Alex and Dean’s case-study discussion will examine the Adelaide Oval Fig Tree Plaza project.

To say the project brief was testing from the outset is a major understatement, as the cultural heritage significance of the Fig trees was deemed vulnerable.  Resolution of project outcomes was devised through effective conversations, good collaboration and passionate perseverance.

The case study will reveal the project constraints and the challenges of construction around existing, major, iconic trees.
Insights will be gained into the application and details of permeable paving; WSUD carparking and other low-tech solutions.


Alex Game

Alex has been at Oxigen since 2008, working across a wide-ranging portfolio including; landscape, urban design, architectural, civil and infrastructure projects. Alex has worked in Vancouver, including several high-profile projects across North America. Now based in Adelaide and working on several major public realm projects.







Dean Nicolle OAM

Dean is self-employed as a consulting arborist, botanist and ecologist, specialising in the eucalypts (Eucalyptus, Corymbia and Angophora).  In South Australia he established and maintains Currency Creek Arboretum (CCA), a world-renowned eucalypt research arboretum with over 800 species of eucalypts. His research associated with CCA has involved extensive and ongoing field research throughout all Australia as well as field research in Europe, North America and south-eastern Asia.

In 2003 Dr Nicolle received a Centenary Medal awarded by the Governor-General for service to the community through the establishment of a eucalypt research arboretum, and in 2015 he received the inaugural Bjarne K Dahl Medal for providing an outstanding contribution to eucalypt conservation and education.  Dean was recently awarded the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for service to the conservation of Australian eucalypts.

He has authored over 60 peer-reviewed scientific publications, all relating to the systematics, taxonomy, functional ecology, biochemistry and cultivation of eucalypts, as well as the reference books Smaller Eucalypts for Planting in Australia (2016), Taller Eucalypts for Planting in Australia (2016), Native Eucalypts of South Australia (2013), Atlas of Leaf Venation and Oil Gland Patterns in the Eucalypts (2013), Eucalypts of Victoria and Tasmania (2006), Eucalypts of South Australia (1997), and Eucalypts of the Mudgee District (1994).