19 June 2018
The New South Wales event was held in Parramatta with over 95 attendees curious to learn more about the recent State Government announcements and what other local councils in Greater Sydney have been up to.
It was the fourth event in the national Green Light Tour and was held in Partnership with the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes (CAUL) hub, and with the support of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) and the Splash Network.
The day kicked off with updates from Fiona Morrison, the Commissioner for Open Space & Parklands and Rod Simpson, the Environment Commissioner for the Greater Sydney Commission. They both shared strong visions for the future greening of Greater Sydney and answered questions alongside Charles Casuscelli, CEO of WSROC on the morning panel.
Key topics presented on the day included; creating a shared vision within council, alternative approaches to incorporating urban greening, the role of the street in achieving canopy targets, incorporating trees intro streets while taking safety into account, monitoring urban heat and green cover in a changing climate, the role of collaboration in the urban greening sector and the future of species selection in a changing climate. The final presentation on the day was delivered by Leigh Staas on behalf of the Which Plant Where research group, a Green Cities co-funded project.
In response to these and points raised by the audience in the panel discussion, conversations on the day continued to circle around three key themes; the importance of community engagement, the increased pressure on streets to deliver a myriad of services and the continual need for more collaboration.
Thank you to the presenters on the day for sharing such engaging content and for facilitating great discussion!
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