Day One

Registration and welcome coffee
Opening remarks from the Chair

Roger Rooney
Smart Cities, Smart Parking and Digital Transformation Consultant

Learning from Croydon Council's award-winning school streets project
  • How the project was implemented
  • Key considerations from the parking teams
  • Overcoming challenges and lessons learned
  • Reviewing results on how this has improved safety

Sarah Randall
Head of Parking
Croydon Council (UK)

Uncovering the benefits of a human centred approach to parking to create better places and cities
  • Creating an engaging and productive environment throughout our cities
  • Changing thinking from cars first to people first
  • Looking at users' needs and how to address them to optimise the travel experience

Chris Coath
GTA Consultants

Morning tea break
MAYORS PANEL DISCUSSION: Smart parking as the catalyst for smart cities
  • How the trends of urbanisation and population growth are forcing a rethink on the way cities are governed
  • Why must cities be engaged in improving citizen experience? And what role does parking play in achieving this?
  • What other benefits do parking offer to cities?
  • How parking can be an enabler for larger smart cities projects
  • How should parking, smart cities and technology work together

Panel Moderator:

Roger Rooney
Smart Cities, Smart Parking and Digital Transformation Consultant


Michael Regan
Northern Beaches Council

Marianne Sabina
Shellharbour City Council

Jerome Laxale
City of Ryde

If people don’t own cars – what’s the role of parking?
  • Re-imaging the role of parking in a future of electric, autonomous and share mobility
  • The role of electric vehicle charging in parking as a roadmap to electric mobility
  • Practical steps to future proof your car park and support a smart city agenda

Geoff Brady
Head of Sales and Marketing
EVIE Networks

CASE STUDY: How City of Parramatta is overcoming challenges and managing parking and transport
  • Strategies to manage parking, facilitate bicycle access and encourage the use of public transport within the city
  • Overview of the City's car share locations - what works and what doesn't
  • How multiple methods of transport is helping to reduce Parramatta's greenhouse gas emissions

Sameer Pandey
City of Parramatta

Networking lunch break
CASE STUDY: Overview of City of Melbourne reduction of parking for bike lanes project
  • How the City of Melbourne’s is adopting a citizen centric approach
  • Assessing the infrastructure and engineering required for bike lanes
  • How to justify investments and revenues in the longer term

Linda Weatherson
Director City Operations
City of Melbourne

CASE STUDY: Creating more walkable and sustainable city centres
  • Understanding the purposes and vision of Geroges River Civic Centre
  • Going beyond the hype to solve parking issues
  • Overview of our journey in creating a more sustainable city
  • How offering these benefits to the community is improving citizen experience

Sue Weatherley
Director of City Strategy and Innovation
Georges River Council

CASE STUDY: Adopting people-oriented approaches to smart parking
  • Why technology on its own won’t fix the issue – and why embracing consumer behaviour as the key driver of your project is
  • Placing the citizens at the heart of your smart parking strategies
  • Hearing people’s voice and understanding the citizen’s needs when setting up a plan
  • Assessing the most suitable technologies based on a human-centred approach

Craig Chung
City of Sydney

Afternoon tea break
Interactive discussion: The value of parking to the economic viability of outer metropolitan activities centres

This sessions starts with a presentation of a case study focused on congestion in Frankston’s CBD and the difficulties of connecting with the Frankston train line. The presentation will be followed by an interactive discussion for participants to roll-up their sleeves and contribute to finding solutions to Frankston’s CBD, and brainstorm how these solutions can also be applicable to their own councils.

Key discussion points include:

  • Leveraging Bus and Rail extensions
  • Piloting of new parking technologies and dynamic signage
  • Forecasting expected traffic and congestion growth
  • Replacing the out-dated car parking pricing, time limits and user restrictions
  • Master planning traffic flow
  • Locating where additional CBD and station car parking
  • Assessing the impact of concentrated ownership of car parking assets

Ginevra Hosking
Committee for Greater Frankston

FISHBOWL SESSION: Investigating the challenges and shaping the solutions

In this interactive session, you’ll discuss the biggest parking challenges your organisation and community are facing and brainstorm the solutions with your peers who are also trying to overcome similar issues.

The room will be divided in roundtables, and participants will be able to choose a key theme of discussion, including (but not limited to):

  • On-street and off-street parking
  • Simplifying signage information
  • What are the first steps to take when implementing a smart parking program
  • How to pick and choose the most critical projects
  • How to manage successes and failures
  • Smart parking risk management strategy

Each roundtable will nominate a participant to be the leader. All tables will have 10 minutes to discuss your challenges. Then, each leader will deliver a short presentations on their key challenges to the entire audience.

After the leaders of all tables present, they will turn to their tables, and all participants will engage in a group discussion to brainstorm and propose ideas and solutions.

At the end of the group discussion, the roundtable leaders will share the key points presented by their group to the entire audience.


Roger Rooney
Smart Cities, Smart Parking and Digital Transformation Consultant

Mexus Quickfire Presentation
Closing remarks from the international Chair
End of Day One and networking drinks