PolisPlan (www.polisplan.com.au) is a mobile consultancy of town planners and strategic engineers that works with local government, research institutions, community groups and private land developers to achieve economically efficient and affordable, as well as socially resilient and environmentally sustainable outcomes for their village, town or urban environment.
Beautility Developments is a separate entity that will be responsible for the development of a demonstration project. That is, a pilot, village-scale development that will accommodate between 100 and 200 people. It is likely to be a Company or Unit Trust as determined by the participating partners.
Steven Liaros is the author of Rethinking the City—an exploration of the historical ideas that underpin the organisation of cities—showing how these ideas are being transformed by the Internet. With qualifications in civil engineering, town planning and environmental law, Steven is currently undertaking PhD research at the University of Sydney's Department of Political Economy with the aim of designing a package of economic strategies andpublic policy principles that would drive the implementation of the circular economy as a framework for building resilient and globally connected, local communities.
Nilmini De Silva
Nilmini De Silva is a Civil Engineer who has worked for local government for many years, managing water systems and the natural environment. She has always been passionate about environmental sustainability but also recognises that the environment is best managed by empowering local communities and building social sustainability. Now an accomplished documentary photographer, Nil passionately pursues her dreams and inspires others to do likewise. "Don’t be trapped by your fate, pursue your destiny” is the central theme of Nil’s book Fate or Destiny.
We have the skills to brief technical experts and manage the design development process to ensure consistency with the framework established in this document. In particular, we provide input to, and oversee, the urban design layout to be developed by architects and landscape designers.
We will also navigate the existing regulatory system to ensure compliance and will advocate for any potential modifications to that system, where these would be useful for future developments. We have extensive experience in preparation of infrastructure plans, development control plans, rezoning applications and development approvals.
We have the skills to project manage a multi-disciplinary team of design experts in terms of budgeting, time-management, minuting and other relevant documentation. Our experience working with experts in diverse disciplines and our collaborative approach seeks not only to achieve the optimal end outcome but also to ensure that all participants in the process feel they have made a positive and worthwhile contribution.
We also undertake and manage stakeholder and community engagement through the facilitation of workshops.
"We shape our Cities, thereafter they shape us"
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