About the Region

Village Economies Summit

The Enliven Pittwater Village Economies Summit was held in September 2014 on Sydney’s superb Northern Beaches at Mona Vale.

Key lessons learnt and practical take-away, economic development examples especially related to Pittwater include:

  • Place Making for liveable villages and vibrant communities
  • Urban Design and planning trends with global and national examples, opportunities
  • Sustainable transport and accessibility solutions
  • New retail strategies for main streets & vibrant village economies
  • Health, wellbeing and tourism planning
  • Creative industries contributions.

The event was a great opportunity for ideas generation, ensuring participants were inspired by numerous local and global economic development solutions and opportunities presented to Summit attendees.  Keynote panel speakers from local government practitioners and business included:

  • City of Sydney
  • Marrickville Council
  • City of Canada Bay
  • Kuring-gai Council
  • Brisbane City Council
  • Stockland
  • University of Technology – Sydney
  • Studio GL
  • OOPS Pty Ltd
  • Connect Macquarie Park and North Ryde
  • ID Consulting
  • The Stafford Group
  • Vision Personal Training Mona Vale
  • Archisoul Architects Manly

The Summit was deliberately organised as a cross-disciplinary event, to help Council economic development practitioners, business and the wider regional community identify the many challenges, trends and strategic issues associated with economic development and place planning into the future, for metropolitan village centres.

Pittwater continues to have significant economic development-related strengths, including a stable, highly skilled and educated workforce of 33,000 people, over 8,500 local businesses and a diverse economic base, supporting business excellence and innovative micro, small to medium globally competitive companies.

Enjoy the presentations!