Wednesday, 2 August 2023
Venue: Mawson's Waterside Pavillion, Mawson Place, Hobart
Registration. Arrival. Light lunch
Masterclass – Placemaking for Impact
- - Current placemaking case studies that are delivering impact, with a particular focus on waterfront renewal and how public markets can spark urban revitalisation and community connection
- - Deep dive into how to develop successful partnerships for main street revitalisation projects during the cost-of-living crisis
- - Key tips & resources on what main street managers need to know build better cities, towns, main streets and high streets
This session will have a strong focus on commercial districts, main streets and evidence/case studies on how to engage investors and businesses as well as the community.
Ethan Kent, PlacemakingX
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Break / all conference delegates arrive in Hobart
Welcome drinks for ALL conference delegates
Venue: Hanging Garden – 112 Murray Street Hobart
5:00pm - 9:00pm
Thursday, 3 August 2023
Venue: Crowne Plaza Hobart, Centurion Ballroom, 110 Liverpool Street, Hobart
Theme: Think Big and Act Local
Subtheme: Innovation + collaboration + evolution
Registration, arrival tea & coffee
8:30am - 9:15am
MC, Mainstreet President, VIPs
9:15am - 9:30am
Keynote 1. The placemaking agenda: what next?
How can we strengthen the global placemaking movement to assist governments and communities to meet their social, environmental and economic goals?
Ethan Kent PlacemakingX (USA)
09:30am - 10:00am
Keynote 2. Embracing Consumer Behaviour Trends to Boost Main Street Shopping
Louise Grimmer Shopology
10:00am - 10:40am
10:40am -11:00 am
Keynote 3. From recession proofing to revitalising – what are the latest insights & lessons from the UK High Street Taskforce?
Mark Robinson Chair High Street Taskforce (UK)
11:00am - 11:45am
Keynote 4. How can main streets adapt to the current cost of living money pressures to increase foot fall and build long term resilience?
Effie Zahos Finance Expert
11:45am - 12:30pm
12:30pm - 1:15pm
Panel 1 – The rise of Central Social Districts – why CBD’s are past their use by date.
Panellists: Mark Robinson Chair High Street Taskforce, Craig Becconsall Urban Spark Studio, Kelly Grigsby City of Hobart, Madi Biggelaar Launceston Central City
Facilitator: Georgina Pikoulas
1:15pm - 2:00pm
Panel 2 – To BID or not to BID, that is the question for Australian main streets.
Facilitator Liz Joldeski
2:00pm - 2:40pm
2:40pm - 3:00pm
Breakout 1 – Walking Tour – Hobart placemaking highlights
Breakout 2 – Walking Tour – Indigenous history of Hobart
Breakout 3 -Spotlight on Tasmania: Think Big/Act Local case studies.
Panellists: TBC (Facilitator Samantha Choudhury)
3:00pm - 3:45pm
Keynote 5. Leadership and confidence building for main street success
Colleen Callander (Former Sportsgirl CEO)
3:45pm - 4:30pm
Wrap up & close
4:30pm - 4:45pm
Post conference networking
5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday, 4 August 2023
Local Main Street Bus Tours
PROGRAM TO BE CONFIRMED 10am – 2pm