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#PIAWA21 Regional Forum

Next event Thursday 17 Jun from 12pm to 4pm

By Margaret River HEART

#PIAWA21 REGIONAL Conference Adaptation | Potential | Cohesion

#PIAWA21 is heading out of town for two days of regional enlightenment and inspiration.

Australia’s southwest is one of the Earth’s most affected areas by the impacts of climate change.

It simultaneously remains a key tourism asset and sought-after place to live, boasting a wide demographic appeal to support its mixed economy.

REGIONAL will look at how a seemingly perfect storm is presenting unique opportunities to enable the sustainable growth of this vital corner of WA.



Day One: Thursday 17 June

Please note all Thursday sessions including the dinner are an additional cost to the conference and require separate registration.

We start the REGIONAL forum with an option to attend one of PIA WA’s PLANET sessions. Booking to attend the professional development courses is separate from the forum with links below.

PLANET WA | The A – Z of Planning (Regional Session)

  • 12pm – 4pm HEART Margaret River
  • Member: $225 / Non-Member: $315

PLANET WA | Attracting and Delivering Major Regional Projects

  • 12pm – 4pm HEART Margaret River
  • Member: $225 / Non-Member: $315

PIA WA Regional Sharing Best Practice Dinner

  • 5pm – 7pm Margaret River Brewhouse
  • Cost $60

Join fellow planning professionals as we encourage guests to share best practices to help improve performance and outcomes across the planning profession. An option to book the dinner is accessed via the conference registration page.


Day Two: Friday 18 June

WPN Kick off the conference with regional networking breakfast at Riversmith, Margaret River from 7.30am.


Adaptation | Potential | Cohesion

9am – 6pm HEART Margaret River

Keynote Speakers

  • David Caddy – Chairman, Western Australian Planning Commission
  • Rebecca Moore – Government Architect
  • Kathy Bonus – Chief Planning Advisor, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage

All Speakers and Presentation Titles

  • Welcome to Country: Zak Webb
  • WA Planning Commission Address: David Caddy – Chairman, Western Australian Planning Commission
  • SPP 3.7 Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas five years on: Anthony Rowe, Envision Bushfire Protection
  • Main Road Makeovers: Nick Logan, Director Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, Shire of Augusta Margaret River; David Nicholson, Manager Asset Services, Shire of Augusta Margaret River
  • The Witchcliffe Ecovillage, one of the world’s most sustainable residential communities: Mike Hulme, Project Director and Founder
  • Should I stay or should I go? – the City of Busselton experience, challenges and direction for long-term coastal adaptation”: Paul Needham, Director Planning and Development Services, City of Busselton
  • Initiatives to drive economic growth and employment opportunities in regional WA: Tim Connoley, Director, Urbis
  • Housing Challenges and Planning Responses in the Regions: Dr Shane Greive, Urban and Regional Planning, School of Design and Built Environment, Curtin University
  • “I wouldn’t wish this on anyone”: The housing crisis in Augusta Margaret River: Craig Mathieson, Deputy Chair, Just Home Margaret River Inc.; Angela Wellman, Community Member, Margaret River; Dr Naomi Godden, Chairperson, Just Home Margaret River Inc.
  • ON THE COUCH: Improving design outcomes: David Caddy – Chairman, Western Australian Planning Commission; Rebecca Moore – Government Architect and Chair of the State Design Review Panel; Kathy Bonus – Chief Planning Advisor, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage

Want to stay over? The River, Margaret River is adjacent to HEART and is the ideal conference hotel. More accommodation option