SGS welcomes Katya Petetskaya and Tim Sneesby to the Sydney office. Katya Petetskaya (MTP MCom)
is a planner and economist and her key areas of expertise cover arts and cultural planning, tourism planning,
strategic and statutory land use and environmental planning, and heritage planning. Tim Sneesby BURP (Hons)
is an urban and regional planner with research interests in town centre development, housing supply and
Brunei interns visit SGS
As part of SGS's commitment to knowledge transfer, we were very pleased to host interns from the Centre
for Strategic & Policy Studies (CSPS) and the Brunei Government, in the Brisbane and Melbourne offices.
SGS provided on-the-job training in economic modelling and GIS mapping, focusing on the methods,
techniques and assumptions used. The visit also provided the opportunity for our guests to see first-hand
how an Australian consultancy operates on a day-to-day basis, to learn about the various projects we are
currently working on, and to visit a range of cultural facilities and the Creative Industries Precinct at QUT
Ideas for Christchurch's future at TEDxChCh forum
Recovering from its second major earthquake, Christchurch New Zealand recently hosted TEDxChCh, a
one day conference to to re-imagine Christchurch as a world-leading city. Independently organised under
the TED brand, an internet video forum for "ideas worth spreading", it aimed to bring global experts,
national leaders, local business owners and residents together to coalesce around a shared vision for
Christchurch. Dr Marcus Spiller, SGS Director was invited to present on The Economics of Innovative
Cities. More information at www.sgsep.com.au/news
Presentations and papers on the SGS Website
‘What's happening in housing supply and prices in Melbourne's growth areas?' - presentations by
the keynote speakers at the SGS Melbourne June Quarterly Seminar - Colin Keane (Director of the
National Land Survey Program at Researchfour, and the Director of Market Research at VicUrban) and
SGS's Dr Marcus Spiller.
Brisbane - based SGS consultant James Matthews and SGS Director Sasha Lennon spoke at the
‘Resourced Regions - Shaping Up or Shipping Out?' economic development conference in Gladstone.
James Matthews presented ‘Quantifying Economic Impact: An Art and a Science' in collaboration
with Scott Templeman (Logan Office of Economic Development), discussing ways of using economic
information for better decision making and economic management. Sasha Lennon and Glenn Churchill
(CEO of Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited), presented ‘Prosperity 2030 - Collaborative
Development and Investment', drawing on their experience in preparing the Gladstone Region
Economic Development Strategy or ‘GREDS'
‘Capitalising on Community', an article by SGS's Canberra practice manager Liz de Chastel, was
published in ‘Canberra's Child', describing new developments that aim to give families a safe, healthy
‘Place making, inclusion and governance in the suburban city - a case study of Melbourne,
Australia', by Dr Marcus Spiller, was published by independent British think tank The Smith Institute,
as one in an international collection of essays on the place-making agenda. ‘Investing in better places:
international perspectives' offers prespectives covering Australia, Canada, France, the Netherlands,
New Zealand, and Britain.
More information on these presentations and papers at
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