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In 2012, Ideas for Melbourne will be the talk of the town.

With city elections looming in 2012, we’re kicking off this year’s programming by turning the spotlight on some of Melbourne’s biggest civic issues. Over the course of a week, we’ll be asking the city’s most controversial questions, giving you the chance to ask the city’s best placed commentators, experts and policy-makers the questions that will decide this year’s elections. Our aim is simple: to generate public conversation on the issues that matter to Melbournians most.

With greater Melbourne growing by thousands every week, how will we ensure bigger really is better? Does high density mean high rise? As we live ever-closer to our neighbours, can we all get along? Join Jane-Frances Kelly, Trevor Dance, Rob Adams and Jill Garner to explore the issue.

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Jill Garner

Jill Garner is an Associate Architect with the Victorian Government. After an apprenticeship with several of Melbourne’s influential design practices, in 1990 Jill Garner co-founded Garner Davis Architects, a St Kilda-based studio. In 1995, Garner Davis won the international design competition for... Read more

Rob Adams

Professor Rob Adams is currently the Director City Design and Projects at the City of Melbourne and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization. With over 46 years’ experience as an Architect and Urban Designer and 35 years at the City of Melbourne, R... Read more

Jane-Frances Kelly

Since moving to Australia in 2004, Jane-Frances Kelly has worked as a senior adviser to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Boston Consulting Group, the Vice-Chancellor at Melbourne University, the Chief Commissioner at Victoria Police, and the Victorian and Queensland Premier’s Depa... Read more

Trevor Dance

Trevor Dance has been a resident of Sunbury for the past 23 years living next to Emu Bottom Homestead. He has been a Green Wedge activist since the late 1990s. Trevor holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Chemistry) degree, has been a board member of the Foodway Supermarket Group and has worked in fi... Read more


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