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VIC Building the Balance Between Hard & Soft Landscape

VIC Building the Balance Between Hard & Soft Landscape

Hear: CPD presentations on the melding of hard and soft elements of outdoor design 
See: the latest in masonry, trees and turf plus valuable networking with industry peers
Touch: the interactive exhibition, built specially for the event at Brickworks Melbourne Design Studio
Taste: amazing food from Gary Mehigan's (MasterChef) Big Kitchen Events

Presentation 1: A Construction Overview of Concrete Masonry Retaining Wall Systems

Daren Gardiner on behalf of Austral Masonry
Austral Masonry will provide an overview on the design and construction of gravity earth retaining structures, and geogrid soil reinforced concrete masonry retaining wall system using a pin interlocking connecting system. The presentation will also include an analysis of soils, discussion of the site investigation check list and detail a study of the reliability of the end product. Key learning outcomes: 

  • Understand the History of Segmental Retaining Walls (SRW’s)
  • Learn How SRW’s Work
  • Discuss Land Planning and Land Use
  • Demonstrate How SRW’s Support Sustainability

Presentation 2: Understanding the Value of Trees

Hamish Mitchell, Managing Director of Speciality Trees

Many institutions, hospitals and indeed councils are now supporting programs that boost society’s engagement with green life for a host of physical and psychological benefits. From an urban design perspective is there more to consider than simply planting more trees? How can suppliers support your design vision around the areas of quality and tree performance? Key learning outcomes:

  • Explain the benefits of the 202020Vision initiative
  • Describe the need for and processes around the Australian Standard (AS2303) Tree Stock for Landscape Use
  • Describe the collective social responsibility to improve community health and wellbeing


Presentation 3: The Value, Life and Aesthetics that Turf Brings to a Landscape

Gary McKenzie, Managing Director of Village Green Turf

Surveys have indicated that a well maintained lawn adds $40,000 to the value of a house. What value can well maintained POS bring to parks, public building and commercial spaces? An attractive area of lawn in a well-designed space draws people in to engage with the space. Hear why Village Green received Plant Breeders Rights in Europe. Key learning outcomes:

  • List the advantage of using PBR varieties
  • Describe the importance of maintenance to achieve quality turf outcomes
  • Explain the importance of specifying particular varieties of turf to ensure quality outcomes

Simply by attending you will go into the draw to win a $250 voucher for Vue de Monde's Bar Lui courtesy of Austral Masonry.

Date: Tuesday 2 June 2015
Time: 5.30pm - 8.00pm
Cost: FREE for AILA members and non-members

RSVP: by 29 May
Venue: Brickworks Melbourne Design Studio, 490 Swan St Richmond. Right near Burnley train station. Click here for map

CPD points: 4

Generously supported by:

2/06/2015 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Austral Brickworks Studio 490 Swan Street RICHMOND VIC 3121

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