The Port Phillip Climate Emergency Network (PECAN), Port Phillip EcoCentre, and City of Port Phillip invite you to a pivotal community forum: Urban Heat or Cool Green: Shaping Port Phillip’s Future Tree Canopy.


Dive into the science and practical considerations for Port Phillip’s draft Urban Forest Strategy, and how we might reach 30% canopy cover by 2040, as set by other cities


Two Futures, One Choice:


In one scenario, our city’s tree canopy diminishes, exposing our community to the harsh reality of urban heat. In another, a lush tree canopy transforms Port Phillip into a cool green haven. Let’s explore the path that ensures a thriving and resilient future.

Expert Insights:

Jen Witheridge (City of Port Phillip Coordinator Urban Forest) and Greg Moore (Senior Research Associate, University of Melbourne) will reveal the benefits of canopy cover and address challenges on the journey to a cool green future. Gio Fitzpatrick (Local Naturalist) will talk about the importance of planting for increasing local biodiversity.

Community Dialogue:

Engage in a dynamic Q&A session, sharing your visions for the City of Port Phillip in the years ahead. Be part of the discussion shaping a more sustainable and resilient urban environment.

Meet the Experts:

  • Jen Witheridge: A multidisciplinary urban greening specialist leading the City of Port Phillip’s Urban Forest Strategy.
  • Dr Greg Moore: A distinguished Senior Research Associate with expertise in arboriculture and environmental services.
  • Gio Fitzpatrick: A local naturalist and biodiversity commentator well known for his work at Yalukit Willam Nature Reserve.

Join the Movement:

This is not just a forum; it’s a call to action. Be part of the movement to cool our city, green our streets, and secure a vibrant future for Port Phillip.

Date & Time: Tuesday 19 March 2024 6.30pm – 8pm

Location: Victorian Pride Centre Theatrette, 79-91 Fitzroy St, St Kilda

Let’s sow the seeds of change together!

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    Victorian Pride Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, 3182, Australia