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Game Changers community discussion: a university town's contribution to Melbourne 2050

Victoria University and Maribyrnong City Council will present a stimulating panel discussion about a university town's contribution to Melbourne’s future on Monday 27 July.

The free talk is part of the Game Changers Conversations at VU at MetroWest, a community hub in the heart of Footscray, and a significant part of the 10-year Footscray University Town project to nurture and promote education, jobs, innovation and creativity in Footscray and beyond.

Entitled Melbourne 2050: A University Town’s Contribution to a Smart and Creative City, a thought-provoking panel will examine how the concept of a university town can contribute to the growth of an increasingly liveable Melbourne in the coming decades.

Chaired by VU Vice-Chancellor Peter Dawkins and Maribyrnong Mayor Nam Quach, the panellists and their topics will be:

  • Rob McGauran, Director MGS Architects – the role of design in creating a university town
  • Professor Kerri- Lee Krause, VU Provost – a university town’s contribution to ‘smart cities’
  • Austin Ley, Smart City Office, Melbourne City Council – how education can help connect and share knowledge
  • Sunny Haynes, Partner, Hello City – how engagement and collaboration can breathe new life and revitalise local economies.

Event details

WHAT: Melbourne 2050: A University Town's contribution to a smart and creative city

WHEN: Monday, 27 July 2015 6.30-7.45pm (pop-up bar open from 5.30-6.20pm)

WHERE: VU at MetroWest, 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray


The Game Changers Conversation Series

The Game Changers Conversation series presents pivotal ideas, personalities and moments in Australia’s evolving story for public discussion and debate. It is a project of the Footscray University Town initiative – a partnership between Maribyrnong City Council and Victoria University that sees education, jobs, creativity and opportunity at the heart of the future of Footscray. The events are free and open to the whole community.  ENDS

Media Contact: Ann Marie Angebrandt: 03 9919 5487 or 0401 100 576 or [email protected]                         


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