Growing Together Tour

In partnership with the Centre of Smart Green Cities, and with the support of Local Government NSW, and the Green Building Council of Australia, the 202020 Vision team is delighted to invite you to attend our 2019 Growing Together Tour, the fourth NSW event in the series of 202020 Vision Urban Greening Tours.

This year's tour is all about engaging your community and building support for green space projects, a key theme that emerged following the discussions at the 2018 Green Light tour.

In the words of one developer, "if you don't get the community on board, you're in for a long, drawn-out process!"

The tour will present brand-new community research commissioned by Hort Innovation about community perceptions around green space, and will also provide practical support for both councils and developers wanting to bring the community along on their green space journeys.

9-10.30am - Session One; 

Presentation of new research about community engagement and language surrounding the green space 'narrative by Ben Peacock from 202020 Vision.

Followed by a panel discussion among:

Jane Fitzgerald, Executive Director of the Property Council NSW

Jake Saulwick, City Editor at the Sydney Morning Herald

Alex O'Mara, Deputy Secretary of Place Design & Public Spaces at the NSW Department of Planning

Rod Simpson, Environment Commissioner at the Greater Sydney Commission.

11.20 - 1pm - Session Two:

Clarence Slockee & Christian Hampson, Directors of Yerrabingin - how to get an indigenous garden on a rooftop.

Gail Hall, Coordinator of Green Infrastructure, City of Melbourne - Green Your Laneway & Green Our City Strategic Action Plan.

Andrea Myles, Director of China-Australia Millennial Project. Andrea will talk about things that non-Chinese people should be aware of when engaging with Chinese-Australian Communities.

Andrew Hewson, Acting Sustainability Coordinator of Penrith Council. Andrew will talk about what he has learned through the St Mary's Street Tree program about working with people who live in places that get really hot and that have not had street trees for many years.

Bec Dawson, Chief Resilience Office at RC100 Sydney (TBC) - how do you have conversations and engage very different communities across Metropolitan Sydney on reslience and how doe sthis contribute to the Green Space narrative?

Followed by Audience Q&A. 

1pm - lunch.

1.40-3pm - Session Three: 

Theory meets practice.

During this session you will be among the first to hear from and ask questions of researchers working across a broad range of green infrastructure-shaping projects.

Currently, this includes lead researchers from the highly anticipated Which Plant Where? Project. 

Dr Kathleen Beyer from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment will present new measurement tools for urban heat and tree canopy cover for metropolitan Sydney.

Growing Together Tour
Event Date and Time:

Starts: Thursday, 8 August 2019 8:30 AM

Ends: Thursday, 8 August 2019 3:30 PM


The Marquee 18 Eastern Road Macquarie University North Ryde, NSW


Contact Leigh Staas, Project Manager

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