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Ben Kent

Associate - Place

Ben brings a unique mix of adept project management and organisational skills, engaging facilitation and creative, out-of-the-box thinking to any project, no matter the size, scale or scope – main streets, urban regeneration projects, shopping centres, tourism precincts, regional towns and new communities.

He works at the nexus of place visioning and activation, stakeholder and community engagement, capacity building and social marketing to deliver visionary yet robust and actionable place strategies.

Ben is element’s leading light in stakeholder and community-led placemaking, living and breathing it at both work and his spare time as Vice Chair for local town team, Inglewood on Beaufort.

His experience in developing and delivering people-focussed initiatives stems from his background at the Department of Planning and Department of Transport where he specialised in urban regeneration projects and travel behaviour change, picking up various accolades for his work and work ethic along the way.

Moving forward, Ben sees that residents and businesses will become even more involved in how their local places are shaped, and it will be essential for government and developers to co-create visions alongside community if they are to be accepted, championed and, in turn, successful.

Portfolio
Engagement, Place Visioning and Strategy Development
  • Preston Street Revival Place Blueprint
  • Alkimos Central Place Framework
  • Burswood Station East Place Making Strategy
  • Canning Beach (Applecross) Promenade Place Strategy
  • Connect Joondalup Place Blueprint
  • Economic Transformation of Kal City Centre
  • 50 Melville Parade (South Perth) Place Management Report
  • Iconic Scarborough Place Strategy
  • Beaumaris Beach Place Blueprint
  • Perth Water Precinct Plan - Research, Engagement, Vision and Strategy Development
  • City of Joondalup Cultural Plan - Stakeholder engagement, context analysis and trends research, strategic directions development
  • Broome Chinatown Place Management Plan - Stakeholder engagement, research, gap analysis and strategy development
Community Development and Capacity Building
  • Alkimos Central Community Development Plan - Stakeholder engagement, Visioning and Framework development
  • Canning Bridge Place Planning, Applecross/Mount Pleasant - Place Measurement and Visioning, Community development planning
  • Liv Apartments, Port Coogee, Queens Riverside, Vista, Whitby
  • Vice Chair ‘Inglewood on Beaufort’ Town Team
  • Power of Place Making training (City of Joondalup, Melville)
  • Town Teams – various (2017-2020), Strategic Action Plans, Northbridge, Doubleview, Mount Lawley, Inglewood
  • Your Move Central, Channel 9 - Digital Service Platform Wanneroo and Cockburn projects
Tourism
  • Pickering Brook and Surrounds Tourism Product Gap Analysis - Stakeholder engagement, research, gap analysis and strategy development
  • Perth Hills Armadale Tourism Development Strategy - Stakeholder engagement, research, gap analysis and strategy development