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Growth and Respect – the Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub

Barlow St
Haymarket NSW 2000

Sunday 30 May from 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Join collaborative group the Dirt Witches for a free panel discussion centred on the eastern suburbs banksia scrub, led by Dr Prudence Gibson, with Brendan Kerin, Nicole Lewis and Dr Geoff Lambert.

The eastern suburbs banksia scrub is a critically endangered scrub featured in the Barlow Street Forest – a City of Sydney commissioned artwork created by the Dirt Witches.

The discussion will begin at the Barlow Street Forest and move to Darling Square Library, with panellists revealing the complex riches of the banksia scrub, the challenges faced by its caretakers and the work undertaken to restore its biodiversity.

This is part of a series of events held by the Dirt Witches in response to their City Art temporary laneway artwork, Barlow Street Forest. Check out additional events on Eventbrite.

Your panel:

Dr Prudence Gibson (UNSW Art and Design) is an academic and author of three books on plant philosophy and plant art, and is a Dirt Witch.

Brendan Kerin is an artist, musician, storyteller and dancer. He was one of the original Discovery Rangers to conduct tours around greater Sydney, teaching culture, traditional bush medicines and bush food.

Nicole Lewis (Moriah College) is an environmental educator who fosters a deep connection to the earth through outdoor education.

Dr Geoff Lambert is a professional neuroscientist, an amateur ecologist and is the Secretary of the North Head Sanctuary Foundation.


Please be advised that this panel discussion will be filmed and shared with others. The video will feature panellists, however, audio will pick up conversations between panelists and the audience. 

Wet Weather:

This program is held outdoors and subject to weather conditions. Please keep an eye out for communication from the City of Sydney concerning event changes in the instance of rain.

Ticket Cancellation:

If you or someone you have booked a ticket for is no longer able to attend this event, please cancel your ticket through Eventbrite, allowing others to join.

Covid-safe information

  • Each person attending must have a ticket and only those who have booked a ticket will be allowed at this event

  • If you have booked a ticket and you are unwell on the day of the tour, please do not attend, get tested and isolate, as required

  • Participants are required to follow physical distancing guidelines during this event

  • Participants will need to check into the event with a Service NSW QR code provided on the day

  • Please check NSW Health for the latest information about wearing a face mask on public transport and during outdoor events.

Contact event organiser

City of Sydney


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