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Restoring Habitats: Beyond the trees – the importance of people to bushcare

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Griffith University EcoCentre, Nathan Campus (building N68)

170 Kessels Road

Nathan, QLD 4111

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Brisbane City Council is committed to keeping Brisbane clean, green and sustainable, and values your help to protect the 2500+ plant and animal species that make Brisbane the most biodiverse capital city in Australia.

Join us and special guest speakers Mark Creyton, Genevieve Robey and Anne Cleary for a 'thought-provoking day' as we explore the human aspects of bushcare.

We will look at the power of nature connection, how to better create and support resilient groups and how to communicate and engage with your community. Hear from a variety of guest speakers, Habitat Brisbane and catchment groups on how they work with and support their volunteers, followed by practical workshops.

For more information contact Andrew Wills, Creek Catchment Officer on 3407 0215 or email CCPPevents@Brisbane.qld.gov.au.

Bookings close at 5pm Wednesday 8 November.

Thank you for helping to keep Brisbane as the most biodiverse capital city in Australia. More than 5000 community volunteers like you help to protect 870 waterway and bushland sites across 3000 hectares.

Event schedule

  • 8-8.30am: Registrations
  • 8.30-9am: Welcome, acknowledgement of traditional owners, introduction of presenters and staff, introduction to the day
  • 9-9.25am: Anne Cleary Nature Connections
  • 9.25-9.50am: Genevieve Robey Communicating with and engaging your community
  • 9.50-10.15am: Mark Creyton Groups that flourish: Volunteering in the 21st century
  • 10.15-10.30am: Summary session 1
  • 10.30-11am: Morning tea
  • 11am-12.40pm: Workshop time choose two of the following workshops (45 minutes each)

    Workshop 1
    Nature Connections by Anne Cleary

    Workshop 2
    Communicating with and engaging your community by Genevieve Robey

    Workshop 3
    Groups that flourish: Volunteering in the 21st century by Mark Creyton

  • 12.40-1.20pm: Lunch
  • 1.20-2.20pm: Stories from the community
  • 2.20pm: Event end

Speaker bios and session information

Nature connections by Anne Cleary

Time in nature is uplifting – it makes us feel better about ourselves and life in general. There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating that time in nature has tangible benefits for our physical and emotional wellbeing, and aids recovery from illness. Anne will explain what is currently known about the effect nature connection can have on both our psychological wellbeing and our environmental attitudes and behaviours. Based on this understanding Anne will then workshop ideas with us on how to design and deliver bushcare activities that enhance nature connection delivering multiple outcomes for your patch of bush, your catchment, and your community.

Anne is an environmental scientist by training and a nature loving enthusiast by choice. Several years working for Healthy Land and Water overseeing the management of recreational waters in South East Queensland has sparked her curiosity to explore the innate connections people have with nature and how this benefits our health and wellbeing. This has led her to undertake research into understanding our nature connection and how this influences our psychological wellbeing as well as our attitudes and behaviours towards the environment. Anne’s research has led her on many adventures including working for the World Health Organisation in Germany exploring the health benefits of urban nature. She is looking forward to sharing some of my research discoveries with you.

Communicating with and engaging your community by Genevieve Robey

How do we tell people in our community what's happening in our bushcare groups and local environment? How do we connect with and engage locals when there are so many competing opportunities, issues and activities? Genevieve will take us through how to shape our messages and show us that we don't need to be tech gurus to benefit from social media. Get an overview of different social media platforms and learn how to broaden your reach and get people interested in and excited about your bushcare activities.

Genevieve has a background in digital communications with a focus on social media services and strategy. She holds a Journalism degree from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and an ABC Online Internship. Before starting her own business, Genevieve was a website administrator at Morgans Stockbroking and a website manager at Commerce Queensland. Now she works with a small group of clients in the two main sectors she loves – art and environment. Genevieve helps the organisations to get their messages heard effectively through websites, email marketing and social media. Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee (B4C) is just one of the organisations Genevieve works with, after being a member for several years. She also runs the Brisbane Catchments Network Facebook page.

Groups that flourish by Mark Creyton

The world of volunteering and volunteer group leadership is both satisfying and challenging. What are the key factors that assist groups to flourish? In the changing world of volunteering and community, what are the strategies that work? Mark considers the latest research and reflects on some 20 years of practice in working with bushcare and catchment groups to share strategies and ideas.

Mark works with a range of approaches to facilitate possibilities for organisations, universities and communities. He has more than 20 years’ experience as an educator and consultant working with a range of non-profit organisations and groups. He has a particular interest in community development, citizen engagement, social innovation and change. Mark has worked with the catchment and Habitat Brisbane groups with a focus on capacity building since 2001. Mark is the creator of the Innovate Symposium and Community Leadership Programs and is a co-creator of Leadership by Design, a leadership development program using participative design. He has an extensive experience in developing student engagement programs and is currently jointly developing and co-leading QUT Change Maker and Innovator programs. Mark previously worked for Volunteering QLD, Oxfam and Amnesty International.

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