The Ochre Green 2014 Territory Environment Conference, Workshops and Environment Awards were held from 5-7 June 2014 at the Function Room on Stokes Hill Wharf, Darwin. Read the closing statement!
The events provided an exciting forum for Territorians to be inspired, informed and challenged by speakers about key environmental and sustainability issues and opportunities in the Territory. This will be the first time the Environment Centre NT hosts such a suite of events in the Territory. We invite you to come along, hear from a diverse range of speakers, ask questions and have your say.
The conference statement is availabke for download below.
The conference theme, ‘Strong Communities for a Sustainable Territory’, was explored through a vibrant program of expert speakers, panel discussions, stalls, displays and a speaker’s corner. On the eve of the conference – and to celebrate World Environment Day on 5 June – the Environment Centre NT hosted its first Territory Environment Awards followed by a film screening at the picturesque Deckchair cinema.
Conference speakers included:
Taryn Lane, Embark, Victoria
Taryn Lane has extensive local and international community development experience. She has worked for Australia’s first community-owned wind farm Hepburn Wind since 2010, delivering industry best standards in community engagement. She also works for Embark – a NFP focused on accelerating the uptake of community renewable energy projects by providing practical capacity-building tools and seed and investment funding. For more information visit: www.embark.org
Tay Lai-Hock, Ground Up Initiative (GUI), Singapore
Moved to action by the unseasonal 2006 Malaysia flooding. Tay Lai-Hock founded the GUI to encourage the necessity of sustainable living practices to respond to climate change. Tay Lai-Hock is the Kampung Chief of a sustainable living hub in Yishun, Singapore where the GUI have grown a practical and educational community, teaching people skills to live in a sustainable way. The GUI have founded school projects, enterprises and operated the Kampung hub for five years. For more information visit: www.groundupinitiative.org
Nicola Paris, CounterACT, Melbourne
CounterAct supports communities in taking effective, creative, strategic action on issues of environmental and social justice. Founder Nicola Paris has provided training in direct action skills, campaigning and community organising across Australia. She supported the successful campaign to stop an industrial gas hub on the Kimberley coast and is currently working with communities in Victoria and NSW opposing coal and unconventional gas, amongst many other campaigns. CounterAct aims to increase capacity and skills amongst grassroots activists whilst encouraging a culture of skill sharing, on-training and making activism accessible for everyday folk. For more information visit: www.counteract.org
The program for the conference and workshops are available for download below.
Territory Environment Awards
In a first for the Environment Centre NT we announced seven awards to recognise outstanding efforts and outcomes by Territorians for our environment:
Jeffrey Lee, Djok clan leader, Koongarra, for opposing uranium mining on his Country, and adding his ancestral lands to the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Yvonne Margarula, Mirarr Traditional Owner, for her decades-long campaign to keep uranium mining off her people’s lands in the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park.
Northern Territory Airports Pty Ltd, for their major installation of solar panels at Alice Springs Airport.
Living Harbour Award
Donna Jackson, Larrakia elder, for her passionate campaign to protect Darwin Harbour.
Nature Territory Award
Protect Arnhem Land community campaign, for protecting their sea country from oil explration by Paltar Petroleum.
Green Living Award
Darwin Garden Education Network for their commitment to supporting Territorians grow community and permaculture gardens.
Young Environmental Advocate Award
Kylie Sambo, Muckaty Traditional Owner, for her passionate campaign to protect her Country from a proposed nuclear waste dump.