Field trips

Note: Field trip selections will be completed online approximately one month prior to the conference.

Tuesday 10 January 2017 — Full day

Session Allocation Leader(s) Field Trip Title Field Trip Abstract
F1.1 Jane Bellamy Kinglake bushfires In a world of Climate change, many countries will face a problem that already plagues Australians – Bushfire. This fieldwork investigates a small region of the 2009 “Black Saturday” bushfires, in the Kinglake Ranges just north of Melbourne. 173 people died in this catastrophe. What are the short and long term implications in the environment, for the economy of the region and for the social structure of the inhabitants of the area? This fieldwork is normally run at Year 11 in the Australian Curriculum (Victoria) Hazards course.
F1.2 Kerry Bainbridge Tourism in the Yarra Valley This fieldwork will investigate the changes in the Yarra Valley produced by the growing tourist industry. We will explore and sample the delights of the Yarra Valley using a variety of techniques, from observation through to more recent technology. There will be a gin tasting ($10) or Healesville Sanctuary visit, winery visit (lunch at own expense), a farm gate visit, a chocolatier and a restored railway in Healesville.   This fieldwork will be of interest to teachers planning fieldwork for the new VCE Geography course, as well as those keen to view a changing and beautiful region of Victoria.
F1.3 Kelly Hack The secret life of Phillip Island Ever wanted to discover the secrets held on and around Phillip Island? Discover the amazing land formations of the Pinnacles and Cape Woolamai, then move on to the World renowned tourism attractions of Phillip Island Nature Park where you will go on an ecotourism cruise adventure around Seal Rocks before moving on to the stunning Penguin Parade before heading back to Melbourne. Plus with a little extra time up our sleeves go to wonderful lookouts and catch some of our furry and flying friends in the area. Suitable for teachers of all year levels, looking at landforms, processes, tourism, biodiversity, human impact and just the love of being out in nature. Some off track walking on the beach and a stable walking path around the beautiful Pinnacle Rocks and long the beach at Cape Woolamai. Be prepared with a jacket if weather is wet or windy.
F1.4 Roger Smith, Dr Ken Marriott and Charmian Gaud Suburbs to Sea This fieldtrip will take a snapshot of one sector of the Melbourne Metropolitan area – the land between the suburbs of Collingwood/Kew and Williamstown,to see what is being constructed at the moment, what is planned for the future and the impacts that these developments are having. The route will follow the River Yarra and that part of Port Phillip Bay where the river enters the Bay – thus the title ‘Suburbs to Sea’. The field trip will begin at Dights Falls, Collingwood, stop in the CBD precinct for a cut-lunch break and conclude in Williamstown where participants will also have the chance to view the Seaworks Precinct and have an evening meal either in the docks area or in a nearby pub or restaurant. The chance to view and investigate these areas of present and future land use change will be made possible through the use of bus, ferry and train facilities and networks. At the end of the field trip participants will be given the opportunity to use the resources distributed during the day i.e. the overlay geographical maps, to carry out an urban planning exercise that could be repeated in the classroom.

Wednesday 12 January 2017 — Half day

Session Allocation Leader(s) Field Trip Title Field Trip Abstract
F2.1 Stephen Matthews Fieldwork using spatial technologies on personal mobile devices This session gives details of free resources modelling the integrated use of spatial technologies via personal mobile devices on fieldwork, from the Victorian Department of Education and Training’s DigiPubs Project. The resources provide methodologies, tutorials and model documents for Years 8 and 9 Geography, but are fully adaptable to Years 7-12 Geography. The session will begin with a guided tour of the resources, experiences from using the materials from a teacher point of view. This will be followed by practical 'field' time outside in the university grounds. We will then return to the presentation room to focus on integrating the technologies and methodologies into participants' existing fieldwork tasks and sharing ideas on further uses for the spatial technologies. For the session, participants will require a ‘smart’ mobile device (GPS/GNSS-equipped phone or tablet), and will be informed in advance of free apps to download for the session, suited to Android and Apple iOS devices. They are also advised to bring with them, existing fieldwork task documents which could be adapted to employ spatial technologies.
F2.2 Anne Miles and Jennifer King Melbourne Docklands: a lesson in urban renewal In 1997, the Victorian Government began the urban renewal project to change the land use of the former Melbourne port to a dynamic and exciting 190 hectare multi-functional extension of the CBD. The project is now 60% complete.
F2.3 Cleo Westhorpe Explore the Melbourne Museum Melbourne Museum is a natural and cultural history museum located in the Carlton Gardens in Melbourne, Australia, adjacent to the Royal Exhibition Building, a World Heritage listed site. The museum holds a huge range of collections and displays including fossils and rock samples, indigenous cultural exhibits, information on the history of Melbourne's European settlement and of course the famous racehorse Phar Lap. You will get a chance to explore at your own pace.
F2.4 Jane Bellamy Redevelopment and renewal: Melbourne's Inner Mixed Zone What is happening in Melbourne to reinvigorate the inner urban area? The old Inner Mixed Zone of Abbotsford, Collingwood and Fitzroy are alive and thriving … but is this sustainable and is it adding to the image of Melbourne as the World’s Most Liveable City (2010-2015)? Why did we drop to 19th in 2016? This fieldwork will provide an overview of some of the developments in this region along the Yarra to the North of the city and into Docklands, with a more intensive investigation of one area. And being Melbourne – this includes coffee and cake!


AGTA 2017 ConferenceThe AGTA 2017 conference will be held from 9-12 January 2017 at the University of Melbourne in Melbourne.