Long-hidden small urban streams are now part of Australia’s re-imagination of urban infrastructure and environments.
Following the RBMS screening of Lost Rivers earlier this year, this seminar will take a closer look at current research into the history and future of Melbourne’s small urban streams.
Marcus Lancaster, Graduate Researcher in Landscape Architecture, is studying the history of urban watercourses, using Melbourne as a case study. Marcus will outline his current research on how Melbourne’s urban watercourses have evolved through a complex environmental history. By considering the whole system, and it’s history within the urban fabric, Marcus hopes to provide insight for the future management, treatment and development of urban watercourses.
Chris Walsh, a principal research fellow with the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences at the University of Melbourne, is investigating, with many of his colleagues, whether catchment-scale stormwater retention can restore the flow and water quality regimes of degraded urban streams, and whether this will lead to restoration of in-stream ecological structure and function. Chris will provide an update on the Little Stringybark Creek Project – a catchment-scale stream restoration experiment in collaboration with Melbourne Water and many other partner organizations.
Nibbles and drinks start at 5.30 pm. The seminar will be preceded by a short (~5 min) Special General Meeting at 5.55 pm to elect the RBMS committee for 2016/17. The agenda for the SGM is located here. UPDATE: The SGM Minutes are now available here.
Not currently a member and want to avoid the seminar fee? RBMS memberships are available at the door or in advance at www.rbms.com.au. Note: RBMS is currently reviewing the cost of seminars for non-members and cannot guarantee that costs will be the same for future events.