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Jane Stanley


FOCUS Pty Ltd is a small planning consultancy which has a strong track record in producing creative results for its clients. Our work includes social, cultural and economic planning as well as town planning and business planning. This has been recognised by numerous awards.

Previously operating from a Queensland base with a team of staff, Director Jane Stanley now operates from a home office in rural Victoria as a sole operator.

Gnarly Planning

Jane wrote the planning textbook “Gnarly Planning” ten years ago, to much critical acclaim.

In Australia it won several awards from the Planning Institute of Australia, and overseas it was promoted by UN Habitat and the Commonwealth Association of Planners. Several universities used it as a core resource.

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How to build local economies (and stop relying on trickle down economics)

This handbook has been prepared with the support of the Eastern Regional Organisation for Planning and Human Settlements (EAROPH). It provides tools for implementing the New Urban Agenda in relation to localising economic development.

A number of case studies from different parts of the world are examined to show how even the most disadvantaged communities have resources that can be mobilised for sustainable economic benefit, and how the focus needs to be on building the whole economy rather than assisting individual enterprises. The handbook was launched in February 2018 at the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur.

Freely available as an e-book. Download here

Waste and Resource Recovery

Jane is currently working with the dairy industry in south-west Victoria, and is also a Director on the regional Waste and Resource Recovery Board.

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