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Community Engagement


Welcome to Landcare Lunch and Habitat Hike 

Tuesday 11th March 12 noon – 2.00 pm 

Meet at the Auchmuty Courtyard near the table tennis table at 11.45 am 

FREE Lunch at Wetlands Pavilion 

Wear sturdy footwear, long sleeves, long pants, sunscreen, insect repellent. 

RSVP 7 March 2014 

Please register online at 

Any questions please contact Kylee Lang at 

This project is supported by WetlandCare Australia through funding from the Australian Government


Free Design Workshop: 

Curvilinear patterned landscapes to secure water in soils 

9:00 am – 12.30 pm Wednesday 19 March 2014 

Industry Development Centre foyer
University of Newcastle Callaghan CampusUniversity Drive Callaghan Program 

  • Principles behind the interventions at UoN 
  • Campus tour of demonstration sites 
  • Sand modelling activity to explain design process 
  • Return walk and close 

Presenter: Peter Stevens, Lecturer, Engineering and Built Environment, University of Newcastle The University of Newcastle's Callaghan Campus is a showcase of best practice in water smart landscape design. Tom Farrell Institute presents an interactive workshop for civil and landscape designers, engineers, planners, professionals and students with an interest in water sensitive urban design. 

Places are limited. 

Please wear sturdy shoes, sun hat, mosquito repellent, and bring a bottle of water.

RSVP by Friday 14 March 

For further information please contact Tim Roberts 02 49215700 or 

This workshop is supported by WetlandCare Australia through funding from the Australian Government


Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from food and fibre production 

Dr Pip Brock, Leader, Climate Mitigation, NSW Department of Primary Industries

Production of food and fibre results in greenhouse gas emissions, not only on farm but also during the manufacture of inputs, processing of products and waste disposal. Efficient agricultural production minimises emissions per tonne of product ie. emissions intensity. Within NSW DPI, we are developing emissions profiles and studying opportunities to mitigate emissions. We are taking a Life Cycle Assessment approach, enabling 'cradle to farm gate' emissions reduction strategies to be identified and other potential environmental consequences to be understood.

When: 4pm, Wednesday 26th March 2014 

Where: Advanced Technology Centre, University of Newcastle Callaghan 

Registrations: please go to

For all enquiries, please contact Belinda McNab 02 49215700, or

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Native Bee Workshop

Are you interested in Bee Biology, Bee Behaviour and/or keeping native Bees? 

Come and hear Dr Tim Heard, long-term stingless bee keeper cover all these topics and more 2 x half day workshops will be held on 

Wednesday 12 February 2014 

morning session will commence at 9am at Hunter Wetlands Centre - tickets are $25 (see below) afternoon session will commence at 4pm at the Industry Development Centre, University Drive Callaghan - tickets are $25 (see below) 

A full day workshop will be held on Wednesday 19 February 2014 at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, 2100 Pacific Highway Heatherbrae - Unfortunately the ticket allocation for this full day workshop has been exhausted. The full day workshop will focus on practical skills for re-housing of hives, splitting hives, and harvesting honey, as well as more in depth look at how to manage native bees, as well as their biology and behaviour. 

Tickets are limited and now available for purchase at

For further information please contact Belinda McNab on 02 49215700 or

Tickets are limited, at only 40 places per session, so I'm afraid it will be first in best dressed!

Ticket price includes the workshop fee plus morning/afternoon tea for the half day sessions.

To download the flyer, please click here

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Book Launch for BZE's Buildings Plan for a Zero Carbon Australia

The Buildings Plan shows how Australian buildings can reach zero carbon emissions within 10 years, while reducing energy bills. It is the result of three years of research from some of Australia's best architects, engineers, builders and researchers. The project was managed by non-profit Beyond Zero Emissions and the University of Melbourne's Energy Research Institute. The launch will be preceded by tours of the Hunter TAFE solar desiccant cooling system, and will include talks on and local low carbon initiatives, a Q & A session, sponsored displays and supper and networking opportunities.

Thursday 14 November from 4.30pm at Hunter TAFE's Hamilton Campus.  Bookings are essential. Please see flyer for further details on how to register and more details about the event

Ride to Work Day

Every year the Tom Farrell Institute, along with NuSport and Nubug help run the Ride to Work Day.  The ride takes place on two routes, one from Newcastle to University, and the other on the Fernleigh Track to University.

This year it takes place on Wednesday 16 October 2013.  Please check back here soon for further details on routes and times.

Once riders arrive at the University, they concregate at the courtyard of the Forum, to enjoy a hearty breakfast which is always provided by NuSport.  NuSport also offer all riders the facilities at the Forum for the morning, so that they may shower and change after the ride.

To be notified of upcoming forums via email, please use the following link to be added to our mailing list