Join us for a discussion on how timber enters the waste stream and how it is removed, recycled and repurposed for new uses—from garden mulch to high-end furniture. Starting with the pallet, we will explore how these humble items are collected, and the journey and potential pathways they can take as they are reused and recycled—or perhaps even crafted into sculptures and homewares to be showcased in the biennial recycled woodwork competition, Create from a Crate.


Nick Somes has spent his career working in sustainability working to reduce the impact of our societies impacts. In his early career he researched and implemented urban stormwater solutions to protect waterways. In more recent years he has focused on large scale revegetation to create greener futures in green and brownfield sites and offset the impacts of urban heat island effects. Nick leads the Ecodynamics Group as they seek to recycle timber, grow plants and create new landscapes throughout south eastern Australia.

Create from a crate
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Mon 13 / Feb 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Queen Victoria Gardens, St Kilda Road, Melbourne , VIC 3004 United States



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