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Return to Royal Park: Community Consultation

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on August 31st, 2012

The City of Melbourne and the Department of Health are working together on Return to Royal Park, a project to reinstate parkland on the site of the former Royal Children’s Hospital, on the corner of Gatehouse Street and Flemington Road, Parkville.

The first phase of community consultation was held over a six week period in March and April 2012. During this phase the community told us their ideas and vision for the reinstated parkland. This information was summarised in the Community Consultation Feedback Report and was used to inform the Return to Royal Park Ideas Plan.

We are now inviting your feedback on the Return to Royal Park Ideas Plan during a second phase of community consultation. The second phase of consultation will start on the 15 August 2012 and will run for four weeks, finishing on the 12 September 2012.

A design for this parkland is expected to be complete in 2013 and the parkland reinstated by the end of 2014.

>>Go to the website for more information.

Healthy Parks = Healthy People? A Melbourne Conversation

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on April 13th, 2010

Source: Climate Action Calendar

Image: reggestraat via flickr CC

Healthy Parks = Healthy People? Nature & the outdoor life. Conversations about parks, play, children, access to nature, wellbeing and the great outdoors.

Richard Louv identified a phenomenon: nature-deficit disorder. His book Last Child in the Woods has galvanized an international movement around the disconnection between children and nature. Steve Coleman leads Washinton DC’s 16-year-old alliance of public/private parks partnerships, which manages restoration, stewardship, and programming of their parks across the city. Mardie Townsend is involved, in collaboration with Parks Victoria and other partner organisations, in investigating the benefits of contact with nature for human health and wellbeing.


Associate Professor Mardie Townsend, School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University;

Steve Coleman Executive Director, Washington Parks and People, USA;

Richard Louv Journalist, Author and chairman and co-founder of the Children & Nature Network, USA.


Natasha Mitchell – Journalist and Presenter, ABC Radio National – All in the Mind.

Tue 13 Apr
6pm to 7.30pm, entry from 5.30pm
BMW Edge, Federation Square
All welcome,  No bookings required, Free entry

Healthy Parks Healthy People Congress

Posted in Events by lridley on March 2nd, 2010

Image: Introducing Healthy Parks Healthy People Part 1

The Healthy Parks Healthy People Congress is a world-first event coordinated by Parks Victoria to explore how nature significantly contributes to our wellbeing and broader societal benefits. It is expected to attract over 1000 delegates from Australia and over 28 countries represented from around the world.  Participants will come from many different sectors including urban planning, community development, physical and mental health, tourism, education, recreation, ecology and park management (urban and protected area) industrial and technological.  This diversity of perspectives will allow delegates to understand the benefits of nature through the eyes of many.

Over the course of the Congress delegates will engage in a memorable way with different models of engagement including; inspirational speakers in plenary sessions, field tours to key locations across Melbourne, outdoor sessions and practical workshops and discussions.

Keynote Speakers include:

  • Professor Tim Flannery (Aus) Environmental activist and author of ‘Weather Makers’.
  • Richard Louv (USA) author of ‘Saving our children from nature deficit disorder’,
  • Guillermo Penalosa (Canada) Executive Director Walk and Bike for Life Canada
  • Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka (Uganda) CEO Conservation Through Public Health

and many more…………….

Why attend the Congress?

  • If you work in physical or mental health, planning, tourism, community development, education, conservation, climate change, government, policy development or park management you can’t afford not to be a part of this innovative event.
  • Learn more about emerging research demonstrating the integral ties between nature and human health and well being.
  • Gain practical insight from evidence based case studies.
  • Be inspired by innovative and non-pharmaceutical tactics to improve health outcomes for individuals and communities.
  • Gain a truly international perspective, with presenters from 27 countries.
  • Gather intelligence and build networks within and across your sector.
  • Participate in setting the agenda for this important movement.
Melbourne Convention Centre, Melbourne Victoria
11 – 16 April 2010

For more information, a full program and registration details please visit the website.

Call for Proposals: Healthy Parks Healthy People Congress

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on June 19th, 2009

Sourced from Healthy Parks Healthy People, the website for the inaugural 2010 HPHP Congress.

The Call for Proposals for the first International Healthy Parks Healthy People Congress is NOW OPEN and will remain open until June 22nd 2009.


With the increasing recognition of the value of nature to human health and wellbeing worldwide, Parks Victoria will host the inaugural International Healthy Parks Healthy People Congress at the new Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 11-16 April 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

Associate Professor Mardie Townsend at the Sustainable Cities Round Table 12 Nov 2008

Posted in SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Devin Maeztri on November 24th, 2008

“Parks also bring measurable direct and flow-on economic benefits to local, regional, state and national economies. These economic benefits are a key enabler for communities to function and prosper, allowing them to build social cohesion, social capital and healthy communities.” (Parks Victoria Website)

Elaborating the parks as part of a healthy city, Associate Professor Townsend, Associate Head of School (Strategic Planning and Development), School of Health and Social Development
, Deakin University, gave a persentation on how healthy parks create healthy people.