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Join us at our free ‘Living Maroondah: a future for our plants, animals and us’ symposium to explore how we can protect and manage vegetation into the future.
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Join us at our free ‘Living Maroondah: a future for our plants, animals and us’ symposium to explore how we can protect and manage vegetation into the future.

This symposium, part of our Vegetation Review, is your chance to learn more and have your say on our review of Maroondah’s vegetation, its values, and what is needed to ensure its benefits can be enjoyed by future generations.

We know that a green, leafy Maroondah is what our residents want for the future. Our leafy green neighbourhoods, parks and open spaces are valued by those who live, work and visit our municipality.

Guest speakers

  • Bruce Pascoe
    Bunurong man, author of Dark Emu, a teacher, farmer, fisher and aboriginal language researcher and Director of Commonwealth Australian Studies project, with precious knowledge of aboriginal use and management of vegetation prior to European Settlement
  • Professor Sarah Bekessy
    Sarah leads the Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Research Group. She is Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow at RMIT’s School of Global, Urban and Social Studies and a researcher in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions and in two National Environmental Science Program hubs (Threatened Species and Clean Air and Urban Landscapes).
  • Dr Graeme Lorimer 
    2018 Maroondah Citizen of the Year, honoured for 30 years of volunteer service including outstanding contributions to local botany and ecology. Dr Lorimer is also guardian of the critically endangered Kilsyth South Spider-Orchid (Caladenia sp. aff. venusta (Kilsyth South)) – possibly the rarest plant species on earth, and is President of the Indigenous Flora and Fauna Society.

The event will be moderated by John Senior, member of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas. John is the leader of its Healthy Parks Healthy People Taskforce (2012-2016) and a member of its Cities & Protected Areas Specialist Group, as well as a Board Member/Director of World Urban Parks.

Together, our speakers will outline the many benefits that Maroondah's vegetation provides, and the possibilities that lay ahead in providing a healthy future for our plants, animals and us.

Find out more about our Vegetation Review or book your spot

Date and Time

  • Saturday, 16 February 2019 - 10.30AM to 3.30PM
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