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Date: Tuesday, 6th March, 2018
Time: 7.45 am to 10.00 am 
Venue: Monash Conference Centre
Level 7, Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000


Is it really so easy to use alternative water to green and cool our urban areas?
Want to understand the ‘devil in the detail’ – the risks, challenges and opportunities!
Keen to hear about Melbourne’s best urban greening IWM case studies and the multiple benefits they achieve?


Come and join Stormwater Victoria for this exciting breakfast seminar!  The session will delve into the concept of using alternative water sources (through IWM) to deliver urban greening and cooling outcomes and a host of other associated benefits including improved water cycle management, waterway health, community health and wellbeing and urban ecology.  In examining these ideas in detail, our expert presenters will explore the associated risks, challenges and opportunities through a series of leading, local case studies – providing valuable insights, design considerations and recommended approaches of use to the industry.  The seminar will conclude with the opportunity to ask questions of our expert panel, as well as network with peers and fellow industry practitioners from a diversity of disciplines and backgrounds.


The session will be relevant to the water industry, environmental and natural resource managers and urban planning/design practitioners including local government, water authorities, policy-makers, consultants, researchers and land developers.  This will include landscape architects, urban designers, engineers, urban planners, drainage and parks/gardens asset managers and urban ag/horticulturalists.



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Jasmine Thom, PhD Candidate, University of Melbourne

Jasmine is a PhD student at the university of Melbourne investigating tree-based integrated water management and how design decisions affects the health, growth, and transpiration of trees in such systems. Her research interests include urban climate, water-sensitive urban design, and tree physiology. Previously, Jasmine worked as a research assistant in the Monash University Urban Climate Group and the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities. At Monash she was involved in several projects such as: modelling the cooling potential of street trees in Adelaide and reflective roads in Sydney, assessing the microclimate of isolated trees in Melbourne, and evaluating the performance of passively irrigating trees with stormwater in the City of Monash.

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Robyn Mitchell, Coordinator Green Infrastructure, Open Space Planning, Urban Sustainability, City of Melbourne

Robyn is the Co-ordinator of Green Infrastructure (shared) at the City of Melbourne. The green infrastructure portfolio sits in the Open Space Planning team.  Her team works in a highly skilled Urban Sustainability branch together with the Climate Adaption and Urban Forest and Ecology teams. The coordinator role includes the advocacy, awareness raising and project implementation of all things green roofs, green walls and green facades.

Robyn's skills and experience is varied and she has worked in local government for over 15 years. Over that time, she has successfully managed and implemented a large variety of landscape and streetscape treatments, including a suite of integrated water management tools, including the retrofit of the City of Monash Green Roof and WSUD into the urban streetscape. Important to her work is working with other disciplines and incorporating research based design. Robyn is currently leading the Green Our Rooftop demonstration green roof project, in collaboration with State Government (DELWP). 


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Meg Caffin, Principal of Urban Forest Consulting

As one of Australia's leading Urban Foresters, Meg consults widely to local and state governments across Australia. Her focus is on integrating urban greening and green infrastructure into cities for improved liveability and urban resilience. Meg analyses urban heat, flooding impacts and social vulnerability in cities to determine where to prioritise green infrastructure. Meg looks to embed green infrastructure priorities into "business as usual" and relies on localised evidence and research to help build knowledge and skills within a range of disciplines. Her current passion lies in exploring Victoria's land use planning system and its current impacts on the urban forest. 

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Carol Jadraque, (Acting) Principal of Resilience, Melbourne Water

Carol Jadraque is Melbourne Water's (Acting) Principal of Resilience, catalysing change across the business in the realm of climate change mitigation and adaptation, including urban cooling. In her substantive role - as the Manager of the Clearwater - she has strategically led and expanded Integrated Water Management capacity building across Victoria for the past three years. At Melbourne Water for a total of 8 years, she has previously led and embedded award-winning abstract concepts such as 'sustainability' and 'innovation'; and now 'resilience'. As the Deputy Director of the largest international conservation NGO, The Nature Conservancy, she led the Australian portfolios of HR, finance and conservation science and has further experience in managing local government environment portfolios. She has a double degree in Natural Resources Management and a Master of Environment, holds dual Australian/Swiss citizenship and speaks five languages.

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Sarah Buckley, Senior Sustainability Officer, City of Stonnington

Sarah Buckley is the Senior Sustainable Environment Officer at the City of Stonnington. Working in local government for over a decade, she has experience delivering projects related to energy, urban greening, stormwater management and waterway revegetation.

Sarah's focus in recent years has been the delivery of the City of Stonnington's Urban Forest Strategy, specifically the integration of blue/green infrastructure into urban streetscape projects. Her expertise in this area relates to building the capacity of Council staff to deliver appropriate design and construction solutions for urban greening. Her work also focuses on identifying opportunities to improve infrastructure for trees in streetscape projects as well as developing standardised specifications and drawings for all blue/green infrastructure elements including plant selection, tree pits and strata cells.

She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and an Honours Degree in Ecology from the University of Wollongong.





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