Building the Future with Circular Solutions

Two hands holding an infinity symbol to demonstrate the circular economy

In August 2023 Regional Development Australia (RDA) Sydney and Penrith City Council collaborated to deliver a spotlight on industrial waste reduction in the building sector. The event explored the opportunities and challenges of meeting the needs of a growing population as we transition towards a circular economy. 

Event Program

View the Circular Solutions Event Toolkit here

Session One: 10am – 11:30am


 Topic  Speaker  Role   Organisation  Presentation
 Welcome   Cr Tricia Hitchen   Mayor   Penrith City Council   
 Emcee’s Introduction   Kylie Hargreaves   Chief Sustainability Officer & Deputy Chair 

 National Inter

modal Corpor

ation & RDA Sydney 

 The Circular Economy   Lisa McLean   CEO   Circular Australia  View Here
 Challenges and Opportunities for Businesses  Celia Tesoriero

Jos Ellison

Program Manager

Policy Officer

Sustainability Advantage, NSW Treasury

Office of Energy and Climate Change (OECC)

View Here
The Construction Sector in focus Lucy Sharman Director, Sustainability Western Parkland City Authority (WPCA) View Here
Circular Economy – Evidence-informed Policy Development Tom Alves Head of Development Australian Housing & Urban Research Institute (AHURI) View Here
Panel Discussion: Challenges and Opportunities for Industry

Tom Alves
Ella Mudie
Steve Mann
Lisa McLean

Head of Development
Engagement Lead

Green Building Council of Australia
Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW
Circular Australia


Session Two: 11:50am – 1:10pm

 Topic   Speaker   Role   Organisation  Presentation
 Case Study 1: saveBoard   Chris Collimore   Country Manager   saveBoard   
 Case Study 2: CRDC Global   Shane Ramsey   Operations Manager  Centre for Regenerative Design and Collaboration  View Here
 Case Study 3: Bingo Industries  Matt Hyatt

Rommel Varghese

Head of Sustainability

Head of Public Affairs

 Bingo Industries  View Here
Penrith City Council Circular Economy Roadmap   Belinda Atkins  Sustainability and Resilience Lead   Penrith City Council  View Here
Regional Precincts: Partnerships and Collaborations Azaria Dobson Director, Activation Precincts and Partnerships Department of Regional NSW View Here
Green Procurement Kathy Giunta Director, Circular Economy Programs NSW Environment Protection Authority View Here

Session Three: 1:45pm – 2:30pm

 Topic   Speaker   Role   Organisation  Presentation
 Coreo Success Story   Jaine Morris   Chief Operating Officer   Coreo   
 Australia’s First Circular Economy Accelerator Program   Caitlyn Touzell   Communications & Partnerships Manager   Boomerang Labs  View Here
 Event Recap   Kylie Hargreaves   Emcee   RDA Sydney   
Next Steps     Penrith City Council  


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