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Urban Development Institute of Australia Honours The Late Alan Hunt



Alan Hunt, a former Minister in the Hamer Government and regarded by many as the architect of much of Melbourne's strategic planning, including the introduction of the Green Wedge strategy, is to be honoured by the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA).

The late Alan Hunt 

Tony De Domenico, Executive Director of the UDIA Victoria has announced the introduction of the 'Alan Hunt Oration' to be given each year as part of the UDIA Victoria program and follows the passing of Alan Hunt last year.

The inaugural Alan Hunt Oration will be delivered by The Hon. Greg Hunt MP, the Federal Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, on Friday 7 March 2014. The Hon. Greg Hunt is Alan Hunt's son. The Hon. Greg Hunt MP

Mr. De Domenico said, "The Alan Hunt Annual Oration is aimed at promoting the importance of government, industry and the community to discuss and consider the thirty year outlook for planning and development in the future.

"Alan Hunt made an outstanding contribution to planning in Victoria with issues defining the broad long term future of areas such as the Dandenongs, the Yarra Valley and the Mornington Peninsula.

"The introduction of the Alan Hunt Annual Oration comes at a time when planning needs a long term outlook to cope with the refurbishment of Melbourne suburbs, and the development of greenfield projects and regional cities to cope with Victoria's and Australia's growing population," Mr. De Domenico said.

The Hon Alan Hunt AM, MLC South Eastern 15th July 1961 to 2nd October 1992

Minister without Portfolio Mar-Apr 1971, Minister for Local Government Apr 1971-May 1979, Minister for Planning May 1973-Mar 1976, Aug 1978-May 1979, Attorney-General Mar-May 1976, Minister for Fed. Affairs Mar 1976-Aug 1978, Minister of Education May 1979-Apr 1982.

Honorary Fellow, Australian Institute of Urban Studies, Victorian Planning & Environmental Law Assoc and Royal Australian Planning Institute. Honorary member, Local Government Professionals Assoc. and Institute of Municipal Management.

Twice recipient of Town & Country Planning Assoc. annual award "for notable contribution to planning" and once recipient of similar award from Victorian Planning and once recipient of similar award from Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Assoc.

Alan Hunt was also a recipient of a UDIA Distinguished Service Award.

A transcript of the Alan Hunt Oration will be made available following the event.

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