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Chris Chesterfield (Aus)

Chris Chesterfield

During his career of more than 30 years in the water and environment industry, Chris has held a number of senior executive roles including founding CEO of the Office for Living Victoria. He is nationally recognized for his leadership in waterway and urban water management and for establishing Melbourne as a world leader in water sensitive urban design.

Since 2014, Chris has been a director at the Co-operative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities leading a number of national research and development projects across Australia and working to promote Australian water innovation internationally.


Abstract Title

A River Shapes a City: The Great Yarra Urban Parklands



The story of the Yarra River is the story of Melbourne. Created by Bunjil in Wurundjeri Dreaming, turned into a drain by the first Europeans, the City turned its back on the River until its rediscovery and revival over many decades.  Now protected under legislation (Willip gin Birrarung murron) over 3000 hectares of River land have been declared as the Great Yarra Urban Parklands and are to be managed as part of a ‘single, integrated living entity’. This keynote presentation will explore the how the Yarra River has shaped Melbourne and how the Great Yarra Urban Parklands give us the opportunity to reshape the way we imagine Melbourne today.

Earlier Event: October 15
Jayne Miller (US)
Later Event: October 15
Karen Keenleyside (Canada)