Planning for Change 2018 - Event Information

Friday July 27, 2018 | The Sydney Boulevard Hotel

UPDATE [21.6.18]: The program Planning for Change 2018 has been reduced to one day and occur on Friday July 27 only. 

The information below has been prepared for Planning for Change 2018 (P4C2018) participants. Please review and feel free to contact the Policy & Advocacy team if you have any questions or concerns.

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> About Planning for Change 2018
> Maximising your experience
> Venue
> Event times & Program
> Getting to the venue
> Accommodation
> Travel & accommodation guidelines
> Meal arrangements
> What to bring
> Contact details


About Planning for Change 2018

UPDATE: Registrations have now closed. Successful applicants will be advised by the end of May 

Planning for Change 2018 (P4C2018) is a one day event that will officially launch our Saving Life 2019 pre-election campaign. It will bring together around 120 CanAct members and Cancer Council staff from across NSW to plan and then take a lead in delivering the campaign in local communities.

As we head towards the state election next March we’re looking for passionate community members to join our CanAct community and campaign with us to ensure the next NSW Government protects the community from tobacco, enhances support for people with lymphoedema, and takes action on childhood obesity by protecting kids from junk food marketing.

And it all starts at Planning for Change, where you will:

  • Learn about the 3 topics that will feature in our Saving Life 2019 campaign.
  • Develop your leadership skills and relationships with other CanAct leaders.
  • Understand the campaign purpose, strategy, tactics and resources.
  • Work with others to identify opportunities and develop a local campaign plan.
  • Identify your role in implementing the campaign.

Being part of the one day Planning for Change event requires a commitment to join other volunteers from your local community to plan and roll out Saving Life 2019 between July 2018 and the NSW election in March 2019. This could include organising events, meeting with local MPs, collecting signatures from local supporters, securing local media coverage and promoting the campaign through social media. 

This experience will be both exciting and rewarding! You’ll be part of a group of similarly committed people from across NSW who’ll come together to help ensure the next NSW Government takes action towards a cancer free future.

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Maximising your experience

  1. Ensure you thoroughly read all event-related information sent by email and action any tasks by the dates provided.
  2. Ensure accommodation and/or travel bookings are made by the required dates (refer to the Travel & Accommodation guidelines).
  3. Consider making local connections prior to the event. If you don’t know anyone else going, contact the Policy & Advocacy team and we can make an introduction.
  4. Ensure you complete the pre-reading activities provided prior to the event.
  5. Feel free to contact the Policy & Advocacy team with any questions or concerns you have. If you are not sure about something, just ask.

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The Sydney Boulevard Hotel
90 William St, Sydney NSW 2011
Phone: 02 9383 7222

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Event times & program

We respect your time and personal commitments and we intend to begin and finish on time. We ask that you please be prompt and arrive on time both days to ensure that we do not run over time.

Participants at P4C2018 will leave with a good understanding of the Saving Life 2019 campaign strategy and tactics, a local plan of action, and ideas on how to make it all happen in your local area. Pre-reading will be sent via email once participants have been confirmed.

CLICK HERE to view the full program.

Friday 27 July


8.00am for 8.15am – 9.15am

MP Liaison networking breakfast (by invitation only - you must be a current MP Liaison volunteer to attend)

8.45am – 9.30am

Registration (includes tea & coffee on arrival)

9.30am – 5.00pm


5.00pm – 7.00pm

Evening function with entertainment, canapés and spectacular views of Sydney’s skyline

*Times are subject to change

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Getting to the venue

Public Transport

For most participants, the quickest and most economical way of getting to the venue will be by train. Kings Cross, St James, Museum and Town Hall stations are all within walking distance of The Sydney Boulevard Hotel:

From Kings Cross station – (8 mins) take the Victoria St exit and walk towards William St, then head down William St (towards the city).
From Museum station – (12 mins), take the Liverpool St exit, walk through Hyde Park to William St then head down William St – away from the city).
From St James station – (12 mins), take the Elizabeth St exit, walk through Hyde Park to William St then head down William St – away from the city).
Town Hall station – (12 mins) take the George St exit and walk north towards Park St, walk down Park St which eventually becomes William St at the College St intersection).

Sydney Bus routes 200, 324, 325 (between the city and the Eastern Suburbs) all stop outside the hotel.

For up to date transport information, we recommend you plan your trip using the Transport Planner website and/or Google Maps


Secure undercover parking is located beneath The Sydney Boulevard Hotel, with direct elevator access. Parking entrance is via Robinson Street at the back of the hotel. As the venue is within walking distance of public transport, it is preferred that participants utilise this where possible to minimise our event costs. However, if you need to drive due to medical reasons or otherwise, we are able to cover the cost of parking at The Sydney Boulevard Hotel. Parking costs incurred at other parking venues will not be reimbursed. Because start and finish times of the event are around peak hour, we suggest you factor extra time into your journey to ensure you arrive on time.

IMPORTANT! It is a requirement that you contact the Policy & Advocacy team to reserve a space prior to arrival at the event.

Please refer to the Travel & Accommodation guidelines for more detailed information.

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Accommodation will be offered to participants who reside more than 1 hours’ travel time from the venue. However, if you able to stay with family or friends we encourage you to do so, in order to minimise our event costs. For more detailed information about accommodation for the event, please refer to the Travel & Accommodation guidelines.

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Meal arrangements

There will be tea/coffee on arrival (during registration), followed by morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea breaks. Canapés will be provided during the evening function which will go from 5-7pm (a bar will be available if you wish to purchase alcoholic drinks). Note, continuous tea and coffee (outside of break times) will not be available). 

For participants staying at the venue or away from home (i.e. with family or a friend) during the event, you are free to make your own dinner arrangements. If you would like assistance to cover costs we can help you with a reimbursement of up to $50.00 per meal/day (excluding alcohol which we cannot reimburse you for). 

The Vard restaurant is located onsite at the Sydney Boulevard Hotel and is open 7am – 10pm Monday to Friday for coffee and dinner. There are also a number of restaurants, bars and cafes located close by the venue in Darlinghurst and the city CBD. We encourage you to consider your dinner plans with fellow participants prior to the event in order to maximise your networking and social time.

For more detailed information about meal reimbursements for the event, please refer to the Travel & Accommodation guidelines.


  • Please ensure that you advise the Policy & Advocacy team if you have dietary requirements by no later than 30 June.
  • In order to minimise costs to CCNSW, continuous tea and coffee will not be provided throughout the event and only available during break times. The Vard restaurant is located at the entrance to the Sydney Boulevard Hotel where you can purchase tea and barista coffee. There are also a number of cafes located close to the venue.

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What to bring

We suggest you bring a light jacket or jumper for the conference room as sometimes it can get a little chilly! You will be provided with a pen and small notepad (feel free to bring along a more substantial notebook if required) along with some handouts if relevant to the session content. Please BYO bag to carry these items.

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Cancer Council NSW contact details

If you have any queries, feel free to contact the Policy & Advocacy team.

Logistics (travel, accommodation, venue)

Katie Sheehan: 02 9334 1406
Peta Dunn: 02 9334 1714


Marion Carroll: 02 9334 1859
Carolyn Grenville: 02 9334 1855


On pre-event and event days (26, 27 & 28 July)

Katie Sheehan: 0412 675 672
Peta Dunn: 0434 004 310

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