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Active Leadership for Active Transport: Live Event


Join our live Q&A event to discuss how to lead change at local and state levels and create more connected cities and neighbourhoods that prioritise walking and cycling.

Sydney was not known as a bike-friendly city 10-15 years ago with infrastructure and policy decisions ‘actively’ discouraging cycling. Today, Sydneysiders benefit from leading active transport planning and delivery. What changed? Hear from Sara Stace, Director of Cities at WSP, as she unpacks the policy and infrastructure initiatives that drove that change; Kiersten Fishburn, Deputy Secretary, Cities and Active Transport (NSW) will share how the Active Transport portfolio is working to better integrate cities, neighbourhoods and transport; and Councillor Rohan Leppert, City of Melbourne, a relentless advocate for safe cycling infrastructure will share his insights on the role for strong leadership in driving positive change.

This event will be moderated by Jeremy Gill, Principal & Partner at SGS Economics and Planning.




Kiersten Fishburn is the Deputy Secretary, Cities & Active Transport at Transport for NSW. This new Division is focused on ensuring our cities and neighbourhoods are integrated with transport, making our places, streets and open spaces functional, beautiful, inclusive and inviting for all to enjoy. She brings a fresh energy to the role with ambitions to help our cities reach their full potential. Prior to joining Transport, Kiersten led the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) as Secretary after almost two years as head of the Planning Delivery Unit (PDU). She has held leadership roles with Liverpool City Council City of Sydney, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Accessible Arts.

Councillor Rohan Leppert was elected to Melbourne City Council in 2012, 2016 and 2020. He currently serves as the Metropolitan Deputy President of the Municipal Association of Victoria. Rohan has worked as a musician and teacher, and more recently has retrained as an urban planner. His passion as councillor is planning Melbourne in the public interest, with a focus on sustainable building, open space and active transport planning. He has been a relentless advocate for safe cycling infrastructure throughout inner Melbourne. Rohan holds the Environment and Heritage portfolios on Council, and serves as Deputy Portfolio holder for Planning and Sustainable Building.

Sara Stace is a city shaper with a multi-disciplinary approach to urban and transport policy. She has twenty five years’ experience including executive roles in national, state and local governments as well as the finance, property and construction sectors. Her mantra is to raise the profile and success of urban, place and sustainable transport strategies. She sits on national government and international advisory boards on urban design and mobility outcomes including Future of Place with the Smart Cities Council, and the World Cycling Alliance.

Jeremy Gill is a Principal and Partner at SGS Economics and Planning and an experienced public policy consultant with Australian and international experience. Jeremy’s expertise lies in the intersection of economic development, strategic planning and policy development, where he has collaborated extensively with both state and local government agencies on a range of projects. Jeremy is a leading thinker in industrial and employment lands strategies, having advised The Greater Sydney Commission, NSW Department of Planning and Environment and NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet on the issue, as well as many metropolitan and regional councils. Jeremy has a background in landscape architecture which enables him to understand the spatial and design implications of policy. Jeremy is an accomplished project director, delivering a range of complex projects across metropolitan and regional Australia, with a particular focus on long term precinct strategies, employment studies and economic development. Jeremy recently led a multi-disciplinary consortia to deliver the Sydney Olympic Park Place vision and Strategy.