21st Annual Symposium Speakers

How best to approach street tree species trials?

How best to approach street tree species trials? Climate change and increasing temperatures pose a major challenge for green spaces in our urban landscapes. Developing diversity is important for the palette of trees species available to our growers and practitioners alike, as they seek species that are robust enough to not only survive, but thrive…
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Tree Valuation: implementing new strategies for urban forestry in the City of Melbourne

Tree Valuation: implementing new strategies for urban forestry in the City of Melbourne The City of Melbourne uses tree valuation to determine the value of tree protection bonds and fees for tree removals.   The valuation method was developed in 1990, and updated in 2012 to include ecosystem service quantification. Since then, scientific research and technical…
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The Urgency of Now

The Urgency of Now: Never has there been a more important time to prioritize urban forests and urban forest management. This presentation will highlight examples of ambitious and bold urban forestry work and offer a challenge to attendees to embrace the role of urban trees and the leadership necessary to create thriving and resilient communities…
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Urban heat modelling for decision making

Urban heat modelling for decision making Understanding and mitigating urban heat has the potential to save lives as well as give other co-benefits such as increased walkability, connectivity and liveability. The field of urban heat modelling has grown in recent years to help with quantifying the urban cooling benefits from a range of measures such…
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What does an urban forest really cost? Developing the Tree Budget Tool

What does an urban forest really cost? Developing the Tree Budget Tool Mosaic Insights have developed a tool that allows users to calculate the cost of a successful urban tree over its lifecycle, from production to replacement. The simple-to-use tool uses data from industry stakeholders across Australia to create an economic model of the costs…
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What do people really think about trees? Insights for planning a climate ready urban forest

What do people really think about trees? Insights for planning a climate ready urban forest Hundreds of unfamiliar tree species are being considered for introduction to urban forests in response to perceived risks from increasing temperatures. This has the potential to change the sense of place created by the urban forest, and the delivery of…
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Making Greater Adelaide Greener

Making Greater Adelaide Greener The Green Adelaide Board was formally established through the Landscape South Australia Act 2019, as a new body to drive innovative and collaborative environmental management across metropolitan Adelaide. This presentation will focus on the key drivers behind the creation of this body, the key priorities and actions for the inaugural year,…
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Tree Risk Assessment & Management After Bushfire

Tree Risk Assessment & Management After Bushfire Ben has been involved in a number of large bushfires over the last few years, notably: Grampians – 2006 Black Saturday – 2009 Mickleham – 2014 East Gippsland – 2020 This presentation highlights the personal experiences of these fires. It aims to provide guidance to other professionals who…
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Tree Sensitive Approach to Infrastructure Maintenance and Development

Tree Sensitive Approach to Infrastructure Maintenance and Development Can State and Local Government work together to achieve Liveability and reduce urban heat island? This presentation will illustrate the innovative construction techniques SA Water is use to protect roadside vegetation during infrastructure upgrades. In addition, we will explore how local government and state government can collaborate…
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Formative Pruning

Formative Pruning Cameron will offer insights into the techniques and the multiple benefits of grooming trees in their infancy. Cameron Ryder Cameron has been involved in the broader horticulture industry for 22 years including 17 studying and practicing arboriculture.  Cameron worked as a climbing arborist for a short while before injury forced an early end. …
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Collaborative Approach to Green Engineering

Collaborative Approach to Green Engineering Tim will introduce some ideas on establishing research collaborations to undertake multi-disciplinary field-based research into green engineering. Partnerships between academe, industry, state and local government, which have proved effective over the past decade will be presented. Tim will offer thoughts on expanding such collaborations into the future, to extend research,…
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Green Streets Program – Community Engagement

Green Streets Program – Community Engagement The Sutherland Shire Council’s Green Streets Program objectives include preserving the Shire’s sense of place, using the right trees in the right spots for the long term, carrying out quality planting and maintenance, and engaging with the community about the value of trees. The aim of the Green Streets…
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Reaping the Benefits of Green Space

Reaping the Benefits of Green Space Exciting times are afoot. There appears to be increasing recognition that contact with nature can yield a range of health benefits. Major efforts are underway to improve access to discrete green spaces, as well as to increase tree canopy cover, within many cities in Australia and around the world.…
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Reaping the Benefits of Green Space

Reaping the Benefits of Green Space Exciting times are afoot. There appears to be increasing recognition that contact with nature can yield a range of health benefits. Major efforts are underway to improve access to discrete green spaces, as well as to increase tree canopy cover, within many cities in Australia and around the world.…
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Beyond boundaries – new spatial analysis for equitable and resilient greening

Beyond boundaries – new spatial analysis for equitable and resilient greening Lines are typically drawn on maps to set boundaries and divide land into manageable pieces. At the broader scale these may be local government areas, suburbs or wards, and at the smaller scale they may distinguish roads from parks and private lots. Urban foresters…
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Specific and achievable canopy targets – how to model your capacity for tree canopy

Specific and achievable canopy targets – how to model your capacity for tree canopy Targets are commonly used by councils to promote their ambition for increased tree canopy. To be credible they must be achievable and specific to the environment they relate to. Not all cities are the same. The capacity of a local government…
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Irrigated greenspace – improving the liveability of towns and suburbs

Irrigated greenspace – improving the liveability of towns and suburbs During the 2019/20 irrigation season, SA Water undertook a trial, using smart hardware and software technology to ensure that open space irrigation is both efficient and effective. Equipment was deployed in over 20 parks, with another 220 outdoor areas also being equipped with air temperature…
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The Avenue of Honour a neglected Australian Story

The Avenue of Honour a neglected Australian Story In Victoria there remain whole or remnants of over two hundred Avenues of Honour to the First World War, The Great War. South Australia was the cradle of these avenues and that state has some fifty avenues many being planted as early as 1915. Similar statistics may…
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Catchment Hydrology – Before & After WSUD Treatments

Catchment Hydrology – Before & After WSUD Treatments Hussain’s Masters degree research included detailed analysis of a stormwater sub-catchment in Hawthorn, a southern suburb of the city of Adelaide in South Australia. The analysis determined the catchment characteristics which influence stormwater discharge from the 17 hectare catchment, which was retrofitted with over 180 TREENET Inlets…
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Impacts of enhanced storm water infiltration on urban Melia azedarach functioning in dry season

Impacts of enhanced storm water infiltration on urban Melia azedarach functioning in dry season In the face of ongoing climate change and rising human populations, the health of urban green spaces and management of natural resources have become increasingly important. To help to mitigate urban heat islands and enhance the quality of urban forests, Water…
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Future proves past: Lessons learned and future innovations for urban trees and greenery

Future proves past: Lessons learned and future innovations for urban trees and greenery Trees and urban greenery are quietly transforming many Australian cities. A growing understanding of their benefits is fuelling a groundswell of positive change. Urban greenery is becoming a critical tool in urban, environmental and natural resource planning. Strategically planted trees and other…
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Climate Change – think globally, act continentally!

Climate Change – think globally, act continentally! For decades we have been listening to ordinary Australians saying that there is nothing that they can do about climate change. They argue that Australia with its small population is not really significant in the grand scale of global climate change and politics. But, what we do affects…
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Managing living collections and landscapes in a (climate) changing world

Managing living collections and landscapes in a (climate) changing world Botanic gardens maintain collections of living plants for science, conservation, education, beauty and more. These collections change over time – in scope and content – but the predicted impacts of climate change will require a more strategic approach to the succession of plant species and…
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