About Us

We believe that the time has come for a new conversation about development. A conversation supported by a suite of digital products throughout the life of a project.

We believe that good development should be celebrated, not feared, and that an open, transparent dialogue between the development sector and the community will lead to better places for our future.

Creating great urban spaces through inclusive, engaging, and robust conversations.

As experienced planners, we know that engagement greatly enhances design and development outcomes. We also know that communities bring to the engagement a unique understanding about their localities, and this information is invaluable. Unfortunately, we are now seeing gaps starting to emerge in the relationship between the development sector and the community in general.

It is time for a fresh approach, so that we can get back to having inclusive, engaging and transparent conversations about new developments and planning policy. Conversations that are constructive, not adversarial.

Our Values

Our core pillars guide us and inform our every decision. They make UrbanTalk what it is and give you an insight into our core beliefs.

Intelligently
Easy

Our products make difficult topics simple, without losing meaning or detail. Our goal is to make the conversation about urban development accessible and inclusive for everyone.

Uncompromisingly
Balanced

We promise to be a middle ground. We’re not choosing sides or promoting projects. Instead, we provide a platform where facts can be shared, ideas harnessed, and improvements discussed.

Engaging
Energy

Everyone and every project has a space with UrbanTalk. We invite the community to be a part of a positive, inclusive, engaging conversation.

Future
Focused

Our eyes are set on the future and the excitement it brings. We embrace new technology and exist to create better cities, built out of better conversations.

Who UrbanTalk
is for

UrbanTalk is where members of the development sector can explain their projects and reach out to the community for their ideas and comments.

It is where local communities can find information about new developments and join the conversation.

UrbanTalk bridges the gap between the development sector and local communities. It provides the development sector with a web platform for project listings supported by a suite of digital products that explain new developments and engage with local communities.

How UrbanTalk
is different

UrbanTalk was shaped and created from three decades of planning and community engagement experience. We have extensive first-hand insight into the community engagement process.

How you benefit

UrbanTalk gives the development sector the power to engage the whole community, stop development shock, prevent approval delays and reduce costs, using digital engagement tools to communicate clearly and with longevity to break down the climate of mistrust.

UrbanTalk invites the community to join the development conversation, providing clear, unbiased and easy-to-access information and an authentic channel for community views and concerns to support the design of projects in your neighbourhood.

Meet the leaders inspiring change

UrbanTalk is made up of passionate individuals who believe in development but could see that engagement wasn’t working, losing its integration with the design process. With only one moment in time to express, their views, often after design is finalised, communities were frustrated.
Leading change are our Managing Director, Belinda Barnett and Creative Producer, Cooper Lindsay.

Belinda Barnett

BTP (HONS),CERT MKG (UTS) MPIA

Founder and Managing Director

After three decades of development sector leadership, Belinda Barnett knew that something had to change.

As CEO of Urban Concepts, Belinda’s planning expertise and communications skills had been supporting a formidable list of clients, including government and globally-recognised private sector companies.

A leader in the planning communications industry, Belinda could see that traditional community engagement wasn’t working as well as it used to. She also saw that the development sector in general was not benefiting from digital multi-media technology as she knew it could.

Belinda believes that good development should be celebrated and not feared, but could see a gap emerging between the development sector and the community.

It was time to reframe how we engage, it was time to bring engagement into the digital age, to make it more readily accessible and appealing to younger age groups who look to videos and podcasts for their online experience. It was time for UrbanTalk.

See Belinda’s Curriculum Vitae.

Cooper Lindsay

Creative Producer

After completing a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney, Cooper Lindsay pivoted to content creation and completed a Bachelor of Film at SAE. Cooper has spent the past three years creating engaging content in a variety of formats including short films, music videos and promotional content.

Now the holder of a Remote Pilot Licence, Cooper is both the Creative Producer and Chief Remote Pilot at Urban Concepts, bringing community engagement into the digital world through video, drone imagery and podcasts.

Our Care Project

UrbanTalk has selected Orange Sky as our Care Project. Orange Sky is a non-profit organisation providing free mobile laundry and shower services to people experiencing homelessness. Orange Sky was founded in a Brisbane garage by two 20-year-old mates, Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett. In late 2014, the boys built the first laundry van, Sudsy, installing a couple of washing machines and dryers in the back of their old van.

We love that community connection and conversation is at the heart of Orange Sky. It resonates with us because having meaningful conversations is also at the heart of UrbanTalk.

We will show our support to Orange Sky by volunteering our time at Orange Sky Laundry Vans and through our donations. $24 helps provide a load of laundry for someone doing it tough. We will donate $50 for every UrbanTalk Product Tour undertaken (that’s 2 loads of laundry) and $100 from every UrbanTalk sale (that’s 4 loads of laundry).

We are excited that by helping local communities to understand new development and planning projects that we can also support, those doing it tough.

Together we can
create better
urban spaces.