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We welcomed special guest MP Rob Stokes, the NSW Minister for Planning to our Practice Matters open lecture series.

The minister gave a rousing presentation discussing the hot topic of Newcastle’s revitalization and sharing his thoughts on five key elements which should be considered for successful urban progress: Change, Character, Connections, Employment, and the Environment.

Rob Stokes is the NSW Minister for Planning. Prior to this appointment he has served as the Minister for the Environment, Minister for Heritage, Minister for the Central Coast and Assistant Minister for Planning as well as the Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy and Energy Innovation.

Rob was previously a lawyer and academic in environment and planning law, and holds a life-long interest in environmental land use planning, heritage and sustainability.

Introduced by: Professor Andrew Parfitt, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), UON.


The School of Architecture & Built Environment Lecture Series showcases a wide range of projects, global trends and practice styles from local, national and international industry experts within the Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Industrial Design and Construction Management professions.

The fortnightly lecture series provides valuable exposure and insight to the professions as well as networking opportunities for students, industry and the local community.

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