Panel discussion: The challenges of urban renewal

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Wednesday 29 April 2015

Footscray is experiencing rapid urban transformation today and with it this diverse suburb is rapidly being re-made.

In this workshop, co-sponsored by the Community Development Association of Victoria University and the Community, Identity & Displacement Research Network, a conversation will be held around questions that this transformation raises.

  • How are community dynamics being affected by the economic and demographic transformations?
  • How are these processes of transformation being experienced?
  • What are some of the challenges, but also the possibilities of these changes for local communities and groups?
  • What can community development theory and practice bring to understanding and negotiating these challenges?

There will be a panel of presenters followed by plenty of time for discussion.


  • Denis Nelthorpe – Director Footscray Community Legal Service
  • Marcia Ferguson – Director, Big West Festival
  • Jose Ramos – Director, Footscray Maker Lab
  • Jessie Lopez – Bareport
  • Chris McConville, Federation University

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This one of a range of Footscray Uni Town events & activities brought to you as part of the ongoing Footscray University Town partnership between VU and Maribyrnong City Council.

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29 April 2015, 5:30pm to 7:00pm