Civica Think Tank

Civica Think Tank presentation, discussion and Q&A

Aerial view of Melbourne city CBD high-rise towers from Port Melbourne and Southbank above residential suburb house roofs and local streets, roads, cars and parks.
Wednesday 28 August 2019
10.40am – 12.10pm

Regeneration and Renewal: Transforming Communities

This session will explore different perspectives on renewing urban environments to improve housing options and create communities. Topics include public housing renewal programs, the impact of the built environment on refugee integration, and affordable, resilient and regenerative living.

This session is sponsored by:



Rachel Hornsby
Founder, Hornsby & Co.
In 2016 Rachel established Hornsby & Co. – a boutique consultancy that works with the local government, community housing, and development sectors to broker and facilitate Affordable Housing. Prior to that Rachel Hornsby had more than 15 years’ experience worki... view
Sandra Carrasco
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Melbourne
Sandra M. Carrasco M. (BArch, MSc, PhD) is a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia, under the MacKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowship. Sandra graduated from Kyoto University, Japan, where she completed her master and doctorate studies. Her research and profession... view
Dr Tom Alves
Senior Lecturer, RMIT University
Dr Tom Alves is Senior Lecturer, Property at RMIT University. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Melbourne School of Design, where he is Project Coordinator for the Melbourne Housing Expo, a cross-institutional project funded by the Victorian Governme... view
Steven Liaros
Director, PolisPlan
Steven has written extensively on the future of cities, including on how they are being reshaped by distributed information and energy systems. As Director of PolisPlan he is co-creating a new model for village-scale, regenerative land development based on t... view
Nilmini De Silva
Director, PolisPlan
Nilmini De Silva has qualifications in civil engineering, local government management and project management. As Director of PolisPlan she is co-creating a new model for village-scale, regenerative land development based on the principles of the Circular Economy. Nilmini is al... view


Neale Walsh
Director, Customer Engagement – Government & Social Housing Solutions, Civica Pty Limited
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