Sydney's James Breko Brechney MC'd the event and kicked off the forum with an icebreaker session in which participants made their very own upcycled creations from recycled coat hangers. Next a keynote panel was held which consisted of Liesbeth De Schampheleare from KOMOSIE, Blake Lindley of Edge Environmental, Phil Nanlohy of Reverse Garbage and Matthew Luxon of Envision New Zealand. The panel discussed how networks and collaborations can help to grow resourceful communities.
Afterwards forum attendees split into smaller groups for poster sessions which they could go and hear from a range of people working in or running Community Recycling Enterprises. Poster presenters included Molly Kendall of Resource Work Cooperative, Barbara Gill of Garage Sale Trail, Dare Kavanagh of Reverse Garbage and Carlos Aguado of Endeavour Foundation and Bob Boyd of Hobo Gro.
After lunch forum attendees split into break out groups where attend sessions facilitated by Carla Stacy from Reach Up Consulting, Jean-Louis from Action Sustainability, Kartik Madhira from Paramatta City Council and Sandy Killick from Common Cause Australia.
To finish the afternoon a "World Café" was held where participants huddled in small groups to brainstorm answers to some of the big questions for the sector. The day finished off with wine and Zero Waste Network Annual General Meeting.
On the Friday morning a keynote panel discussed how to grow the reuse sector in Southern Sydney. The panel consisted of Dr Ruth Lane of Monash University, Mark McKenzie of Canterbury-Bankstown City Council, David Kuhn of Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils and Liesbeth De Schampheleare from KOMOSIE.
On the Friday afternoon forum attendees took a tour to the Addison Rd precinct in Marrickville which included a tour of Reverse Garbage's famous reuse warehouse. If you missed the forum don't worry, presentations from the forum will be posted on the Zero Waste Network Australia Website over the coming weeks or you can contact our secretary for copies of the presentations.
Zero Waste Network Australia wishes to extend a big thank you to the working group who worked throughout the year put together: Dare Kavanagh, Marcelle Psaila, Molly Kendall, Miles Lochhead and Matthew Allen. All in all it was a great forum and could not have been done without your help.
Now the only question is in which city should the forum be held next year?