CatalystWest Conversations on Public Spaces

Event Name
CatalystWest Conversations on Public Spaces
20 May 2020
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

Address (Room): Via Zoom


Space, the final post-COVID frontier. Will public space every be the same again?

Our next CatalystWest Conversations features architect and Sydney City councillor Philip Thalis, Deputy Secretary Alex O'Mara from NSW Planning, Shadow Education Minister, Prue Car, and Dr Andy Marks from Western Sydney University. Together they'll ask how we'll work, learn and build community in public spaces post pandemic.

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  • Alex O'Mara,Deputy Secretary of Place, Design and Public Spaces at the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.  Alex O'Mara began in her current role in May 2019, leading two Premier’s Priorities: Greening Our City and Greener Public Spaces. Ms O’Mara is also tasked with leading the work to re-orient the planning system around people places and communities, with a continued focus on greater upfront strategic planning, excellence in design, local neighbourhood character and public spaces. Prior to that, Alex was the Deputy Secretary for Create NSW since May 2017, leading the delivery of the largest investment in cultural infrastructure in NSW since the Opera House was built and the development of the NSW Cultural Infrastructure Plan.
  • Professor Philip Thalis, Founding Principal, Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects.  Philip Thalis is a founding principal of Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects, established in 1992. Philip has more than 25 years local and international experience across a broad spectrum of architecture and urban projects, and has won more than 40 awards, commendations and competitions for architecture, urban design, planning, public domain and heritage projects.
  • Prue Car MP, Shadow Minister for Education, NSW Parliament.  Prue Car has been the Member for Londonderry since 2015 and is the NSW Shadow Minister for Education. Prue was born and raised in Western Sydney, and is proud to now represent Western Sydney in the NSW Parliament. Prue is passionate about ensuring Western Sydney gets its fair share.

Speakers: Alex O'Mara, Professor Philip Thalis, Prue Car MP and Dr Andy Marks

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