Day 1
Location Adelaide Zoo

NEW VENUE for Day One! Thursday 7th September will be at the Sanctuary Function Room, Adelaide Zoo – for formal presentation of papers

Day 2
Location Waite Arboretum

Day Two, Friday 8th September has a series of practical workshops and interactive forums which once again this year, will be at the Waite Arboretum

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If you provide consulting services or contracting services or are employed by managing authorities dedicated to the care and conservation of trees in our towns and cities to make them more liveable, or simply a pathological tree lover, then the TREENET National Symposium conference and field day are for you!

CEUs are offered for ISA Accreditation & for Arborists Registered with Arboriculture Australia

Taking it to the Streets:
Responding to the Urban Forest Challenge

Australian cities are continuing to lose rather than gain canopy cover. We have to ask, "How valued are our urban forests?" and we need to reassert the importance of the role of the urban forest on both private and public open space. Urban trees are and will continue to be, essential parts of city infrastructure - in many ways, the sustainability and liveability of our cities depend on them. We have both a responsibility and a duty to ensure a legacy of treed cities for future generations. No one else will do it, it really is up to us!

What You Can Expect From Our Event

Leading Urban Forest Presenters

Whether they’re practitioners, managers, researchers or dignitaries – they all know their craft – and their work and innovation is always worth sharing.

Practical Application

In addition to academic presentations and case studies, there are opportunities to participate in ‘hand-on’ demonstrations of new ideas and approaches.

Highly Valuable Connections

There are ample networking opportunities for ‘rubbing shoulders’ with industry colleagues and leaders – the TREENET Symposium excels in this regard each year.

In Depth Discussions

Backed by leading research, expect robust discussion as questions are enthusiastically fielded and comments shared over two days of presentations, field activity and forums.

Day 1 Adelaide Zoo

A power-packed program presenting stunning research, initiatives and case studies – great for all attending.

Day 2 Field Activities

Fresh air and sunshine (hopefully) – time to get up close and personal with ‘real-world’ applications and issues.

Day 2 Friday Forums

Too many choices – but you’ll be able to select your two favourites, to wind out your 2017 experience.

Speakers & Topics For The 2017 Symposium

Taking it to the Streets – Celebrating a Twenty Year History of TREENET

As we celebrate twenty years since the origin of TREENET, it is perhaps worth recalling that it grew from a clash of urban trees and constructed infrastructure and the different perspectives of professions – engineering and horticulture – that managed urban trees. It is timely to take stock of where we stand on such matters…

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Healthy Soil – Healthy Trees. How to introduce beneficial micro-organisms

This presentation will describe how the NCA is improving the health of its trees by growing beneficial micro-organisms and introducing them into the soil around these young and mature living assets.  The composting of ‘waste’ material using biological inoculants allows the NCA to apply high quality compost around hundreds of trees every year.  This approach…

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Tree Disputes – Managing Expectations

Complementing an excellent discussion at last year’s TREENET Symposium, this forum will capitalise on the collective experience of Judy, David & Greg and their respective roles in tree dispute resolution between local residents and the council, or developers, or between neighbours.

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Green Infrastructure-led Design for Liveable Cities

Driven by the need to create more liveable communities and sustainable development, governments are rethinking the very structure and function of their cities. At the heart of this movement is a focus on creating more sustainable urban communities and healthier places. 

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Insights into Standards for Nursery-grown Tree Stock

Root to shoot balance in nursery tree stock is an important quality characteristic and contributing factor to tree form, growth and planting success in the landscape. Yet specifying root to shoot balance criteria and standards have been problematic owing to a lack of critical information on biological variation among species, nursery production practices and the role of climatic influences on shoot morphology and growth.

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Practical Indicators to Help Determine the Level of Street Tree Establishment Success

A number of factors can influence successful street tree establishment, including inappropriate selection of stock, poor quality stock, poor planting technique, insufficient irrigation, poor weed control, and inadequate maintenance. Urban tree managers need reliable, accurate and practical indicators of whether street trees have successfully established. A planted tree can only be considered established when the…

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WSUD – Research to Applied

From the outset in 1997 the fledgling TREENET team identified the paradox of urban trees suffering drought conditions in close proximity to abundant water resources which were going to waste and polluting our oceans and waterways. Surely we could join the dots and resolve the dilemma through innovation, research and a little help from our…

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Drone Technology – Options for Aerial Tree Inspections

Utilising unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as an alternative option to climbing inspections offers a quick and novel alternative to certain tree assessments. Whilst not a panacea for all aerial concerns, the results of the aerial footage collected can reduce the number of trees physically climbed or inspected with an EWP.  If completing UAV inspections on…

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The Sunshine Coast Street Tree Master Plan project: safeguarding the livability of the Sunshine Coast one tree at a time.

The Sunshine Coast Council LGA (Local Government Area) presently compares well against other LGAs in Queensland in terms of tree canopy cover.

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A Call to Action – The Virtual War Memorial

A Call to Action – The Virtual War Memorial You might be asking yourself what on earth an old codger like Bob Kearney is doing talking at a TREENET Symposium. Well one of TREENET’s mates heard him spinning a yarn a while ago and thought it would be a good idea. For much of his…

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Tree Protection Zones & the Australian Standard – where did we go wrong?

The creation of Australian Standards in support of improved tree care and management in towns and cities is to be welcomed and applauded.  None more so than in July 2009 when AS 4970 Protection of trees on development sites was published.

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Assessing and Specifying Nursery Tree Stock Quality

John and Colin aspire to produce tree stock at their respective nurseries, based on the premise ‘there is no substitute for quality’. Their workshop will consider key aspects for quality nursery tree stock and some of the issues they deal with from season to season. They will also discuss the formal Australian Standard 2303: 2015…

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Tree Disputes – Managing Expectations

Complementing an excellent discussion at last year’s TREENET Symposium, this forum will capitalise on the collective experience of Judy, David & Greg and their respective roles in tree dispute resolution between local residents and the council, or developers, or between neighbours.

Read More

Innovation in Arboriculture

Innovation has become the latest catchphrase within government and business lately and is widely touted as the force that will disrupt markets and create modern dynamic organisations.
But what is innovation, and how does it apply to arboriculture?

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A toolkit for climate-ready revegetation

Rapid environmental change presents many challenges and uncertainties for planners and decision makers of both urban and natural vegetation. Changes to current practices are needed, based on understanding conditions expected in the future, rather than relying on historical conventions.

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Design Thinking

The workshop introduces the full-cycle of the design thinking process, using the 4D’s: Discover, Define, Develop and Deliver and stressing customer -centred design.

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Drone Technology – Options for Aerial Tree Inspections

Utilising unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as an alternative option to climbing inspections offers a quick and novel alternative to certain tree assessments. Whilst not a panacea for all aerial concerns, the results of the aerial footage collected can reduce the number of trees physically climbed or inspected with an EWP.  If completing UAV inspections on…

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The Woodlea Development & Commemorative Walk of Honour

The coordination of activities between MDG (Landscape Architects), the City of Melton (the local council) and contractors from construction to tree supply is an awesome aspect of the Woodlea development.

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WSUD – Research to Applied

From the outset in 1997 the fledgling TREENET team identified the paradox of urban trees suffering drought conditions in close proximity to abundant water resources which were going to waste and polluting our oceans and waterways. Surely we could join the dots and resolve the dilemma through innovation, research and a little help from our…

Read More

Taking it to the Streets – Celebrating a Twenty Year History of TREENET

As we celebrate twenty years since the origin of TREENET, it is perhaps worth recalling that it grew from a clash of urban trees and constructed infrastructure and the different perspectives of professions – engineering and horticulture – that managed urban trees. It is timely to take stock of where we stand on such matters…

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all-presenters

One Day Only

$450

  • Attend either day of our 2017 street tree symposium
  • First ticket complimentary for members of TREENET, additional tickets receive 15% discount
  • Students receive 50% discount

Both Days

$900

  • Visit both days of our 2017 street tree symposium
  • First ticket complimentary for members of TREENET, additional tickets receive 15% discount
  • Students receive 50% discount
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