Simon Gusah

Simon Gusah has been involved in International Development Planning for a number of years, working mostly in Africa for various Government and Non-Government Agencies on a number of development projects; planning markets, community development, small-scale infrastructure projects and the likes. Simon has also been doing a distance-study PhD in sustainable urbanisation with De Montfort University in Leicester, UK for the last year, with the intention to consolidate his initial training as an Architect with his interest in research and international/community development. Ever the glutton for academic punishment, Simon is now taking time out of his research to do a short course at RMIT to qualify as an Urban Planner.

Simon and his family moved to Point Cook in September 2011 and soon realised (after standing at the bus stop for half an hour) that everybody around here has a car and that the local buses were not to be relied upon for transport! All the same, it was clear that Point Cook was a town with great prospects; new infrastructure, solar panels on most of the houses, local schools and a great Town Centre – so he sold up in London and bought in to the Aussie-dream.

Simon has researched the area well and understands that according to demographic and population projections, Point Cook is about half the size it will be at its maximum development, which is somewhere about 60,000 people in the next 20 years or so. “Given the current congestion on the roads and poor public transport, that is a pretty daunting prospect and this is the time to seriously start thinking and acting towards ensuring Point Cook remains the attractive, liveable suburb it currently is. On the up-side, with Williams Landing station coming on stream in 2013 and four other stations in the immediate Werribee transport corridor in which Point Cook is located (Laverton, Aircraft, Hoppers Crossing and Werribee) – it really doesn’t take a rocket-scientist to see that what is missing is a good bus service and a walking/cycling network to provide a joined-up (integrated) public transport solution for the town. I hope that by being on the board of PCAG I can contribute my skills, time and passion for sustainable community towards Point Cook’s future development.”