Guide that Packs Some Heat

Heatwaves have caused more deaths than any other type of natural disaster.  During a heatwave, everyone is at risk of heat-related illness, not to mention the impacts on plants and animals. There is often associated disruption to services and infrastructure at times when they are most needed. Climate change is causing heatwaves to be longer, […]

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Publishers Hotel set for Radical Remake

The clever integration of the established built-form character of a city with complementary new buildings is an exciting part of urban development.  Great cities do this particularly well, with the preserved historic character enhanced by exciting and fresh new development that tells you much about where they have come from and where they are headed. […]

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Changing Climate – Changing Council

The Premier’s Climate Change Council (PCCC) was established in 2008 to provide independent advice to the Minister for Environment and Water on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change.  In addition, the PCCC takes a leadership role in consulting with businesses, the environment and conservation sector, and the wider community about issues associated […]

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Creating a Climate Smart Built Environment

We all need to prepare for the accelerating impacts of climate change and do what we can to reduce carbon emissions.  Climate smart buildings, infrastructure and open space will help us do that. A climate smart built environment is more resilient.  It will endure hotter and drier conditions and more frequent hazard events such as […]

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Kangaroo Island – A Great Blend of Farming and Tourism

One of the key attractions of Kangaroo Island for tourists is the connection to various types of farming and primary production.  This is recognised as a social and economic development initiative in the SA Economic Development Board’s “Paradise Girt by Sea” report, as well as in the Kangaroo Island Development Plan. The Andermel Marron farm […]

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Another Key Appointment at URPS

We are thrilled to have Theresa James join URPS. With many years in Local Government, Theresa loves development facilitation.  She loves finding inventive ways for development to be assessed as simply as possible and forging personal connections during the assessment process. Theresa’s technical know-how means that she can easily engage with experts in areas as […]

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Expanding Our Community Engagement Capacity

Anna Deller-Coombs is our exciting new recruit at URPS. Anna understands the DNA of engagement.  She has led community engagement activities for a variety of organisations, including training and upskilling staff in approaches that increase community participation to improve decision making. An empathetic relationship builder, Anna’s engagement approach brings together disparate views to build consensus. […]

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More Aged Care Living Where It is Needed

Estia Health is one of Australia’s largest aged care providers, operating 17 residential aged care facilities in South Australia for more than 1300 residents. Burnside Council recently approved the redevelopment of Estia’s existing aged care accommodation at Toorak Gardens to become a 4-5 storey storey/118 bed facility.  The Council Assessment Panel complimented the design team […]

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Social Planning More Important than Ever

Caro Mader is our newest social planner and Associate Director at URPS. Caro is a highly experienced social planner, community development practitioner and university lecturer. She is a leader in the fields of social policy and strategy development, community participation and citizenship, social research and community engagement. During her lengthy career in local government, Caro […]

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The Show Must Go On

When the reality of COVID-19 really took effect in Australia in April we ran an article about how community engagement in a world with less face-to-face interaction doesn’t end.  It just changes. Since then we have been using a wide variety of techniques to continue engaging.  These include online platforms such as Zoom, Cisco Webex, […]

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