Affordable housing. SGS Canberra office's June seminar focused on innovation in affordable housing.
Three prominent speakers, Michael Lennon (CEO Housing Choices Australia), Vivienne Milligan (Associate
Professor from the NSW University City Futures Research Centre), and Carol Croce (Executive Director of
Community Housing Federation of Australia) provided their insights into this important social policy issue.
The evolution & experience of the Abbotsford Convent. At Melbourne office's April quarterly seminar
SGS Director Andrew McDougall, Prof Rob Adams (former chair of the Project Facilitation Reference Group),
Maggie Maguire (CEO of Abbotsford Convent Foundation) discussed how the convent was converted into an
arts/ education/tourism precinct .
36 million - fact or fiction? What should the public policy response be to Australia's projected population?
Some of Australia's leading thinkers on sustainable development discussed the sustainability challenges and
policy responses at SGS Canberra seminar, March 2010.
A new agenda for strategic planning in capital cities. SGS Directors Patrick Fensham and Marcus
Spiller were among the presenters at "A new agenda for strategic planning in capital cities", an event
focusing on implementing and evaluating the new Council of Australian Governments (COAG) criteria for
capital city planning.
Will Melbourne still be marvellous in 2050? Conversations about population growth. Marcus Spiller
was a panel member at this lively ‘Melbourne Conversations' event.
More information and presentations from these events can be found at http://www.sgsep.com.au/publications
Natalia de Faveri,BURP (Distinction), has joined the Brisbane team. Natalia is a planner specialising in
social infrastructure assessment and policy, social impact assessment, housing studies, economic
development and masterplanning of regions and centres.
Ridley Windland and Patricia Bustamento have joined the Sydney team.
Ridley Windland, M Planning & Landscape (Hons), is a GIS analyst with a background in spatial planning,
environmental management and network centrality modeling.
Patricio Bustamante, B. Eco, Grad Dip (Economics), is an economist, with experience in economic research,
and quantitative analysis and modelling. Patricio's qualifications in economics have a strong focus on
econometric analysis. Prior to joining SGS Patricio worked as an economic policy analyst in the
Macroeconomic Group of the Commonwealth Treasury.
Bethanie Finney, B Com, has joined the Melbourne team. Bethanie is a graduate econometrician specializing
in macroeconomic modeling, forecasting and feasibility studies with experience in a wide range of
Andrew Rossiter, B Bus Econ joined SGSs' Canberra team in February 2010. He is an economist specialising
in economic impact assessment and socio-economic profiling. Before joining SGS, Andrew worked on a range
of projects for the Commonwealth Grants Commission.
Joining the Canberra team more recently is Karen Wright (M Soc Sci (International Urban and Environmental
Management), BTP (Hons). Karen's specialises in sustainable development, climate change, active living and
health. Before joining SGS Karen worked in the Australian Government's Department of the Environment,
Water, Heritage and the Arts in the areas of energy efficiency and sustainability of buildings and urban
development. She has also worked for the Planning Institute of Australia, for two London Burroughs, and for the
National Capital Authority.