30 May 2019
On Monday 21st May 2019, the Port Phillip & Westernport CMA, Department of Land, Water, Environment and Planning, Melbourne Water, Parks Victoria and Agriculture Victoria hosted Our City in Nature: exploring Melbourne’s relationship with its flora and fauna at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Our City in Nature aimed to increase understanding of the complex environmental issues in the Port Phillip and Western Port region, while also enabling land managers and volunteers to connect and share their experiences.
A range of high-profile morning speakers opened the day, including the Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio MP (Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Minister for Solar Homes), Mark Norman (Chief Conservation Scientist, Parks Victoria), John Thwaites (Chair, Melbourne Water), Jenny Gray (CEO, Zoos Victoria) and Dr. Scott Rawlings (Head of Science and Research, Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability).
The afternoon features small round-table afternoon discussions, which explored various topics, such as connecting people with nature, biodiversity-sensitive urban design, and cultural fire management. The day was closed with an inspirational presentation by the Cheltenham Secondary College Environment Team (in conjunction with Kids Teaching Kids) on their vision for Melbourne’s future.
The sell-out event was attended by close to 300 individuals from government organisations and agencies, non-government organisations, tertiary institutions and community environmental groups.
Work is already underway to plan for an Our City in Nature event in 2020, or a series of events.