“Engagement Done Well” In a few days, Vancouver planner Brent Toderian will be speaking in Sydney, where last year he was training planning bureaucrats in the NSW State Government in community engagement. His conference topic is “Density Done Well”. My topic in the preceding session was “Engagement Done Well”, making the point that density done… Continue reading Toderian’s 10 Lessons in More Engaging Citizen Engagement”: A confused response
I’m celebrating: 2013 was a great year for community activism in planning. In New South Wales, concerted action by many forces, including the Better Planning Network (https://betterplanningnetwork.good.do/nsw/fund-the-better-planning-network-in-2014/), resulted in the State Government withdrawing the contentious and flawed proposed state planning legislation. The Better Planning Network has more than 430 community groups and many… Continue reading Activism in Planning in Australia: A Delicate Balancing Act
Jolted awake by the phone at 4am in my friend’s house in Berkeley, I knew. My father was dead. In Canada: thousands of miles away. My good parent: dead at 69. I was 37. Back in Australia, I grieved alone for months. My loving, distressed husband finally announced, “I’m worried, Wendy. This grief has… Continue reading Gone to God
Australia‘s “cultural cringe” One of the challenges of being a “migrant” in Australia is understanding the “cultural cringe” that infects so much of Australian life. I’ve lived and worked here for 45 years and it still puzzles me. For those not familiar with it, it is an internalised inferiority complex that causes us to… Continue reading Vancouver’s EcoDensity Policy: Reflections on Australian Planning’s Cultural Cringe and Cultural Imperialism
On Sunday 13th October, we will remember the life and passion of the indefatigable and incandescent Mandy Press. Mandy died in her sleep on 1 October 2013 at home at Yarambat, Victoria. Mandy’s husband, Gerry Morris, provided this obituary. Mandy was born in on 7 December 1947 in Brighton,… Continue reading Honouring the legacy of Mandy Press
All hell is breaking loose in Vancouver. I wish I were there to watch it. For decades, the so-called Lotus Land has prided itself on its premier status as the most liveable city in the world. Etc. And so on. Visiting Overseas Experts Its retired or retrenched planners… Continue reading All Hell Breaks Loose with Proposed Housing Density Increases in Vancouver!
It’s always interesting living in the bush! Our enterprising neighbours have turned their half an acre into a hive of activity. WWOOFERS are everywhere (see https://wwoofinternational.org/). After decades of inaction, the community agriculture lot is thriving. Karl is preparing his garden for viewing next weekend in a Nimbin House and Garden Tour fundraiser… Continue reading Lessons from a deaf brown chook
On 25 May 2013, I flew to Adelaide from the Gold Coast. I associate Adelaide with hopefulness and opportunity. I was looking forward to basking in the pleasures of old friendships once again. Twin griefs had distracted me for several months: the death of a dear friend and the loss of a longstanding friendship.… Continue reading Flight Poem
Wendy’s Blog: Bringing Planning to Life This is my blog as an independent planner. My aim is to bring planning to life. And en route, to bring life to planning. It has four components: Professional posts Personal posts Posts from… Continue reading Wendy’s Blog: Bringing Planning to Life
Last night we had a lively discussion in Brisbane hosted by the Planning Institute, Queensland Branch. Stephanie Wyeth, a highly experienced engagement practitioner and Director of Urbis, Queensland, and I spoke about the practical aspects of community engagement in a well-attended “How-To” seminar. I spoke about NIMBY Psychology: What Can a Planner… Continue reading NIMBY Psychology: What Can a Planner Do?