Former PM Malcolm Fraser a key speaker at planning conference in Warrnambool

FORMER prime minister Malcolm Fraser will be the keynote speaker in Warrnambool tomorrow at the state planning conference.

The two-day seminar, which will be opened by state planning minister Matthew Guy this morning, will cover a range of development and environment matters.

Mr Guy will kick off proceedings tomorrow morning before Australia Institute executive director Richard Denniss speaks about his think tank’s research into the nation’s future planning opportunities.

Committee for Sydney chief executive Tim Williams, heritage advisor Alice Gorman and veteran architect Daryl Jackson will also be keynote speakers at the seminar, which will be hosted at the Lighthouse Theatre and Lady Bay Resort.

Dr Williams will join Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority chief Stephen Timms, who dealt with the logistical problems following the Christchurch quake three years ago.

This afternoon’s session will be focused on young planners and professionals while a networking dinner will be hosted at the Lady Bay Resort this evening.

Mr Jackson will speak about his five decades in architecture alongside some of the state’s top planning officials tomorrow morning prior to Mr Fraser’s main address.

Mr Fraser, who was prime minister from 1975 to 1983, also served as south-west Victoria’s federal representative for nearly three decades from 1955. It is the first formal speech by Mr Fraser in the region for more than a decade.

Meanwhile, a gala dinner will be held at the Lighthouse Theatre tomorrow evening to officially conclude the seminar.

The dinner will have a nautical theme and will include the presentation of the Paul Jerome Award, which is given in recognition of outstanding planning administration.

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