Resilient City Symposium

Published on 20 June 2019

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How will Launceston manage its waste into the future? How can we better predict and prepare for floods in low lying parts of the city? How can we improve the health of kanamaluka / the Tamar River Estuary?

The City of Launceston is holding a Resilient City Symposium on Saturday, June 29 at the Queen Victoria Museum at Inveresk to explore these and other topics.

Guest speakers will include Tasmania Police Northern Commander Brett Smith, NRM Director Dr Rebecca Kelly, and Just Waste Consulting Director Justin Jones.



The Resilient City Symposium is part of the City of Launceston's 2019 community consultation program, which is exploring six themes aimed at gauging ideas on how Launceston can be a more resilient, well designed, prosperous, accessible and sustainable city into the future.

People can find out more, or have their say, at under 'Tomorrow Together - A Resilient City'.

Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said the speakers at the Resilient City Symposium would discuss climate change, waste and recycling, emergency management, Launceston's flood infrastructure, the health of our waterways, resource recovery, and more.

"I think anyone with an interest in Launceston's future will find something of value here, and it promises to be an interesting day," Mayor van Zetten said.

"Along with panel discussions and presentations from our speakers, there will also be free activities to keep the kids entertained, including face painting, dinosaur craft activities, a silent disco and a prize for the best dressed dinosaur.

"We'll be taking a deep dive into some important issues and it's a great opportunity for members of the public to hear first-hand from experts about some of these topics and how they directly relate to Launceston.

The program includes:

10.30am - An introduction to resilience including youth speakers.

12.30pm — Talking Rubbish (and all things waste and recycling): Justin Jones, Director of Just Waste Consulting, and Michael Attard, Waste and Environment Officer at the City of Launceston.

1.30pm — Flooding: Brett Smith, Northern Commander of Tasmania Police, and Michael Newby, Built Environment Manager at the City of Launceston.

2.30pm — Planning for the future of kanamaluka / the Tamar River Estuary: Dr Rebecca Kelly, Director at NRM and Kathryn Pugh, Environmental Scientist at the City of Launceston.