Where Shade Hits the Pavement

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


Brisbane was the perfect setting for Where Shade Hits the Pavement 2024, the first and only city in Australia to have received Silver and Gold certification as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Program.

With the 2032 Brisbane Olympics clearly in view, the provocations, challenges and discussions at the summit highlighted the need for greater collaboration across disciplines to achieve climate neutrality, particularly in the GUI sector which is calling out for the same attention, rigor and funding as grey infrastructure.

  • Our objective was to bring the leading minds and the passionate players in forestry, stormwater research, ecology science, product innovation, engineering, planning, green architecture, and design together.
  • Current practices in green urban infrastructure were challenged.
  • Solutions were proposed to bridge the gaps between policy and project delivery.
  • Actionable data solutions and case studies were shared to support the achievement of urban forest targets and measurable climate change, sooner.
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172 attendees
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12 expert speakers
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8 hours
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6 CPD points
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1 stage
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Lord Mayoral Representative Cr. Tracy Davis

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

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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

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