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Sustainability Talks: Green and Public Spaces

Explore how we can increase the value and amount of green and public space in Sydney with the increasing pressure of development and population growth. Guest presenters include Dr Peter Davies, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Planning, Macquarie University, Adrian McGregor, Founder and CEO of McGregor Coxall, Kylie Legge, Founding Director of Place Partners, and Ben Peacock, Founder of Republic of Everyone.

Hosted by 2SER’s Sean Britten

Adrian McGregor

Cities are becoming our primary habitat thus creating urban societies, but with limited funds and public land to create open spaces how can we unlock our lost public land and develop it into the “green grid”? And how can community get together and transform forgotten unloved places to something of great value?

Ben Peacock

The 202020 Vision has a target to make 20% more urban green space by 2020 by planting trees and plants. How has one big idea created awareness and action, and brought together different people and organisations to develop a momentum for urban greening?

Kylie Legge

What attracts people to spend time in public spaces and want to invest in it? And what barriers do we need to overcome that currently stop people connecting to these spaces?

Peter Davies

Why does ecology matter in our cities? What more can governments do to value our small and large natural areas? And how has our obsession with compulsive tidiness and concrete infrastructure impacted the surrounding environment?

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