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A localisation model for climate action | Delivering the New Urban Agenda and the SDGs in the Hunter Region

As part of our commitment to the World Urban Campaign (WUC), Compass Housing Services has partnered with Cifal Newcastle to deliver a special, online Urban Thinkers Campus.

The Campus will be conducted as a 5-part webinar series commencing Monday 9th August at 10am.

This webinar series will look at what is being done in the Hunter to deliver the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals in the Hunter Region.

Topics include:

  • The Decade of Action
  • Social Change for Carbon Reduction
  • The role of technology and the transition from fossil fuels
  • The role of local government

The full program can be downloaded HERE.

WEBINAR ONE | 9 August | 10am
The Decade of Action

The first session “The Decade of Action” will introduce the 2021 theme Climate Change and will feature representatives from local action groups.

Addressing the first webinar:

  • Professor Dave Adamson, Compass Housing Services
  • Professor Rob Sanson-Fisher, CIFAL
  • Kelly Hansen, CEO NOVA Women and Children
  • Chris Parish, Coordinator Newcastle Anti-Poverty Alliance
  • Jandy McCandless, Coordinator Hunter Region SDG Taskforce
  • Michelle Faithfull, Coordinator Hunter Homeless Connect

WEBINAR TWO | 16 August | 10am
URBAN LAB SESSION: Social Change for Carbon Reduction


  • Debbie Byrne, Circular Economy Lead, Lake Macquarie Council
  • Meaghan Burkett, Ethical Fields
  • Alice Thompson, CEO Committee for the Hunter

Presentations and workshop on responsible consumption and production

Chair: Professor Dave Adamson

WEBINAR 3 | 23 August | 2pm
The role of technology and the transition from fossil fuels


  • Newcastle City representative on Smart City and the SDGs
  • Warwick Jordan, Coordinator, Hunter Jobs Alliance
  • Tim Askew, Hunter Joint Organisation of Councils
  • Dr Anthea Bill, Lead Economist, Hunter Research Foundation Centre

Workshop on the opportunities and limits of technological resolution of climate change

Chair: Professor Rob Sanson Fisher

6 September | 10am
Urban Thinkers Session: The role of local government


  • Professor Roberta Ryan, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Academic Director Hunter Research Foundation, University of Newcastle
  • Sally Ann Hunting, Director Research Programs Hunter Research Foundation

Workshop discussion of roles and responsibilities of local government and what they need from State and Federal government to support their actions
Chair: Jonathon Wood, Senior Project Officer, Sustainability Advantage, DPIE

Exploring collaboration to develop an innovative VLR for the Hunter region.

VIRTUAL ROUNDTABLE | 13 September | 2pm
Towards a Voluntary Local Review

Chair: Professor Dave Adamson

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