Our Nature Connections
Panelists from multi-generations, talent and cultures discuss important old nature traditions and new traditions we must cultivate to preserve our planet and cultures.
Bhakthi Puvanenthira (@bhakthi), editor of ABC Everyday. Previously, she was managing editor of Crikey, covering politics and the media as well as a journalist and editor at The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald reporting on arts, entertainment and business. Bhakthi is currently a judge of the Walkley Awards for Journalism and a regular media commentator.
Dean Stewart, a passionate Wemba Wemba-Wergaia man and cultural educator. Dean owns and operates Aboriginal Tours And Education Melbourne – ‘A-TAEM’, which runs aboriginal cultural walks including the popular “The Aboriginal Yarra River tour ~ ’Walkin Country, Walkin Birrarung”.
Neil Blake, OAM, founding director of the EcoCentre. Neil is our Port Phillip Baykeeper, working with the global Waterkeeper Alliance to keep the Bay in good health for today and future generations. Listen to Neil’s segments on Radio Marinara (3RRR) on the last Sundays of each month.
Jonathan Law, a multi-talent biologist and dancer with Malaysina Chinese heritage, currently working as Partnerships Manager & Knowledge Officer at the Yarra Riverkeeper Association and sits on the Our Future Cities committee. Jonathan has a diverse range of experience and education including public health, climate change, social sustainability, agriculture, urban planning, ecology, animal behaviour and environmental policy.
Sharron Hunter, born in India with Iraqi-Jewish heritage and presently an educator at the EcoCentre. Having studied Anthropology and Koorie Studies, Sharron is passionate for cross-cultural initiatives and social and environmental justice issues. Place Based Education for young people has been a focus for Sharron in her design and delivery of early learning, schools and community education curriculums.
The EcoCentre acknowledges the Kulin Nations, including the Yalukut Weelam clan of the Boon Wurrung language group, traditional owners of the land on which we are located. We pay respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Elder members of our multicultural community.