Free, booking required.


Fri 18 Mar
6:00 pm – 7:10 pm
Panel Talk 1
Fri 18 Mar
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Panel Talk 2


Melbourne Connect - Forum 1
700 Swanston Street, Carlton VIC, Australia


Wheelchair Access

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Landscape Construction Through Fire, Landscape Construction Through Water Past Event

Presented by Melbourne Connect

The Indigenous Knowledge Institute present two linked panel discussions focusing on landscape construction through fire and through water from an Indigenous and historical lens. Each panel features different panelists including Associate Professor Michael-Shawn Fletcher. The rejuvenation of Indigenous knowledge in this space is important for better environmental management and design. They will touch on science, design, geography, engineering, agriculture, cultural burning, and archaeology.


Michael-Shawn Fletcher, University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Michael-Shawn Fletcher is a Wiradjuri man and Director of Research Capability at the Indigenous Knowledge Institute. He is also a physical geographer and Assistant Dean (Indigenous) for the Faculty of Science at the University of Melbourne. Michael’s interests are in the long-term interactions between humans, climate, disturbance, and vegetation at local, regional, and global scales. His current work involves looking at historical environmental records from across the Southern Hemisphere to reconstruct how the environment has changed.

Dave Wandin, Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Aboriginal Corporation

Uncle Dave Wandin is a member of the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Aboriginal Corporation and chairperson on the board for the Wandoon Estate Aboriginal Corporation, which represents the Wurundjeri people, the Aboriginal owners of the historical property “Coranderrk” in the Yarra Valley. Coranderrk was set up as an Aboriginal Reserve in 1863 and was led by William Barak (who Wandin is a descendant of).

Bruce Pascoe, University of Melbourne

Professor Bruce Pascoe is a Yuin, Bunurong and Tasmanian man. He has published 36 book including Dark Emu which won the NSW Premier’s Award for Literature in 2016 and Young Dark Emu which won the both the Booksellers Association Prize and the CBCA Non-fiction award in 2020. He has published numerous essays and journalism both in Australia and overseas. Bruce is also a farmer and grows Australian Aboriginal Grains and tubers. He is a Board Member of First Languages Australia, Black Duck Foods, and Twofold Aboriginal Corporation.

Tammy Gilson, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Tammy Gilson, Wadawurrung ba-gurrk (woman), is the Aboriginal Partnerships Coordinator for the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning in the Grampians region and has extensive knowledge of Cultural heritage and natural resource management including traditional fire burning practice. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Land and Sea Country Management and is heavily involved with the National Firesticks Alliance Group. Tammy is a lead contact to host the upcoming Victorian Aboriginal Women’s Role in Firesticks Workshop on Wadawurrung Country. Tammy is also an award-winning fibre artist whose work informs diverse layers of traditional knowledges. Tammy’s passion is to return fire back to Country and work with different eco-systems that provide resources for Cultural practices.

Maddison Miller, University of Melbourne

Maddi Miller is a Darug woman living and working on unceded Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Wilam Biik. She is an archaeologist, artist, writer, and is currently a research fellow at The University of Melbourne. Maddi’s research focuses on storytelling as a mechanism for bringing together multiple ways of knowing. Maddi has previous experience working in government and was selected to be part of the Australian delegation to the UNESCO world heritage meeting in 2019.

Bradley Moggridge, University of Canberra

Associate Professor Bradley Moggridge is a proud Murri from the Kamilaroi Nation living on Ngunnawal Country in Canberra. His research area is Indigenous Water Science and how traditional knowledge influences the way we manage water and how it can bring back good water. Bradley has qualifications in hydrogeology (MSc) and environmental science (BSc) and is a part-time PhD candidate at the University of Canberra. He was the Indigenous Liaison Officer for the Threatened Species Recovery Hub under NESP for 5 years. Over the past 25 years, Bradley has worked extensively in water and environmental science, cultural science, regulation, and water planning and management, including policy development, legislative reviews, applied research, and project management.

Melissa Kennedy, Tati Tati Kaiejin

Melissa Kennedy is a Tati Tati woman from the Murray River region in Northwest Victoria advocating for Traditional Owner sovereignty, self-determination, and water justice. As the Tati Tati Aboriginal Water Officer, Melissa’s role in the community includes supporting river restoration projects, creating spaces for traditional knowledge gathering and sharing, as well as engaging with various environmental stakeholders to progress First Nations water and land care objectives.

Paul Gordon, Ngemba Elder

Paul Gordon is a Ngemba man, born at Brewarrina. He grew up in a tin humpy on the Barwon River in north western New South Wales, Australia. Since 1983, he has spent most of his time with the Old Men doing cultural activities and being taught by them Aboriginal Lore. Today Uncle Paul is recognised as a senior Elder and is one of the highest initiated Aboriginal men in NSW. As a traditional knowledge holder and custodian of Aboriginal Lore throughout Australia, Uncle Paul wants to share ceremony with all people. To this end, he has travelled, taught, and connected with other Lore men and women all throughout Australia. For the last three decades, he has been running camps and workshops for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to reconnect to culture.