thurs 27 may 2021


What is a climate conscious planning system?
An expert panel will provide a tour around the nation of what each state is doing towards achieving a ‘climate conscious’ planning system.



Planning Institute of Australia

Audrey Marsh is PIA’s Senior Policy and Campaign Officer. She uses her background in urban and regional planning, government and politics to help shape PIA’s policy and advocacy agenda. Audrey has worked across a range of urban and regional planning issues in consulting and local government, with a particular focus on social planning, community engagement and social infrastructure strategy.

Jaime Hogan MPIA

Waverley Council

Jaime has a diverse spatial and policy skillset having worked across architecture, urban design and strategic planning in government and private organisations around Sydney. Jaime has designed and delivered sustainable solutions in bespoke residential architecture, prepared complex structure plans to guide inner city renewal in some of Sydney’s most recognised centres, and coordinated the preparation of Waverley’s Local Strategic Planning Statement.


Jaime is currently NSW PIA Vice President Education and is coordinating the NSW Climate Conscious Planning Frameworks campaign. Jaime’s work supports her belief that urban professionals must own their duty as custodians of the built and natural environment to create environmentally sustainable, equitable and engaging places for all.

Jason Byrne MPIA

University of Tasmania

Jason Byrne is a Professor of Human Geography and Planning. He researches urban political ecologies of green-space, climate change adaptation, and environmental justice. He has over 100 scholarly publications, including a multi-award-winning co-edited book – Australian Environmental Planning: Challenges and Future Prospects (Routledge). Professor Byrne has previously been awarded the Planning Institute Australia’s national award for cutting edge research and teaching, and has twice been awarded the PIA Queensland award in that category – as well as their overall award for planning excellence.

Before joining the University of Tasmania, Jason was an Associate Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning at Griffith University, Gold Coast, Queensland. Jason completed his PhD at the University of Southern California (2007) and was awarded a commendation for his doctoral research on urban and national parks and social disadvantage. Jason was a Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies (1999), where he researched environmental inequality. Prior to becoming an academic, Jason worked as a planning officer, environmental officer and policy writer with the Western Australian government. He now provides research consultancy services to the Queensland Government and City of Gold Coast Council. Jason is on the editorial board for Local Environment and Journal of Political Ecology, and has made regular radio appearances on ABC radio, as well as television interviews.

Ross Underwood MPIA

Planning Solutions

Ross is a practicing urban planner in private practice and is currently an Associate with Planning Solutions. With his previous experience in local government, Ross has worked across a diverse range of planning fields including policy development, strategic planning, precinct design, and statutory planning in urban, industrial, and rural settings.


Ross is the chair of PIA WA’s Policy and Advocacy Sub-Committee and is partnering with young planners to coordinate the WA Climate-Conscious Planning Framework campaign. It was his belief in particular that the planning industry should be doing more to address climate change that inspired Ross to put his hand up for these roles.