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Sustainability Talks: Cultural and Natural Heritage

Join us for our third event in a series of Sustainability Talks produced in collaboration with Macquarie University. These solutions based talks bring together some of the leading thinkers in their respective fields  to discuss what is happening across policy, private industry and research to tackle Sydney’s increasing development in a sustainable way. 

This event looks at ways we can integrate and value Australia’s cultural and natural heritage in a modern culture. 

This event features presentations by:

Dr Emilie Ens

Cross Cultural Ecologist, Macquarie University
Emilie was awarded an Inspiring Australia Citizen Science grant in 2017 to lead a project in collaboration with Aboriginal Citizens of Arnhem Land  to develop tools for cross cultural biodiversity. Emilie conducts research with Aboriginal ranger groups mainly around wetlands, invasive species, biodiversity and fire. She works in close collaboration with many indigenous groups around Australia on local and national scales.

Dr Donna Houston

Director of the Bachelor of Planning Program, Macquarie University
Dr Houston’s interests converge around the question of how we can live ethically, creatively and justly with diverse assemblies of humans and non-humans in time of global environmental change. Her research is situated within the fields of cultural and environmental geography and urban planning with a focus on wastelands and post-industrial landscapes; emergent cultural heritage practices, literary and creative place making; multi species cities; urban political ecology; climate adaption and action; animal and food geographies and social and environmental justice in ‘more-than-human’ worlds.  

Sarah Holland Clift

Coordinator of the Parramatta River Catchment Group (PRCG)
Sarah, through the PRCG, leads an alliance of local councils, state government agencies and community groups. The PRCG’s mission, through the ‘Our Living River’ initiative is to make Parramatta River swimmable again by 2025. To achieve this goal, the PRCG is currently developing a masterplan that incorporates catchment-wide ecological health, water quality, waterway governance, economic analysis, and community involvement.

Sarah has a strong technical background in weed management, carbon and emissions in agriculture and river health. Her professional goal is to contribute to the sustainable management of our natural resources.  

Presented by City of Ryde and Macquarie University. 

Proudly supported by 2SER.


There are many different ways to get to Macquarie University. We encourage people to use sustainable methods of travel where possible. There are regular train and bus services extending to areas right across Sydney. If you live within a few kilometres of the campus, cycling and walking are the most healthy, convenient and cheapest ways to travel to Uni. If you drive, then why not consider carpooling or mixing your travel modes for part of the journey? For more details visit the Macquarie University website.

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Date & Time

Wednesday 11 October 2017 / 6.30PM - 8.30PM


City of Ryde
Phone: 9952 8222


Free. Bookings essential.

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Last updated on 3 October 2017