Members of HMA (SA) attended an interesting, informative but at the same time, challenging evening dinner meeting on Tuesday, April 13. The meeting was held at the Robin Hood Hotel in Kensington and guest speakers were Alex Czura and Shaun Kennedy both from SA Water. June Taylor reports.
Prior to the official speaker’s presentations, members enjoyed a ‘Show and Tell’ around the table. Alex later commented that there was so much passion in the room and he was certainly correct with 24 members attending the evening including the CEO of the Master Landscaper’s Association, Amanda Grocock, President of the Nursery and Garden Industry in SA, David Eaton, and Director of Adelaide Botanic Gardens, Dr Lucy Sutherland, as well as a large cross section of passionate industry members.
President of HMA (SA) Trevor Nottle introduced the speakers and during their interesting presentation, members were treated to information about collaboration to plant more trees using water sensitive urban design. They were shown a ’Smart Meter’, which uses real time data to optimise water efficiency. Alex also showed his audience excellent examples of tree root barriers that protect water pipes. He also outlined the most effective way of watering for cooler, greener communities in a changing climate.
Alex has 13 years of experience managing climate change mitigation and adaption, environmental impact assessments and leading environmental improvement projects for the community. He is passionate about effective water use to drive healthy, thriving communities while increasing the liveability for South Australians. “To help keep our communities cooler and greener, SA Water is implementing leading smart technologies and we are now partnering with local councils,” Alex told the group.
Shaun Kennedy has had 20 years in the design and delivery of a broad range of ecological restoration projects. His projects cover more than 1100 hectares and include several prominent landscape installations featuring indigenous plants. He spoke about native plants and how to achieve certain effects using various types of these plants. Shaun addressed the issue of planning a climate-adapted garden. “I’m keen to see more home owners embrace native South Australian plants in their gardens and hence enjoy the many benefits that flow from growing plants that belong,” Shaun said.
The next dinner meeting is on Tuesday, June 17 at the Robin Hood Hotel in Kensington with guest speaker the Hon. David Speirs MP, Minister for Environment and Water, South Australian. Cost is $50 (HMAA members). To book, or find out more about the event, contact Dianne Hall on email: firstname.lastname@example.org.