Thrive: Ideas to Inspire

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Check out what professional talks Council is hosting. Make the most of this exciting opportunity and attend free workshops to meet other passionate people and learn from the best.

What is Thrive?

Thrive: Ideas to inspire is a series of free monthly talks focused on sharing, showcasing and celebrating ideas that drive positive change. Each talk will feature a sustainability or resilience expert/leader.

When: Currently postponed due to COVID-19

Where: Campbelltown Arts Centre, 1 Art Gallery Road, Campbelltown

Time: 6pm - 8pm

Past Talks:

Creating thriving communities

Date: Thursday 2 April, 2020

Presenter: Kristin Gabriel, Deputy Chief Resilience Officer, Resilient Sydney

Learn about The Resilient Sydney Strategy, the chronic stresses and shock events that Sydneysiders are experiencing, and how to build connected, inclusive and resilient communities that thrive.

Campbelltown City Council is one of the participating councils that have engaged with Resilient Sydney during the development of the strategy.

Kristin Gabriel

Kristin is the Deputy Chief Resilience Officer at Resilient Sydney. She is an expert in developing and delivering strategy for catalytic change, specialising in building partnerships, research and participatory engagement processes to understand and address the most complex and pressing issues facing us today.

Resilient Sydney is a local government-led, metropolitan Sydney collaboration to build urban resilience.

Over 2 years of technical studies and a comprehensive engagement process with more than 1,000 people from business, government and communities across metropolitan Sydney to develop the Resilient Sydney Strategy.

The strategy calls for business, government, academia, communities and individuals to lead and work as one city. This strategy marks a new spirit of collaboration and connection in our city.


Check out our What's On page to register for an upcoming talk.

Feeling the heat in Campbelltown

Date: Thursday 6 February, 2020

Presenter: Dr Sebastian Pfautsch, Senior Research Fellow, Western Sydney University

We know that there is a large East-West divide in heat in Sydney. However, when we’re planning Campbelltown’s future communities, we haven’t had the data to understand heat locally.

During the summer of 2018/2019, Campbelltown City Council, in partnership with Western Sydney University, undertook a study examining the distribution of heat across the Local Government Area. This study involved the placement of 110 temperature sensors and produced over 1.46 million measurements.

The aim of this study was to give us a detailed, data-supported understanding of heat in our LGA. We wanted to include our people, their houses, their suburbs, their topography and their local environment in the science.

Dr Sebastian Pfautsch

Sebastian is a Senior Lecturer in Urban Studies and a Research Theme Fellow for Environment and Sustainability at Western Sydney University.

In these roles, Sebastian leads research around the complex issue of urban heat and heat mitigation. He has worked extensively with industry and government organisations across Australia, is an expert adviser for the Natural Resources Commission of NSW and has helped to development of a new national standard for the Australian tree stock production industry. His high-quality research output is documented in the form of more than 70 peer reviewed research papers, technical reports and journal articles.

Dr Sebastian Pfautsch from Western Sydney

Green Walls, Breathing Walls and Green Infrastructure

Date: Thursday 5 March, 2020

Presenter: Jock Gammon, Founder and Managing Director, Junglefy

Join us for our second talk in the Thrive series featuring Jock Gammon, Co-founder and Managing Director of Junglefy.

Cities are looking to integrate more natural features into their design, with many aspiring to become “urban jungles” abound with plants and wildlife. Jock, a field-leading expert, will discuss the importance and practicalities of living infrastructure in creating liveable, productive and healthy communities.

Council is working with Junglefy and UTS to install the region’s largest Breathing Wall at Campbelltown Station. This innovative installation will contribute data regarding improvements in air quality, and begin Council’s vision of greening the CBD. The Wall will be made of 160 modules, containing over 1,200 plants.

Jock Gammon

Jock is the co-founder and managing director of Junglefy, a business renowned for delivering complex and innovative green walls, roofs and facades – known as living infrastructure.

Junglefy want to turn our cities into urban jungles with plants growing everywhere - on the walls of car parks and highways, inside and outside buildings, along lane-ways and on rooftops. Jock pioneered the award-winning ‘Junglefy Breathing Wall’, an active plant system scientifically proven to accelerate the removal of air pollutants, volatile organic compounds and particulate matter.

Jock challenges the status quo through investing in science and research behind the Breathing Wall and other technologies. His vision to create better places for people is helping to shape the future of living infrastructure.