The Regional Catchment Strategy for the Port Phillip & Western Port region
Knowledge Banquet 2017

20 May 2017

After the success of the 2016 Knowledge Banquet, the PPWCMA organised a follow up event for 2017. Held at Zinc at Federation Square, the 2017 Knowledge Banquet focused on political partnerships and how environmental practitioners could ‘spice up’ their campaigns to gain more interest and engagement.

Participants were treated to a range of engaging presenters, including John Thwaites, Gregory Andrews, Tanya Ha, Jon Faine and Rod Quantock. Each focused on clear and practical ways that participants could enhance their communications to engage new audiences and investors, including politicians and the media.

This year a ‘Tweet Wall’ encouraged attendees to share their learning on social media and the presentations were filmed and shared on YouTube after the event.

The Knowledge Banquet also fostered collaboration among organisations, encouraging them to share knowledge and generate partnerships.

New organisations attended in 2017, including a number who are not RCS partners yet, which presented opportunities for new collaborations and partnerships in the future.

The four new RCS partners (Bass Coast Landcare Network, Boorondara City Council, Wathaurung Aboriginal Cooperation and Wyndham City Council) were presented with recognition awards for their commitment to the RCS.

The Knowledge Banquet was supported partly by funds allocated through the Victorian Government’s Our Catchments, Our Communities initiative.