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80 students attend Shepparton Forum

Approximately 80 students and teachers from schools across Victoria came together at Shepparton's Dookie Campus from 20th to 22nd October 2010 to discuss, debate and negotiate positions on sustainability within the context of climate change and its impact on rural and urban communities.


The three-day Forum, which was a free event for participating schools, was an opportunity for students to learn about initiatives that address climate change and the issue of sustainable water management in northern Victoria.  Participants listened to presentations from local farmers and local water organisations about the challenges they face in managing their farms and businesses in the face of climate change.  Students also ventured out on field trips to visit local places of interest, including a tour of the local Rubicon factory, examples of old and new irrigation systems, water processing facilities, water sensitive urban design, a modern dairy farm and bio-remediation wetlands.



The Forum which also coincided with National Water Week activities, saw students join local water and natural resource management authorities to host an awards event on the evening of Wednesday 20th at the local Goulburn Valley Hotel.  Students set-up and managed a series of interactive displays to encourage all guests to understand a range of water issues and their impact communities.


Victoria's Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, Dr Kate Auty, attended the Forum on 22nd October. "There is no better place to start meeting the climate change challenge than in schools. Education is a priority as the leaders of tomorrow are our young people," said Dr Auty.


The Forum, managed and coordinated by Jane Stewart and Pat Armstrong from Tomorrow's Leaders for Sustainability (TLfS) Inc. is supported by local businesses, the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA), the City of Greater Shepparton and urban and regional water authorities,


Jane Stewart, one of the Co-Founders of TLfS Inc. says, "It is important to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by all industries as a result of a changing climate.  The Leading the Way Forum will help young people understand and appreciate the key issues of sustainability while participating in challenging activities that will greatly extend their understanding of leadership.


The Forum was supported by the following organisations.





To read the commitments made the students read the documents below.

Commitments to action at home (PDF 274KB)

Commitments to action at school (PDF 271KB)

Commitments to action in the community (PDF 389KB)


For more information about the Forum use our contact page.



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