October 21, 2023


DATTA VIC. Making the world a better place.

‘To thank our amazing presenters, we are planting a tree for each of you. We know you already make the world a better place through your work, so we hope this is a fitting gift that embodies the positive impact you have on the planet’. DATTA VIC



DATTA Vic is the professional association for teachers of Design & Technologies in Victoria. The Design & Technologies learning area seeks to empower young people to develop solutions for a sustainable future.



At the 2023 conference Tomorrow’s Innovators, they will be exploring how schools can create environments where young individuals are encouraged to think critically, challenge conventions, and pursue their passions. It is only in Design & Technologies and related VCE subjects that students get to combine creative thinking skills in making and cutting-edge technologies which prepare them to become future leaders, problem solvers, and sustainable innovators.


To thank our amazing presenters, we are planting a tree for each of you. We know you already make the world a better place through your work, so we hope this is a fitting gift that embodies the positive impact you have on the planet.

Thank you also to Fifteen Trees! We can’t wait to work with you again.

Laura Murphy | Executive Education Officer | DATTA VIC


Most speakers at a conference will receive a gift such as a bottle of wine, a big bunch of flowers, which are very sweet gestures for their time. But we are loving new requests from organisations and companies, who instead ask us to organise the gift of trees planted on behalf of their presenters.

One such company is Datta Victoria (Design and Technology Teachers Association, who have committed to funding the planting of 30 trees for their upcoming teacher’s conference in Melbourne this December.


Datta attendees.


Datta is a member-based organisation who provide advice and support for teachers through:

  • Fostering the study and teaching of Design & Technologies,
  • Delivering professional learning workshops and conferences,
  • Creating teaching resources,
  • Offering networking opportunities,
  • Supporting pre-service teachers with placements and mentors,
  • Developing partnership programs and
  • Advocating with government, industry, and the tertiary sector.


Whilst a bottle of wine or flowers is a lovely gesture, we love the idea of giving a gift of native trees planted by our local volunteer planting groups. A gift for the future.


Raakajlim is a 490ha conservation property in the Mallee of northwest Victoria. Raakajlim borders Hattah-Kulkyne National Park and is the land of the Latji Latji people. It was there that we organised the planting of 30 trees on the behalf of DATTA VIC.


The trees were planted by students from Carey Baptist Grammar School.


Some of the species planted included; Slender Cypress Pine, Sugarwood, Cattlebush, Umbrella Wattle, Gumbi Gumbi, Pimelea Daisy-bush, Slender-leaf Mallee, Red Mallee, Elegant Wattle, Silver Hakea, Mallee Teatree, and Common Emubush.


Some of the birdlife at the Raakajlim.


The Slender Cypress Pine is a key food plant for the Pink Cockatoo. This beautiful bird was listed as endangered under the federal EPBC Act in March 2023. The decline of Pink Cockatoos is closely linked to the decline of native Pine in Victoria. As well as being a food plant, Cockatoos nest in hollows of Pine trees that are at least 100 years old. This revegetation project is investing in the future for this bird.


Thank you to the supporters of Fifteen Trees. With your contribution, Mallee Conservation can restore habitat for the beautiful, endangered Pink Cockatoo. It also supports Traditional Owner self- determination for our local mob and inspires school students to love our beautiful Mallee landscape.

Yep, tree planting, really can do all that!

Fiona Murdoch | Secretary | Friends of Mallee Conservation



If you would like to know more running sustainable conferences and events, read our blogpost on this very topic where we give you 15 suggestions and ideas.


Writer – Lou Ridsdale

Lou a green thumb, Earth Lover, big-hearted nature freak, plus a savvy media and horticulture expert, who passionately believe that everyone can lead a more nourishing and sustainable life. Lou founded Food Is Free Inc., a unique grassroots food security platform specialising in food security education. She fell in love with trees after reading The Magic Faraway Tree as a child. You can find Lou here



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