Delivering Housing Diversity: A Half Day Summit

Join us on 8 May as we dive into the key challenges and opportunities for delivering housing diversity.

With the dwelling diversity and density targets outlined in ShapingSEQ 2023, we’ve lined up industry experts to discuss the Plan’s implications for existing areas and greenfield communities. We’ll unpack the fundamental principles required to deliver greater housing diversity and choice. From examining economic realities and design principles to understanding community sentiment and policy interventions, join us as we uncover the necessary steps to turn the Plan’s aspirations into a reality.

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Event Summary


Wednesday, 8 May 2024


8am for an 8:30am start – 12:15pm


Queens Ballroom
Hilton Brisbane
190 Elizabeth St, Brisbane City 4000


Member: $130
Non-member: $260



Registration & networking over barista coffee

This is an opportunity to catch up with colleagues and make new property industry connections over barista coffee.

Honourable Meaghan Scanlon MP

Welcome from the Honourable Minister

Session One

Hayley Watts – Department of Housing, Local Government, Planning, and Public Works

Setting the Stage: Goals and Incentives

Hayley Watts will present insights into the regional plan’s typology targets and the levers being considered by State to incentivise the delivery of housing diversity.
Session Two

Marcus Brown – Bull & Bear Economics

Market dynamics

Hear from Marcus Brown as he delves into the housing diversity landscape including existing trends, potential areas for diversity, where the demand is greatest, and policy interventions required to support the delivery of greater housing options in the region.
Session Three

Michael Forwood – Saunders Havill, Sue Dewar – Lendlease

Balancing design and policy

In this session, Michael Forwood and Sue Dewar will discuss the various hurdles that impede the delivery of diverse housing typologies. They will also delve into the innovative strategies and best practices for implementing housing diversity.
Q&A Session

Panel discussion with Marcus and Michael


Morning tea & coffee

Session Four + Q&A Session
Peter Egerton

Paul Eagles – Urbex, Peter Egerton – RPS

Lessons from the field: Density done well

Co-presenters, Paul Eagles and Peter Edgerton, will share successful examples of density projects, along with the current projects being delivered in South East Queensland. Learn from their past endeavours, the challenges they have faced, and navigating future suburban density opportunities. Followed by a panel discussion, where Paul and Peter will answer your burning questions.
Session Five

David Laner – Stockland, Anthony Demiris – Avid Property Group, Debbie McNamara – Economic Development Queensland, Kristy Forwood – Department of Housing, Local Government, Planning and Public Works

Developing diverse communities

Join David Laner, Anthony Demiris, Debbie McNamara and Kristy Forwood for a panel discussion as they explore the multifaceted considerations involved in creating inclusive, liveable communities that reflect the needs of South East Queensland’s diverse population.

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Honourable Meaghan Scanlon MP Minister for Housing, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Public Works
Hayley Watts Manager, ShapingSEQ Project Team Regional and Spatial Planning Department of Housing, Local Government, Planning and Public Works
Marcus Brown Director Bull & Bear Economics
Michael Forwood Director Saunders Havill Group
Sue Dewar State Urban Design Manager, Communities Lendlease
Paul Eagles Planning Director Urbex
Peter Egerton Service Line Leader – Urban Design RPS
David Laner General Manager Stockland
Anthony Demiris General Manager QLD Avid Property Group
Debbie McNamara General Manager Economic Development Queensland
Kristy Forwood Director, Policy and Statutory Planning, Planning Group Department of Housing, Local Government, Planning and Public Works

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