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Melbourne’s Urban Forest: Art & Design Competition

Posted in Seeking, Visions by Kate Archdeacon on September 13th, 2011

Photo: “Bees & Mushrooms” by Dale Gillard via flickr CC

Melbourne’s Urban Forest Art and Design Competition

The City of Melbourne is holding an Art and Design Competition to celebrate the UN International Year of Forests and to raise awareness in the community about the importance of our Urban Forest. Winning entries will receive a prize and will be displayed at various high profile public locations across the City of Melbourne in the months of November and December. Learn more about our Urban Forest in the fact sheet.

We are seeking powerful visual statements about Melbourne’s Urban Forest. We’d like you to visually explore either of the following themes:

  • why trees are important to you
  • your vision for Melbourne’s future urban forest

We encourage everyone to think about our trees as they will not only benefit us, but the next generations of Melburnians to come. Trees play a key role in every person’s daily life, whether they know it or not. That’s why everyone should have a say in how our future Urban Forest should evolve.  The competition is open to several age categories, including Open (over 18), Secondary School, Primary School, and Under 5s.

The competition closes at 5.00 pm on Friday 14 October 2011.

Avaaz Campaign: Trees not Tricks

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on December 7th, 2010

Right now, international climate negotiations in Mexico are heating up — but powerful timber companies are lobbying Australia for special favours which would undermine the talks. Climate Minister Combet is already at the climate summit, and we have just days left to shift his position — let’s call on him to oppose loopholes for loggers!

Forests are a key line of defence against climate change, because trees absorb global warming pollution. Limiting the destruction of forests is a keystone of any climate treaty. But logging companies are seeking to duck their climate obligations, lobbying the government for a massive exemption from accounting for the environmental costs of commercial tree-cutting.

It’s not too late to stop this sham. Let’s send a resounding message from Australian citizens to safeguard our forests and climate, not sell them out to big industry. Send your urgent message to Minister Combet — it will be sent to him directly and delivered at the talks in Cancun before they end on Friday.

Go to the website to get involved

The Real Forest Debate

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on November 20th, 2010

24 November , 2010
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

Source: Victorian Climate Action Calendar

Image: DSE Victoria via flickr CC

Come and hear your political leaders present their parties’ policies on the future of native forest logging in Victoria.  To incite healthy debate, politicians will be joined on the panel by forest campaigner Luke Chamberlain and Conservation Lawyer Vanessa Bleyer.


• Hon Gavin Jennings, Labor Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Innovation,
• Peter Walsh, Coalition Shadow Minister for Agriculture,
• Brian Walters, Greens state candidate for Melbourne;
• Luke Chamberlain, The Wilderness Society’s Forest Campaigner and;
• Vanessa Bleyer, Conservation Lawyer.

Facilitated by Brendan Sydes of the Environment Defender’s Office.

24 Nov 6pm
RMIT University, City Campus, 340 Swanston St Melbourne (Building 8, Level 10, Room 22) All welcome
Gold coin donation

Info: Pia Perversi-Burchall, 0412 739 201 or

Wilderness Society at Melbourne Sustainability Drinks

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on October 27th, 2010

3 November , 2010
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

Luke Chamberlain is The Wilderness Society’s Victorian Forest Campaigner. Luke’s role is to educate the public about the role that forest and ecosystems play in the international carbon cycle and to advocate for the protection of these critical natural systems. Luke works at all levels of government to advocate for the correct accounting of forest ecosystems in Australia’s national carbon accounts.

The Wilderness Society is a national, community-based, environmental advocacy organisation whose purpose is to protect, promote and restore wilderness and natural processes across Australia for the survival and ongoing evolution.

Luke will talk about the value of nature in economic terms, and the opportunities that we have in Victoria to reframe our view of nature rather than as something to exploit or own. He will provide international examples of where this is occurring, and how the overall benefit is much greater than the economic benefit of exploitation.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday the 3rd November from 6 – 8pm.

Melbourne Sustainability Drinks is held at Feddish, in Federation Square. In order to fit in with many of your transport plans, we have been fortunate enough to secure a venue at Federation Square, merely meters away from Melbourne Sustainability Drinks previous home.  Please note that it is essential to RSVP every month. Due to the ever increasing popularity of the event, it may not be possible to accommodate people who do not RSVP.  (

This is not a sponsored event; i.e. you buy your own drinks, as we choose to come together in the spirit of a shared interest.

Living with forests: Panel Discussion

Posted in Events by land-environment on September 23rd, 2010

29 September , 2010
5:30 pmto6:30 pm

Image: dbaron via flickr CC

World leading experts discuss impacts of climate change, biodiversity, fire, and industry,  exploring the intricacies of human dependence on forests.


  • Professor Tim Flannery on ‘Climate change and the impacts of changing forests on humans’
  • Dr William Jackson, Deputy Director General, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on ‘The importance of species and diversity and the impact of changes to humans’
  • Dr Kevin Tolhurst, Melbourne School of Land and Environment on ‘Living with forests and bushfires’
  • Veronica Tyquin, Conservation Planner, Forestry Tasmania – ‘Industry perspective’
Wednesday 29 September, 5.30-6.30pm

Carillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre (Building 158), University of Melbourne, Parkville

For more information and to register, visit: