Melbourne Conversations: Moving and Shaping Melbourne

Join a free public forum at Deakin Edge and learn how transport shapes the city, greases the economic wheels and influences community life.

This is the urban century. Around the world, people are moving to cities, drawn by jobs, culture, lifestyle, services, opportunity and everything else that a buzzing metropolis has to offer.

Melbourne is no exception. Yet, with growth comes challenges. How does the city avoid gridlock as more and more people move through the streets? Can we build an urban transport system that supports a dynamic economy and enhances the quality of public space?


  • Jennifer Cunich, Executive Director of the Victorian Division of the Property Council of Australia
  • Paul Donegan, Fellow, Cities Program, Grattan Institute
  • William McDougall, transport planner, engineer and economist
  • David Shelton, Executive Director, Strategy and Planning/Road Safety Coordinator, VicRoads
  • Professor John Stone, lecturer, Transport Planning in Urban Planning Program in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne.

The MC will be Peter Mares, moderator of The Cranlana Programme, contributing editor to Inside Story and adjunct fellow at the Swinburne Institute for Social Research.

WARNING This event is part of Melbourne Conversations, a City of Melbourne initiative, sponsored by VicRoads and the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources; also supported by Future Leaders.

Deakin Edge, Fed Square, Thursday 26 March | 6pm – 7:30pm | Doors open at 5:30pm