JULY 2019

The AIUS SA is proud to be a supporting partner of the Adelaide Case Study: Urban Design for Wellbeing and Mental Health.

The Adelaide Case Study examines how Greater Adelaide applies the key principles of urban design to improve mental health. It provides recommendations for Greater Adelaoide and offers lessons for consideration by other cities.

The Case Study currently features on the International Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health’s website, along with other cities leading in this field. The Case Study can be viewed online at: https://www.urbandesignmentalhealth.com/cities.html

The Case Study will officially be launched at the Adelaide Botanic Garden  (Goodman Building Lecture Room) on Thursday 25 July 2019 at 4:30pm. The launch will include an address from project partners, as well as light refreshments. For more details and to register for the event, please visit the Eventbrite invitation


Membership is open to those that have an interest and passion for urban life in South Australia.

Our membership base is broad and balanced, and includes individuals and corporate members from the public, private, not-for-profit and academic sectors. Our Individual Members have qualifications and expertise in urban planning, law, design, industrial design, business, health, sustainability, industry and policy among many others. Our Corporate Members and Sponsors include local governments, academic institutions and businesses. As such, the AIUS SA provides a unique and diverse view on South Australia’s urban and regional futur

In 2019/20, the AIUS SA is offering a broader range of membership options for both individuals and corporate members. This year the AIUS SA has also introduced sponsorship packages for organsiations that would also like to support our activities.

Benefits of the various membership and sponsorship options for both individuals and corporate members can be found on our website: JOIN


Our submissions on policy and discussion papers are informed by research, information generated through our events and contributions from our diverse membership. In recent months, the AIUS SA has produced and submitted the following submissions:

Planning and Design Code: Productive Economy Policy Discussion Paper
South Australian Arts Plan 2019-2024 04/2019
Creating a modern industry policy for South Australia 04/2019

Submissions on policy and discussion papers can be found here:

The AIUS SA is member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee: Community Participation & Sustainability Advisory Committee. The committee acts as a conduit for information and assist in the facilitation of engagement activities between community and sustainability advocacy groups, relevant industry professionals and the DPTI Planning Reform Project team through the implementation process. More information can be found here


Last year’s local government elections saw a record wave of women elected to SA Councils, with ten new female mayors elected in Adelaide. Meet four of these new Mayors at AIUS SA’s next Urban Briefing.

Join us for networking drinks and nibbles, followed by a panel session hosted by AIUS SA Vice President Reb Rowe and AIUS SA Board Member Jen St Jack with:

Lord Mayor of Adelaide Sandy Verschoor;
Mayor of Whyalla Clare McLaughlin;
Mayor of Walkerville Elizabeth Fricker; and
Mayor of Mitcham Heather Holmes-Ross.

You will have the opportunity to hear direct from these new Mayors about how they will guide their communities through the critical urban issues of our time as nominated by you in our recent AIUS SA survey.

Hear how these Mayors plan to tackle climate change, foster local economies, and build social inclusivity.
Hear how they see the future roles of Mayors and local government, in light of the impending LG Act reforms.
Hear their visions for the future of their community, and the initiatives and projects they are most excited about.
Event details and tickets can be found here


The AIUS SA is currently developing a new Strategic Plan. We have prepared a 5 minute, 5 question survey to support the development of the Strategic Plan. The survey closes 12 April 2019. The survey is here


The Australian Institute of Urban Studies SA held the public event Good for business: human-powered connection to discuss how the promotion of cycling and cycling friendly urban environments can improve retail and commercial precincts and local neighbourhoods. The Urban Update has been informed by the event and the broader conversation on cycling in urban environments:

Event leader and AIUS-SA Vice President Reb Rowe:
“Many business owners have traditionally resisted the removal of car parking spaces, fearing this will result in a decline in customers. However a number of studies from around the world have shown us that accommodating cyclists is actually good for business”.

Read the full Urban Update #1 here
Read the full Urban Update #1 MEDIA RELEASE here


We are thrilled to welcome Dr Michael Scott from Flinders University and Daniels Langeberg from EcoCaddy who joined the AIUSSA Board at our recent AGM held on 17 November 2017.  We sadly farwelled two long standing Board members, Amanda Balmer and Bryan Moulds.  Bryan had been on the Board for 30 years, he held the position of Treasurer since the mid-90’s until retiring at our AGM. We will miss them both greatly and thank them for their wonderful contributions to the Board’s work over the many years.  We congratulate Ben Cooper who has stepped into Bryan’s shoes as Treasurer.  Trish Hansen remains as President, Mark Dean as Vice President and Jo Clare as Secretary. Meet all Board members here.


This half day forum on Friday 1st December, is bringing together some of the best minds in public policy, business, academia and the community for discussions on the key issues facing South Australia. See article in CityMag published on 23 November – https://citymag.indaily.com.au/culture/opinion/on-being-in-south-australia/

The Lord Mayor and a representative of the Premier will provide an opening address, which will be followed by a series of panel discussions, regarding our economy, our environment, our infrastructure, our people and other matters regarding urban and regional life.

Our speakers include:

The Lord Mayor
The Honorable Martin Haese
Commissioner for Children and Young People
Helen Connolly
Chief Executive, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR)
Sandy Pitcher
Director Strategy and Assessment, Environment Protection Authority (EPA)
Kathryn Bellette
Chief Executive Officer,  South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS)
Ross Womersley
Chief Executive Officer, Democracy Co
Emma Lawson
Chief ICT and Digital Strategist, Department of the Premier and Cabinet
Karin Geraghty
Executive Director Offender Development, Department for Correctional Services
Vanessa Swan
State President, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects SA (AILA SA)
Ben Willsmore
Chairman, Adelaide Sustainable Building Network (ASBN)
Ken Long
Executive Director, Arts South Australia
Peter Louca
Editor, CityMag
Farrin Foster
Director Sustain SA
Phil Donaldson
Director, Davis + Davis Architects
Matt Davis
Chief Executive, The Wyatt Trust
Paul Madden

…..and more to be announced – tickets available now via Eventbrite here.


His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia held a civic reception and Government House to celebrate the important 50th Anniversary milestone and acknowledged the commitment of the hundreds of volunteers involved in enriching urban for all South Australians.  The current Board Executive joined many special guests to celebrate this significant anniversary of the South Australian branch of the Australian Institute of Urban Studies.

This evening also acknowledged the significant contribution of six individuals over the many years by awarding them ‘honorary membership’. These people were:

John Ellis
Inaugural Secretary. Executive member during the 1990s and 2000s including terms as President. Influential planning advisor to both government and private sectors.

Elizabeth Fisher
Long serving federal public servant. Member of Executive and multiple terms as Secretary during 1990s and into early 2000s.

Stephen Hamnett
Distinguished Professor of Planning with University of South Australia from early 1980s. Significant influence on urban planning in South Australia, Australia and internationally. He served multiple terms as member of Executive during 1980s to 2000s.

Bryan Moulds
Former senior public servant. Peak industry body leader and development manager in public, private and not for profit sectors. Executive member continuously from 1986. Treasurer since 1991.

Terry Quinn
Executive member for over 20 years from mid 1990s. Terry served multiple terms as President during the 2000s. Long career in the public service in areas of urban renewal.

Sandy Rix
Long term career as a leading town planner in South Australia in both private and public service. President for a number of terms and a member of the Executive during the 1990s into the 2000s.

View all the photos from the evening on our Facebook page.


The State Planning Commission has released the first stage of the Community Engagement Charter—the Discussion Draft—for six weeks of consultation from Monday, 28 August to Monday, 9 October 2017.

The Discussion Draft consolidates and refines the input obtained through the Planning Together Panel process, which has been influenced and guided by the “Practitioner Group” and the more widely represented “Larger Stakeholder Group”.

This Discussion Draft is not a finished product, but the first stage of what the Charter could look like. The Commission is now seeking feedback from a broad audience to assist it in further evolving the Charter. This includes exploring in greater detail implementation measures that will assist authorities in making decisions about how to engage.

Once feedback on this discussion draft is received, the Commission intends to release a formal Consultation Draft, which will be accompanied by a Guideline document that will describe how the Charter could be applied and how the success of engagement processes could be evaluated. This will be supported by an engagement toolbox which will be progressively developed to assist with the Charter’s implementation.

Being the first of its kind, it is recognised that the Charter will need to evolve over time. In its first year, it will primarily applied to the development of the new State Planning Policies, the Planning and Design Code, and Infrastructure schemes as required under the new Act. As the Commission prepares these documents, it will test the Charter and its application to allow for its ongoing evolution. During this time the Commission welcomes ongoing feedback to assist in monitoring and improving the Charter.

There are a number of ways you and your organisation can be involved in the process as follows:

SA Planning Portal: you can lodge a submission and answer survey question on line.
Make a submission or comment: you or your Organisation can make a submission at DPTI.planningengagement@sa.gov.au
Or Post to : The State Planning Commission, GPO Box 1815, ADELAIDE SA 5001
Keep informed: by reading the ‘Planning Ahead’ newsletter

Information and survey questions can be accessed via the SA Planning portal http://www.saplanningportal.sa.gov.au/our_new_system/community_engagement_charter

Or through the SA Government’s YourSAy site https://yoursay.sa.gov.au/ 

This stage of consultation closes on the 9 October 2017.


AIUS SA is a proud Supporting Partner of Social Capital Residencies, which is part of the Thinkers in Residence program re-ignited in South Australia by the Don Dunstan Foundation.

Allyson Hewitt is the first of the Don Dunstan Foundation’s Thinker in Residence, with her first public appearance of the Social Capital Residencies on 2nd May, Allyson spoke at a series of events over time.  Allyson covered topics such as Women in Social Innovation; Why measurement is important in social capital; and joined a panel at an oration.

Allyson leads the social innovation programs at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, Canada. Allyson has assisted hundreds of social ventures to become economically sustainable and increase their social impact, has initiated and implemented public policy to support social enterprise and has developed a range of social innovation programs at MaRS


AIUS SA will be hosting Urban Briefings throughout the year, and invite you to join us in enjoying authentic Italian pizza, wines and conversations at Pranzo.  Our events start at 5.30pm on the last Wednesday of each month.  This year we are opening new dialogue and digging further on topics such as:

Medicinal cannabis

Smart Cities

Implications of heritage/planning reform

The old RAH redevelopment

Housing innovation

Young people cities

Events webpage and our Facebook page.


Our President, Trish Hansen, presented at the 2016 Creativity Conference in her role as Project Lead with the Wellbeing and Resilience Centre at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and the President of the Australian Institute of Urban Studies – South Australia. Trish is currently undertaking a Master of International Development, and you can view her presentation here