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Margaret Hendry Lecture

Planning-obsessed Canberrans can hear the verdict of experts before sharing their own thoughts about those controversy-provoking questions this Thursday at the Margaret Hendry Lecture.

Hosted by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) the Lecture is a free public event that celebrates women in the landscape architecture industry.

This year the lecture will be in the format of an all-female panel discussing the creation of equitable public spaces, underpinned by the beliefs of renowned American/Canadian city planning activist and author Jane Jacobs that ‘people must take a modicum of public responsibility for each other even if they have no ties to each other.’


Alex Sloan, former ABC broadcaster and 2017 Canberra’s Citizen of the Year

Recently retired from radio after 27 years, Alex will be stepping back behind the microphone to ensure the panel runs smoothly. Throughout her career Alex shone a spotlight on the development of Canberra and community needs, making her the perfect choice to oversee the evening.

Tara Cheyne MLA, Member for Ginninderra and Government Whip

With a long record of fighting for local needs as Chair of the Belconnen Community Council, Tara moved into the ACT Legislative Assembly at last October’s Election. Her advocacy for sound development that serves the needs of all the community means she will be a natural fit for the role of guest speaker to open the evening.


Professor Kate Auty, ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment; attached to the University of Melbourne

Kate is, and has been, a Chair and advisor on several national boards sponsoring research on climate change and transformation in our cities. Kate has held many leadership roles in the Victorian Government and Melbourne University, including Vice-Chancellors Fellow, Ambassador for City of Melbourne in the development of the Future Melbourne Plan.

Dr. Christine Satchell, Director at Swarm System Pty Ltd, University of Melbourne

Christine is a researcher in Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing. She was runner up in the Australian Women in Technology Awards 2014. In 2013 her ‘Mobile Phones for Personal Safety After Dark’ was selected by the Commonwealth as the work best exemplifying Australian research. She is a member of the National Capital Authority Board and advises the Australian Communications & Media Authority.

Catherine Townsend, ACT Government Architect

Catherine is a local architect who has attained an impressive list of industry awards. She has contributed extensively to the profession and to community advisory groups, including the 2003 Bushfire Recovery Taskforce. As Government Architect she wants to ‘capture the citizen’.

Amy Gray, Tract Consultants

Amy was named in 2016 as one of ten emerging voice in Australian Landscape Architecture. Amy is passionate about place making and participatory design. Amy has led workshops in Berlin as part of the BMW Guggenheim Lab, presented a popular TEDx talk, and spoken at various design and planning conferences. Amy is founder of Vibrant Places, co-founding member of the U.R{BNE} Collective.

When: 6:00 – 8:00pm Thursday 18 May 2017
(AILA Members’ President’s Drinks from 6:00 – 7:00pm, Public Lecture from 7:00 – 8:00pm)

Where: Cinema 1, Palace Electric Cinema, 2 Phillip Law Street, New Acton ACT Cost: Free for AILA members and non-members