Stephen Farrell

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Keynote Presentation:
Presentation Title:  Mind the Gap – The Other side of Melbourne’s Growth

Stephen Farrell, Director – Spatial Vision


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3 Things You Will Learn

  1. Ways in which 3D visualisation can be used to better understand patterns and variation in complex spatial and temporal data.
  2. How the use of summary information based on detailed data can significantly streamline the decision making process.
  3. Urban planners and service providers will better understand Melbourne’s dwelling growth and possible gaps in service parameters. 

Target Audience

Decision makers who need to have complex data presented in a clear and synthesized format. Strategic planners involved in service provision across Greater Melbourne. Those who support decision makers through the presentation of complex spatial and temporal data.

Presentation Overview

Is the delivery of key local services keeping up with Melbourne’s population growth? The past decade has seen huge growth in Melbourne’s population and the number of dwellings required to accommodate this growth.  While the population growth and growth in dwelling numbers is reasonably well documented in broad terms, how well do we understand the local changes and impacts of such change?

Spatial analysis and visualisation tools are increasingly being used to identify and better understand both the spatial and temporal magnitude of changes in our cities, including metrics on service provision, that are in term being used as key indicators of how an area rates in terms of liveability. This work presents an innovative visualisation approach to assessing Melbourne’s population and dwelling growth at the local level over the past 10 years.  It identifies hot spots in population growth and gaps in local service provision including public transport, open space, and schools that are not keeping pace with growth. Importantly it demonstrates these gaps using visualisation techniques designed to capture the attention of decision makers.


Stephen has developed and applied spatial technology to support better natural resource management for over 25 years.  Stephen’s extensive experience includes leading nationally significant projects such as scenario modelling for Melbourne Peri-urban region, delineation of old-growth forests, and assessing the consequences of possible environmental, social and economic asset loss due to wildfire. Stephan has a forestry and community development background.

One of Stephen’s first GIS projects involved application of this technology in the Otway Forest Management Plan in the late 1980s, where it was used to evaluate sustainable timber and associated water yields. Most recently, Stephen led a project to develop and apply an impact and vulnerability assessment process that identified the likely impacts of Climate Change on Victoria’s national assets and environment.  This project won the 2014 Victorian Environment and Sustainability Award for Spatial Excellence.