The Excellent City Series: Embracing Country


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City Design and Aboriginal Melbourne invite you to a First Nations-led conversation exploring ways of building relationships with Country in urban environments.

Looking towards the future of our city environment in the face of climate change, individual care and custodianship is a must. The panel discussion will explore the role of materiality and how this can enable living with, designing with and caring for Country for everyone.

This event will build on learnings from council’s Aboriginal City initiative, the ’Country’ themed AILA Festival of Landscape Architecture and other influences to facilitate a local discussion with Traditional Custodians, First Nations designers, makers, educators and land managers to build our understanding of what Country means, and to explore how we can work and live with Country to sustain all life.

Wurundjeri Elder Aunty Joy Wandin Murphy will provide a Welcome and smoking, before joining this all First Nations panel conversation. Jason Eades, Director Aboriginal Melbourne, will host the discussion along with Maori architect Rau Hoskins and artist/comedian Aretha Brown.

The Excellent City Series
City of Melbourne’s Excellent City Series is back in 2022/23. The series explores four key themes that are shaping Design Excellence conversations in Melbourne.

The City of Melbourne’s Design Excellence Program reinforces the city’s commitment to enhance the function, liveability, sustainability and public contribution of our buildings and urban spaces.

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Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the people of the Eastern Kulin Nations as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.