By Margaret Cook
The 2019 Green Stream was held on Giabal and Jarowair country as part of the AHA conference in Toowoomba. With a keynote address, 25 papers, a film (Gardens of Stone: Living Landscapes) and a digital exhibition on urban water, a diverse range of media and topics was on offer. The Green Stream started strongly with Nancy Cushing’s stimulating keynote address “#CoalMustFall: Revisiting Newcastle’s Coal Monument in the Anthropocene” which introduced several themes that reappeared throughout the conference, encouraged by the single stream that fostered cross-panel discussions. Topics ranged from animals, soil, water, Indigenous fire practices, gender, floods, rail, technology, memory and memorialisation. Environments discussed included Antarctica, swamps, oceans, national parks, urban and rural. Presenters were established academics, early career researchers, postgraduate students and independent scholars; new and familiar faces. The Green Stream is flourishing and attracting new members, perhaps helped by the abundant catering by East Street Toowoomba and funded by the Colong Foundation for Wilderness that saw us well fed at the film night and extremely popular the next day.
As a co-convenor with Julie McIntyre, I would like to thank everyone for their continuing support of the Green Stream — for attending, chairing, offering high-quality papers and questions, and for a fun week of knowledge sharing and camaraderie. A big thanks to Catherine Dewhirst on the AHA organising committee for her outstanding organisation and assistance. I look forward to seeing you at next year’s Green Stream at the AHA conference to be hosted by Deakin University at Geelong, 29 June-3 July 2020.