Canopy Green Roof Forum: Stories of Plants – An Aboriginal Perspective

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City of Melbourne Bowls Club

Flagstaff Gardens, Dudley St

West Melbourne, VIC 3003


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Please join us for City of Melbourne's Canopy Green Roof Forum for an evening of discussion about green infrastructure.

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Please join us for City of Melbourne's Canopy Green Roof Forum for an evening to discuss and explore the opportunities to intertwine Aboriginal knowledge systems of indigenous plants and the Australian landscape with green infrastructure, and more widely, greater sustainable practice for industry, academia and policy leaders.

As green infrastructure projects grow in popularity in Melbourne, Australia and around the world, this Canopy event asks how Australia will adapt to contemporary forms of greening and also recognise and appreciate the Aboriginal knowledge of Caring for Country and apply it to our landscapes.

At this Canopy, we will also be announcing the successful recipients of the Green Our Rooftop Collaborative Research Grants and Postgraduate Scholarships for 2019.

This event will be catered by Mabu Mabu and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase at the bar.

Our Speakers

Dean Stewart

Dean is a Wemba Wemba-Wergaia man of Victoria who has over 25 years experience creating, coordinating and conducting educational and cultural tours in Melbourne. He is passionate to share the cultural and historic narratives of Aboriginal communities in Melbourne, particularly around Birrarung (Yarra River). Dean is part of the Parks and Gardens Advisory Committee for City of Melbourne and has contributed to ABC Radio National.

Zena Cumpston

Zena is a Barkandji woman and an Urban Environments Research Fellow at the Clean Air Urban Landscapes Hub at University of Melbourne interested in Aboriginal History, sustainability, ecology and biodiversity. Zena was the lead researcher, co-producer and co-designer for The Living Pavilion installation at University of Melbourne in 2019, a living laboratory featuring 40,000 Kulin Nation plants that celebrated Indigenous knowledge, ecological science and sustainable design through participatory arts practice. Most recently, Zena collaborated with Jonathan Jones, Bruce Pascoe and Bill Gammage on the Art Gallery of South Australia exhibition Bunha-bunhanga; Aboriginal Agriculture in the south-east.

Robyn Mitchell

Robyn leads the Green Our Rooftop project at City of Melbourne. She will be the evening's MC and will provide an update on one of City of Melbourne exciting green infrastructure initiatives.



What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Whilst there is public parking in the area, we encourage attendees to utilise public transport to and from the event. City of Melbourne Bowls Club is located at the north end of Flagstaff Gardens. It is a ten minute walk from Flagstaff Station and is accessible via the 58, 30 and 35 tram.

Is this venue wheelchair accessible?

City of Melbourne Bowls Club is wheelchair accessible. If you have any concerns, please contact

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends

Yes, please contact our email below if you have questions.

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I can't attend anymore, what should I do with my ticket?

Please contact as soon as possible as there is a ticket waitlist


Green Roofs Virtual Summit 2019

Held biennially since 2011, the Virtual Summits are community destinations that allow you to connect with everyone and experience green roofs & walls and green living infrastructure online.

The 2019 Green Roofs Virtual Summit will be held from 1 - 30 November 2019 and is publically accessible online via

Along with a number of international experts discussing green roofs and walls of the world, City of Melbourne Councillor, ICLEI First Vice President & University of Melbourne Senior Enterprise Fellow Cathy Oke will be speaking about the Green Your Laneway pilot project.

This is an incredible opportunity for the City of Melbourne and the public to take part in international collaboration and green infrastructure knowledge sharing and we encourage everyone to register!

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