Waterfront: Envisioning the Great Birrarung Parkland Past Event

Presented by Centre for Architecture | Open House Melbourne, Birrarung Council, Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation and Fed Square.
Photo of recreation activities on the river framed by infrastructure and buildings
On the River
Under the Freeway
Photo © Kirsten Bauer

A public event and panel discussion led by members of the Birrarung Council – as the Voice of the River. Council members and invited guests will share views about how our understanding of bi-cultural approaches, sustainable design and the history of the Yarra River (Birrarung) can inform our ideas for regenerating the Wallen Road to Punt Road River corridor.

This event forms part of ‘Waterfront: The Great Birrarung Parkland’ series – a three-part public program including film, panel discussion and a boat tour all focused on the Yarra River as one integrated living entity, to advocate for Indigenous rights and values and for a more ecologically balanced future Melbourne. The series aims to highlight the design driven regeneration of the River corridor between Punt Road, Cremorne and Wallen Road, Burnley.

Waterfront is proudly presented by Centre for Architecture Victoria | Open House Melbourne, in partnership with Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and East Gippsland Shire Council. 

Chris Chesterfield

Chris is the Chair of the Birrarung Council, a Director at the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities at Monash University, Commissioner and Chair of the Victorian Environmental Water Holder and has a number of past and current roles on Government panels and advisory committees related to water and urban planning.

Dave Wandin

Wurundjeri Woi wurrung Elder / Corporation’s Manager of Cultural Practices (Fire & Water).

Erin O'Donnell

Member of the Birrarung Council, Early Career Academic Fellow Senior Fellow, The University of Melbourne. Water law and policy specialist.

Margaret Gardiner

Wurundjeri Woi wurrung Elder, Member of the Birrarung Council.

Neil McCarthy

Neil is an international leader in natural resource management with a strong focus on policy and strategy, especially parks and waterways. He has been responsible for leading some of the most significant global initiatives in parks management, including Parks Victoria’s ‘Healthy Parks, Healthy People’ program. Neil is currently the CEO of World Urban Parks an international forum of parks agencies, CEO of Mosaic Insights a social landscape planning and design consultancy, and Co-Chair of the International National Park City Commission.

Rueben Berg

Victorian Environmental Water Holder Commissioner, Gunditjmara man, Director at Westernport Water, Water for Country Project Control Group, Founder and Managing Director of RJHB Consulting and a Founding Director of Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria.

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FREE: part two of three-part program


Sun 28 Mar 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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Deakin Edge, Fed Square
Deakin Edge, Fed Square, Swanston St &, Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia


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