Talking Sustainability with the Deputy Lord Major, Arron Wood-A teacher professional development event not to be missed! - Reptile Encounters

Talking Sustainability with the Deputy Lord Major, Arron Wood-A teacher professional development event not to be missed!

By New Admin/01 October 2019


The Reptile Encounters Wild PD Series brings you leading minds from across the country to discuss the topics most relevant to your
teaching practice. The aim is to bring educators and wildlife ambassadors together to establish communities that create, innovate and inspire future generations. Delegates will take away strategies to incorporate sustainability teaching into curriculum, insight into the most current sustainability practices and loads of inspiration.

Join Arron Wood, Melbourne’s Deputy Lord Mayor, as he speaks about how sustainability must be at the core of the economy, people and communities. He’ll talk about the importance of educating the next generation by discussing successful examples of his award-winning peer teaching program Kids Teaching Kids. Arron will also provide some hopeful and helpful insight into how the world is becoming more sustainable, how these changes effect communities and inevitably classrooms, and whether we are implementing these changes quickly enough.


Named in the top ten education leaders nationally as part of The Weekend Australian Magazine, Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year Award-winner Arron Wood grew up in Mildura, Victoria. Spending his early years campaigning to save the River Murray, he rather aptly titled his autobiography ‘Billabong Boy’ as it was inspired by those early years. Arron is the Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne and an expert in sustainability. His company won the Victorian Telstra News Ltd Micro Business of the Year. He is founder of the award-winning education program Kids Teaching Kids that has seen over 135,000 students participate in the peer education model since 1999 and was the 3AW environment reporter for many years.

Arron received The Centenary Medal for outstanding contribution to conservation, awarded by the Governor-General and completed a Churchill Fellowship to New York with the United Nations. As a past winner of the United Nations Individual Award for Outstanding Service to the Environment Arron was also the 2001 Young Australian of the Year for the environment. He is currently on the board of South East Water, was the youngest Board Member of the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority, Sustainability Victoria Board Member and a Councilor for City of Melbourne. In what was a huge career highlight Arron’s commitment to the environment was covered on ABC’s Australian Story. From a boy who was told to regularly ‘be quiet’ in school to someone who now uses his voice to inspire others.


The evening begins with drinks and sustainably, ethically and locally sourced canapes in the awe-inspiring Treetops space at the Melbourne Museum. This is an excellent opportunity to network with like-minded educators, service providers and members of local government. You will then be welcomed by hosts Reptile Encounters, after which you will be enthralled by the knowledgeable and engaging Arron Wood. The evening concludes with an opportunity to interact with some of Reptile Encounters’ feathered, furry and scaly stars and further time to network.


Date: Wednesday 13th of November
Time: 5pm – 7pm
Venue: Treetops Space Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street Carlton
Cost: $80pp


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