July event: What? Music – Why does it matter?

What an engaging event:

Thanks to Paul and David for such an educative experience, and thanks to all of our attendees.

See the video of the event here

Music is an integral part of our lives. From very early ages we are exposed to music with rhythms and rhymes as an important part of childhood development. Music elicits emotional responses, fosters creativity and helps in our understanding of the world and our place in it. There is also evidence of the health and social benefits of music at all stages of life. 

Despite the benefits and beauty of music, there are questions whether as a society we value music in all its forms. If it is valued are we maximising the benefits of music for individuals and for the broader community through supportive and effective education programs for children in schools and diverse musical opportunities for society.

Discussing these important questions next Wednesday 10th July 2019 at a forum presented by the Newcastle Institute will be Dr David Banney and Mr Paul Bevan.

David and Paul worked together on ABC Newcastle presenting Banney’s Baton Banter, a fascinating discussion examining music in all its forms. David is conductor, a composer, and a music educator as well as practising locally as doctor. In addition to his role as a former ABC presenter, Paul has had a lifelong commitment to musicand in particular singing. He also played a crucial role in the establishment of the Hunter Orchestra.

In addition to discussing why music matters, David and Paul will provide an encore of their banter. This offers devotees of this former ABC Newcastle program with the opportunity to once again listen to these musical experts deliver a fascinating insight into music and its elements. This is a unique opportunity for followers of Banney’s Baton Banter, and others with a commitment, interest and love of music to understand why music must matter.

The event will commence at 6pm and conclude at 7.30pm. Everybody is welcome and registration is possible by clicking the link at the right.

Newcastle as a restorative city.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/weekend-australian-magazine/making-it-personal-does-restorative-justice-work/news-story/bca241dca66363c7c6aac65ccf979ea5

Our June forum at the Newcastle Institute will be looking at Restorative Justice

What is a Restorative city? What is Restorative Justice?

The Restorative City movement grew out of restorative justice initiatives, which seeks to transform the cultural and social fabric of a city to focus on building strong and healthy relationships in finding a constructive solution to crime, rather than relying on the justice system to apply a punitive approach.

Here is the video stream of the presentation.

Professor Tania Soudin– Dean of Newcastle Law School, Uni of Newcastle
Professor John Anderson, Dr Nicola Ross–Uni of Newcastle
Superintendent Daniel Sullivan- Lake Macquarie Police Local Area Commander
Magistrate Nell Skinner– Broadmeadow Children’s Court
Kerrie Thompson– CEO VOCAL

The forum starts at 6pm and will be taking place at Souths Leagues Club in Llewellyn Street Merewether.

Some contemporary comment from The Weekend Australian

Everybody is welcome and there will be time for questions and interaction.

Please use the link on the right to register. Members should select the member option to access their complimentary entry.

One Health for a Challenged World

For our May event, taking place on Wednesday May 8, we have a special treat.

Professor Peter Doherty is a leading Australian Scientist, former Australian of the Year, won the Nobel Prize for his immunology research, and has (so far) written six books explaining cutting-edge  science for the general public.  He will be visiting Newcastle to speak at a Newcastle Institute public forum on the challenges of healthcare around the globe.

Watch the Facebook stream of this very edifying and very relevant presentation only ten days out from a Federal election.

Originally from Queensland, Professor Doherty now heads up a research institute at Melbourne University.  While continuing his immunology research, he has broader concerns about healthcare and science in Australia and around the world.  This includes issues such as evidence-based reality, childhood vaccination, global hunger and anthropogenic climate change.

Professor Doherty’s visit to Newcastle comes at a time of increasing international action to improve global health – the ‘One Health World’ challenge – driven by the WHO,the Global Fund and the Gates Foundation, among others. Professor Doherty has been one of the leaders of this initiative internationally.  His perspective on this challenge, and what it means to Australia’s future, will be of interest to anyone interested in the healthcare and our future security in an increasingly interconnected world.

It is a rare privilege to hear and meet a Nobel Laureate, but especially one who has stepped onto the world stage more broadly.  The forum starts at 6pm and will be taking place at Souths Leagues Club in Llewellyn Street Merewether.

Please use the link at the right to register for this event.  Everybody is welcome and there will be time for questions and interaction.

The history, economics and politics of water

Confronting photos of thousands of dead fish in the Darling River have raised our awareness of the need for healthy rivers and a sustainable water management policy framework.

  • What is happening?
  • Why?
  • What should we be doing?

Lin Crase , Professor of Economics at the University of South Australia will speak with us about the history, economics and politics of water, especially in the Murray Darling Basin.

Lin is considered one of the world experts on water and has worked on projects in SE Asia, Japan and Europe as well as here in Australia.

Video stream from the evening’s event is below.

 

 

First event for 2019 – Learnings from the North

Last Wednesday at Souths saw a thought provoking beginning to the year’s program for the Newcastle Institute – a key message and question for all of us is to recall the power that can be garnered in positive policy making by seeking answers and opinions from questions like: “What sort of society do we want ours to be?”

It progresses from there, then, that corporations, countries, schools and industries, start ups, groups generally, can reflect on the question of: “If our *corporation* was a person, what would we want others to say about it and relate to it?”

There’s a copy of the Facebook stream of the event below.

 

2019 at the Newcastle Institute

Welcome to the Newcastle Institute for 2019.  It has been great to see so many of our inaugural members for 2018 renewing their memberships for 2019.  Our committee and our program convenor for 2019, Robert Logan, have been working to prepare an interesting and diverse program for this year, with our first event scheduled for Wednesday March 13 at Souths.

You can see details of our first four events by clicking the 2019 Program link in the top menu bar.

Members enjoy free entry to all events with casual attendance available by registering using the link on the right or attending on the night.  To cover our venue hire costs and other expenses for hosting presenters etc, we request a $10 donation at the door.

Everybody is welcome at our events, which generally take place on the second Wednesday of each month from March to November inclusively.

The Newcastle Institute has decided that we will not host a candidates’ forum for either the State of Federal elections coming up this year.

New members are welcome, and you can use the link at the right to access our membership management system and subscribe online.

We look forward to welcoming you to our events.

Last event for 2018 – Michael Ondaatje – Following the US situation

Come along to the last Newcastle Institute event for 2018 on Wed 7th November at 6.00pm.  Our speaker is Michael Ondaatje.

Michael Ondaatje has been a popular speaker at previous Newcastle Institute events. He is a regular commentator on US politics in the Australian and international media. Academically, he is National Head of Arts at the Australian Catholic University, a prize-winning researcher and teacher, and a recipient of the Max Crawford Medal. Recently he was selected by the United States government for an International Leadership professional exchange program.

If you’d like to see our livestream from Wednesday’s presentation please see the video below:

Michael’s presentation at the Newcastle Institute on Wednesday 7th November 2018 will coincide with the US mid-term elections.  There should be much to reflect on and consider for the future of the Trump presidency.

As always, the evening will include plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Speaking for the Region

Maximising opportunities for the Hunter through a unified voice

The September 2018 release of The Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan 2036  https://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/~/media/Files/DPE/Plans-and-policies/greater-newcastle-metropolitan-plan-2018.ashx reminds us that communities prosper when a strategic approach to planning and a shared vision incorporates all tiers of government, business, industry and community.

Building on the experience of other cities around the world, including Bilbao, Spain, Portland, USA, Halifax, Canada and Cardiff, Wales, the plan envisions Newcastle and the Hunter as a globally significant, dynamic, entrepreneurial, desirable and national leader in the new economy.

The Committee for the Hunter was established to maximise opportunities for the Hunter through a unified voice.

Newcastle Institute will host a forum on the The Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan 2036 and the Committee for the Hunter.

Speakers include:

Richard Anicich AM– Chair of the Committee for the Hunter – ‘Challenges and Opportunities in a unified voice’

Prof Will Rifkin– Director, Hunter Research Foundation Centre, Uni of Newcastle, member of Committee for the Hunter – ‘Lessons from around the world’

Anna Chubb– Director, Strategy and Asset Management – Hunter Development Corporation – ‘2036 vision’

Brad Webb– CEO Samaritans – ‘The importance of social capital – the role of NGOs’

Questions to be submitted via Facebook and our website. There will also be an opportunity for questions from the floor.

Open to the Public – All welcome

September Event: Margaret Henry Memorial Lecture

For our September event, on 12th September, we are collaborating with the organisers of the Margaret Henry Memorial lecture to promote this event to the members of the Newcastle Institute and to our email list.

The inaugural Margaret Henry Memorial Lecture will honour the memory of the prominent Newcastle activist who served two terms as a councillor on Newcastle City Council. Renew Newcastle founder, and Patron of the Newcastle Institute, Marcus Westbury will present the lecture, Community, Democracy and Change: Reclaiming Newcastle’s Future.

Newcastle Writers Festival director Rosemarie Milsom will host the free event.

Please note that this event will be held at Newcastle City Hall

In introducing the event, the Newcastle Herald had this to say on August 21st:

“RENEW Newcastle founder Marcus Westbury will deliver the first Margaret Henry Memorial Lecture next month. 

Westbury said delivering the inaugural lecture, titled Community, Democracy and Change: Reclaiming Newcastle’s Future, was an honour. 

“She was courageous, passionate and determined,” he said.” She was not afraid to speak her mind and stand up for those without a voice.

“There is no-one I would feel prouder to honour. I’m lucky to have met her and proud to get a chance to acknowledge her.” 

The lecture was organised by loved ones and friends of Ms Henry, a former deputy mayor and community campaigner who was posthumously made a Freeman of the City in 2016. 

OBITUARY: Margaret Henry

Her daughter Catherine said the lecture would become an annual event. 

“In the lead-up to this event and generally, people say their lives have been deeply enriched by having known mum,” she sad. 

The lecture is from 6pm on September 12 at Newcastle City Hall.

Entry is free but requires registration at margarethenrylecture.eventbrite.com “

Open to the Public – All welcome

Taking control of our energy future

Scroll down to see the video stream of this event.

Securing reliable energy at affordable prices is a significant challenge for Hunter households and businesses.  The Newcastle Institute’s August Forum will present options for how we can take control of our energy usage and costs now, and position ourselves for future energy challenges.

Discussing our energy future will be two experts in energy: Dr Stephen White and Mr Gavin Gilchrist. Stephen leads CSIRO’s energy efficiency research and is a Program Leader in the Low Carbon Living CRC. He is renowned for research into air-conditioning and building thermal design, and is responsible for the NatHERS benchmark software tool, for rating residential home energy efficiency. Gavin is a sustainability consultant with 20 years’ experience in energy efficiency focusing on identifying and delivering energy efficiency and renewable projects. For 14 years Gavin was Director and founder of energy efficiency company, Big Switch Projects, which provided advice to business, governments and households on how to save energy through improved lighting, hot water systems, air conditioning and building design.

Making decisions about securing energy which is reliable, affordable and environmentally sustainable is complex for households and businesses. For many years energy policy has been confused and politicised, market and pricing mechanisms are constantly changing and lack transparency, and technology is advancing. As populations rise and extreme weather events are more frequent as the climate warms, demand for energy is increasing. In this complex environment, households and business energy bills have increased significantly, creating an unaffordable burden for many.

Despite this complexity there are steps households and businesses can take to ensure reliable and affordable energy. Our experts will discuss current policy, market and pricing mechanisms for ensuring secure, affordable and sustainable energy for households and business. They will also present options as to how households and businesses can position themselves for future energy needs.

Open to the Public – All welcome

What?   Public Forum – Taking control of our energy future

When?  6.00 – 7.30pm, Wednesday 8thAugust

Where?Souths Leagues Club, Merewether

Who?     Open to the general public. Members – entry is free; Non-members – Admission $10

Use the button at right to register