Where Shade Hits the Pavement

Wednesday, 27 March 2024
Brisbane Powerhouse Underground Theatre
8:00 am - 4:30 pm


The Blueprint for Sustainable Cities

Citygreen proudly presents the highly anticipated sequel to last year’s groundbreaking event. Join us for “Where Shade Hits the Pavement 2024,” a gathering of thought leaders and professionals committed to shaping a sustainable future through the lens of green infrastructure.


Actionable solutions to combat urban heat and preserve vital green spaces


With experts in urban planning, sustainability, healthcare, environmental science, and local government


How sustainable urban planning not only enhances the quality of life but also contributes to the economic well-being of communities


Actionable solutions to combat urban heat and preserve vital green spaces


Innovative strategies and proven methodologies for creating resilient, sustainable cities

Expert guest speakers will share insights that redefine how we perceive and implement green spaces, demonstrating their impact on our daily lives and the broader community.

You can expect innovative strategies and proven methodologies for creating resilient and sustainable cities. Don’t miss this opportunity to be inspired by and connect with the minds that are redefining the future of our cities!

Brisbane Lord Mayoral Representative, Cr Tracy Davis, Civic Cabinet Chair for Environment, Parks & Sustainability and Councillor for McDowall Ward, will give the keynote address highlighting the importance of green infrastructure planning and development in the lead-up to the 2032 Brisbane Olympics.

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Lord Mayoral Representative Cr. Tracy Davis

Civic Cabinet Chair for Environment, Parks & Sustainability and Councillor for McDowall Ward

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Tony Cox

Director & Principal Landscape Architect
Beveridge Williams/Clouston Associates

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Paul Hardyman


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Simon Leake

Director & Founder
SESL Australia

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Gareth Loveridge

Landscape Architect
Swift Company, Seattle, USA

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Dr Ruby Michael

Senior Lecturer, School of Engineering and Built Environment
Green Infrastructure Research Labs (GIRLS)

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Dr Lyndal Plant

Director and TreeNET National President
Lyndal Plant Urban Forester

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Dr Christopher Walker

Manager, Water, Environment & Bushfires
Covey Associates

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Belinda Bean

Lead Strategist
Greener Spaces Better Places

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Prof Michelle Leishman

Lead Researcher
Which Plant Where


8:00 am

Welcome – MC, Rob Garland

8:05 am

Acknowledgement of Country & Keynote Address: 2032 Brisbane Olympics & the Importance of Green Infrastructure – Cr. Tracy Davis

8:20 am

Future Proofing Urban Landscape Projects with Climate-Ready Species Tool – Prof Michelle Leishman

8:30 am

Finding Spaces For Urban Trees – Gareth Loveridge

9:00 am

Streets Ahead – Making Great Streets for People – Paul Hardyman

9:30 am

What Is The Reality Of An Urban Forest? – Tony Cox

10:00 am

Q&A Panel

10:15 am

Morning Tea

10:45 am

Canopy Cover Targets – Powerful Drivers For Investment In Greener Cities – Dr Lyndal Plant

11:15 am

Soils for Tree Vault Design – Simon Leake

11:45 am

Combining the ‘Blue’ and the ‘Green’: Real-World Benefits from Integrating Street Tree Health with Stormwater Treatment – Dr Christopher Walker

12:15 pm

Q&A Panel

12:30 pm


01:00 pm

Throwing Shade: An Opportunity to Rebuild Flourishing Ecosystems – Dr Ruby Michael

01:30 pm

Designing Communities For Health In A Changing Climate – Dr Nicole Sleeman

2:00 pm

Get Easy Access to Greening Data, Insights & Actions – Thomas Gooch

02:30 pm

Q&A Panel

2:45 pm

Greening Australia: Standards & Recognition for Urban Green Infrastructure – Belinda Bean

03:20 pm

Closing Remarks & Acknowledgements

3:30 pm

Networking & Drinks

04:30 pm

Event Closure

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