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On Friday 8 May 2020 the email below was sent to those who registered for the HEAT, FIRE & FLOOD forum held on 29 February 2020 at the Phoenix Theatre in Elwood.


Dear HEAT, FIRE & FLOOD Participant

In February you registered for our forum about the climate emergency in Port Phillip and Bayside.

We are writing to you now to let you know that the City of Port Phillip has responded to our resolution at that forum and our call for a public meeting to inform local citizens about Council actions to address the climate emergency and to partner with the community in doing so.

Council has also agreed to meet regularly with PECAN as a key community stakeholder in the development of future strategies and actions.

This is an important step forward.

COVID-19 prevents a Town Hall style meeting happening at this time, but the Council has just announced a series of three webinars to give us all an opportunity to hear about current action, ask questions and brainstorm ideas for working with Council to address the climate emergency.

We urge you to register and attend all three webinars.

Click on the image below for the webinar details and registration link.

A link to the ZOOM webinar will be sent by the council to all who register the day of the webinar. If you have never used ZOOM on your computer, iPad or phone email pecan.org.au@gmail.com and the information you need will be sent to you.

Hope to see you at the first webinar at 5pm this Wednesday 13 May 2020.

All the best from PECAN (Port Phillip Emergency Climate Action Network)


Below are videos of the 15 minute presentations given by Professor Nigel Tapper, Rob Gell and Lalitha Ramachandran. These videos are followed by Questions from the audience and finally the complete two hour video of the forum. Still further below are photos taken by Simon Kosmer of the audience. Simon also prepared the artwork for the header on this page and the PECAN A5 FLYER we distributed to 15,000 letterboxes in Port Phillip and Bayside. We thank all the speakers and the moderator, Esther Abram, for making the forum possible.



A PDF of Professor Nigel Tapper’s presentation

Professor Nigel Tapper

Professor Nigel Tapper completed his PhD on urban climate, a subject matter that was distinctly unsexy at the time. Now, thirty years later and on a warmer planet, Nigel is involved in an expert panel on infrastructure and settlement of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and the Cities as Water Supply Catchments program, helping to bring down the mercury in our urban areas and the planet as a whole. The Cities as Water Supply Catchments is a multi-disciplinary, multi-faculty program funded by the state science agenda and the federal water . . .  READ MORE



A PDF of Rob Gell’s presentation

Rob Gell AM FRGS FEIANZ

Rob Gell is a geographer and specifically a coastal geomorphologist, specialising in the environmental processes that continually shape our coastlines. As such, he has an expert understanding of the Victorian coastline and its formation.

In his professional life he works as an environmental and communications consultant and is an Executive Director of ReThink Sustainability Pty Ltd. and a director of Attentis Technology, an advanced, real time, sensor and intelligence network technology . . . READ MORE. . .



A PDF of Lalitha Ramachandran’s presentation

Lalitha Ramachandran

Lalitha Ramachandran was Senior Project Manager in Sustainability at the City of Port Phillip between 2005 and 2015. She operates her own environment consultancy, Ecosens, and for the last two years she has been based in South East Water as Technical Project Manager.

Lalitha was instrumental in work carried out by the Port Phillip Council on both heat and flood issues, and her work since then has built on this experience in addressing these complex issues. . . . READ MORE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .



Questions from the audience



The complete two hour video of the forum


Photos taken at the forum