of New South Wales

Participant numbers: 15

When: Tuesday 21st October, 12:30pm – 3:30pm

Description: This Walkshop will take participants to the inner west of Sydney to explore some of the complexities of creating a healthy built environment. Delegates will inspect several large redundant industrial sites which are currently being redeveloped including the Lewisham Towers Development; the Summer Hill Flour Mill and residential flat developments along Old Canterbury Road, Lewisham. The approval processes for these developments will be discussed (involving state, local government and the community), as will the local tensions regarding the redevelopment. By participating in the walkshop, delegates will appreciate the complexities of redevelopment in the inner west of Sydney to create a healthy built environment and experience Sydney’s heavy and light rail transport, see part of Sydney’s busy road network, use pavements of varying walkable quality, and visit local open space and the Greenway.

The Livability Project - Crown Street, Surry Hills

Presenter: Catherine Bridge, University Of New South Wales

Participant numbers: 6

When: Tuesday 21st October, 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Description: With an ageing population requiring a more supportive and responsive pedestrian environments and local government lacking the appropriate tools to understand and respond to these changing infrastructure needs, mobile devices such as tablets and phones can help to engage older people more effectively with their local government associations in planning the future of their regional city centres. This walkshop will show how the Liveability Project has and will continue to facilitate collaboration among researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers to better understand the impact of the built environment and ageing and urban policy on older people’s engagement, participation, independence and security.

Night Time walkshop

An insight into Sydney at night – inviting, diverse and connected

Presenter: Kate O’Connor, City of Sydney

Participant numbers: 15

When: Tuesday 21st October, 7.30pm – 8:30pm

Location: Sydney Town Hall, George Street, Sydney

Night Time walkshop

The Finegrain

Presenter: Richard Roberts, City of Sydney

Participant numbers: 12

When: Tuesday 21st October, 7.30pm – 9:00pm

Location: Corner of Ash Street and Angel Place, Sydney

Let's Go Down The GreenWay...

Presenter: Nick Chapman, Ashfield Council

Participant numbers: 20

When: Wednesday 22nd October, 10:30am – 1:30pm

Description: The GreenWay is a 5km sustainable transport and urban environmental corridor which connects the Parramatta River and the Cooks River through Sydney’s Inner West. 50% of the Greenway shared-use path is in place and the remaining 50% is due to be constructed over the next 5 years. The GreenWay follows the route of the Inner West Light Rail extension from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill, which opened in March 2014. Delegates participating in this walkshop will observe the challenges of securing cross-council and state agency cooperation to retrofit integrated walking, cycling and public domain improvements along a redundant industrial goods rail line which traverses 4 LGAs, crosses three major roads and goes past several major development sites.

Walking Professionals

Presenter: Colin Henson, Henson Consulting

Participant numbers: unlimited

Date: Wednesday 22nd October, 11:00am – 12:30pm

Description: This walkshop will explore the possibility of forming a useful collaboration of professionals relevant to increasing walking in NSW and Australia. Delegates will participate in identifying opportunities, gaps, responsibilities and next steps for forming a support group or association of professionals working in the field of pedestrian planning and walking.

The New Rouse Hill

Presenter: Sue Wiblin and David Sleet, The GPT Group

Participant numbers: 30

Date: Wednesday 22nd October, 12:30pm – 3:30pm

Description: The New Rouse Hill development in Sydney’s North West growth corridor covers 120 hectares and consists of residential neighbourhoods, a mixed-use Town Centre, learning and community space, schools and recreational precincts. Developed by The GPT Group, in a joint venture with Lend Lease and in partnership with Urban Growth NSW and the NSW Department of Planning, it has committed to active and sustainable transport through the incorporation of pedestrian and cycle paths, a transport interchange and an active transport strategy that supports a connected community focus. Delegates will be able to experience life at Rouse Hill exploring the interconnected walking paths that link the precincts and meandering along Main Street to Town Square, whilst learning about the interplay between the urban design elements and ongoing programs that have helped develop a walking culture and a connected, active community. The walkshop will also provide an insight into the next stage of development of Rouse Hill and the evolution of the design to incorporate heavy rail.

Sharing Sydney Harbour: Evaluation of a Public Access Program

Presenter: Richard Griffiths, NSW Planning & Infrastructure

Participant numbers: 20

When: Thursday 23rd October, 10:30am – 12:00pm

Description: This walkshop showcases and evaluates Sharing Sydney Harbour Access Program’s contribution to walking around the Harbour. Participants will visit several recent projects that highlight how partnerships between local, State and Federal government are improving public access to the foreshore, and are linking parks to form a network across Sydney. Highlights include the recent upgrade of the Lavender Bay foreshore at Quibaree Park, the transformation of former industrial sites at Balls Head and Carradah Park, and the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability. Since it began in 2003, projects under the Sharing Sydney Harbour Access Program have included the provision of infrastructure (walkways, boardwalks, steps, park improvements) and information (maps, online aids, signposting).

Old Irish Sydney Walking App

Presenter: Kim Hanna, Dictionary Of Sydney

Participant numbers: 12

When: Thursday 23rd October, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Description: This walkshop will use an app developed by the Dictionary of Sydney to take a one hour walking tour of the City of Sydney's rich Irish heritage. Detailed text, audio commentary and stunning historical imagery accompany the free app and reveal the stories of the Irish characters, events and architecture that have transformed the City of Sydney.

The Goods Line: a best practice case study in pedestrian-centred urban design

Presenter: Debra Dawson, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority

Participant numbers: 20

When: Thursday 23rd October, 12:20pm – 2:30pm

Description: Delegates will visit The Goods Line project and see how it is transforming a disused railway corridor into a linear park stretching from Railway Square through Ultimo to the Powerhouse Museum. Akin to New York’s famous High Line, The Goods Line is a revolutionary cross-city pedestrian corridor that will provide Sydney locals and visitors will the best pedestrian access ever available from Central Station to the water’s edge. The Goods Line was developed by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority using world’s best practice Australian and international models for construction, management and activation of urban parks and public spaces.

Public Art in the City

Presenter: Bridget Smyth and Claire Morgan, City of Sydney

Participant numbers: 20

When: Thursday 23rd October, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Description: This walkshop aims to show that innovative urban design incorporating public art is an essential tool in shaping a liveable city. The City of Sydney is the case study for outlining how strategic urban design that looks at precincts, places and overarching programs in alignment can deliver a transformed city. Alongside the City’s urban design/ public space improvement program is a public art program that ensures artists have an important role in shaping Sydney. Public art that reflects on our past, our present and looks to our future will ensure the experience of walking through Sydney will be a memorable and unique one.