Nimby or Quimby Forum 2013

Seeking QUIMBY (Quality in my backyard) rather than NIMBY (Not in my backyard)

The Community Alliance SA held a successful public forum on 29th April 2013 at the Norwood Town Hall.“The forum is called NIMBY or QUIMBY? Future ‘Planning’ for Adelaide because the community wants decision makers to consider what it would take to change the current practices so the community feels there is quality development in their backyards.” “Let us make it very clear…we are NOT anti-development or anti high-rise. What we want is quality planning that we can all live with, to be listened to and to be part of the planning process from the very start to its completion. It is a proven model that will give the community some ownership and pride in the place where people live and work and play. This is a great opportunity for the political parties to provide leadership and vision for our future and for the experts to provide new insights on planning our Greater Adelaide” said Rob Crocker, Secretary of the Community Alliance SA.

(Taken from the Community Alliance media release 26/4/13)Photograph by Fernando M. Gonçalves

Photograph by Fernando M. Gonçalves

Welcoming speech

The Forum was introduced by Dr Rob Crocker, Secretary of the Alliance, who spoke about the concerns of our member organisations and why we believe the planning and development system is in crisis.

Read Rob’s speech here: 13-04-29 Rob Crocker’s forum speech

Keynote speeches

  • Nick Xenophon, Independent Federal Senator
  • Vickie Chapman MP, Deputy Leader Liberal Party and Shadow Planning Minister
  • Mark Parnell MLC, Parliamentary Leader Greens SA
  • John Rau MP, Acting Premier and Minister for Planning

Q and A Panel members

  • John Hanlon, Chief Executive, Dept Planning Transport & Infrastructure
  • Prof Norman Etherington, President National Trust SA
  • Dr Iris Iwanicki, President Planning Institute of Australia SA
  • Steve Grieve, President Australian Institute of Architects SA
  • Kevin O’Leary, Adelaide-based planning expert
  • Prof Rob Fowler, President Conservation Council SA
  • Brian Hayes, QC, Chair SA’s Expert Panel on Planning Reform

Tim Horton, former SA Commissioner for Integrated Design, was an excellent MC and Moderator for the Forum.

Read the full report on the forum: Report on Community Alliance Forum 29th April 2013

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