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MEFL was proud to hold its inaugural conference, Spark 2016, on 18–19 August, in and around the Brunswick Town Hall.

Cr Samantha Ratnam, Mayor of the City of Moreland
Cr Samantha Ratnam, Mayor of the City of Moreland

More than 200 delegates gathered for the event, inspired to ignite local action on climate change. Attendees included representatives from state and local government, business leaders, renewable energy experts, climate campaigners, students and community members.

More than 50 speakers from amongst Australia’s most active contributors across the energy sector were involved in the Spark 2016 plenary sessions and workshops.

Attendees engaged in a warm buzz of discussion with peers during breaks. There was a festival atmosphere during the conference opening lunch on Saxon lawn, out in the sunshine with music and entertainment. Wonderful local food and coffee, various entertainment acts, a film screening and a walking tour showcasing local sustainable energy projects rounded out intensity of the plenary sessions and workshops.

Feedback from attendees has been overwhelmingly positive. In our post-conference survey 93% of respondents rated their satisfaction with the overall conference as excellent or very good.

Thank you to all of the speakers and delegates who contributed to the interesting and informative discussions. And thank you to those who contributed to the #meflspark2016 Twitter feed, and had us trending on Day 1!



“Great speakers, workshops and incredible energy around. Now to ‘activate’ our community.” Yarra Energy Foundation @_YEF

“If there is a more impressive young woman on the planet than I don’t expect to ever meet her.” Nat Abboud @natabboud1

“Great job @AlisonRoweAU, @MEFLnews for great day ‘igniting local action on climate'” Toby Kent @tobykent01

“Arriving home from brilliant #meflspark2016 with @future_crunch in head and rangy plant on bike. Fab work @MEFLnews” Jeremy Dore @DoreJeremy

Jeremy Dore
Jeremy Dore with bike and plant