02.06.2022Conclusion of the 16th Future Focus Group Program

The 17 participants in the FFG 2021-2022 Program have, since their Induction in February 2021, been working in three project teams as they participated in 15 monthly FFG Workshops and accessed a Melburnian leader as their FFG Mentor. Their FFG journey has concluded this week and they have their Graduation Dinner at Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre later this month.

Secret Garden Melbourne is an ambitious greening project that engages the community and will, in time, transform a ‘grey’ city space into a thriving garden that will surprise and delight Melburnians. It started with an Ideas Competition that asked emerging and student designers to consider the north bank of the Yarra River and present an innovative concept for a Secret Garden.  Students Francesca Sanguinetti and Jeanette Stoffregen from Monash University won first place with their concept ‘Riparian’. The talented design duo has won the chance to turn their concept into reality later this year in collaboration with leading landscape architect Jack Merlo.

The inaugural Melbourne Wellbeing Village event, which will have activities and resources focused on holistic health and wellbeing at River Terrace in Federation Square, will now be between Thursday 25 and Sunday 28 August. Fed Square is taking over formal responsibility for the event from the start of June to align with the completion of FFG participation for Project Team members.  Some Project Team members have elected to stay involved to support the delivery of the event in September.  More details on activities in August will be provided in the July edition of Communiqué.

The Urban Farming 101 event at Federation Square as part of Plant the Seed Melbourne will now be in late August during the Melbourne Wellbeing Village event. A first sponsorship has just been secured, with other potential sponsors being approached.  Some exciting pop ups around popular Melbourne events are also being planned in advance of the August event.  For information on how you can get involved, click here.

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