Lecture at the Old University of Malta, St Paul’s St, Valletta.
President of the International National Trusts Organisation, will focus on the fundamental pillars underpinning a community’s future, sustainable environmental management and balanced land use.
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Professor Simon Richard Molesworth AO, QC
Professor Simon Molesworth, an Australian, has been a Queen’s Counsel for twenty years, since 1995, specialising as a barrister in environmental, planning, heritage, natural resource and climate change law. He has been a Professorial Fellow with Monash University since 2013 and prior to that was a professor with La Trobe University’s Institute of Social & Environmental Sustainability. He is a Certified Environmental Practitioner and a fellow of five professional institutes covering diverse disciplines including law, environmental management, planning and management.
Professor Molesworth has been the Executive Chairman and President of the International National Trusts Organisation (INTO) since its foundation. INTO brings together National Trusts and like heritage organisations world-wide with combined memberships of more than seven million people and a supporter base of tens of millions more.
He is the author of The Victoria Declaration on the Implications for Cultural Sustainability of Climate Change and regularly speaks at international and national fora on topics as diverse as climate change, sustainability, renewable energy, environmental policy & law and heritage. In 1985 Professor Molesworth became a founder of the then Environment Institute of Australia, an inter-disciplinary professional institute of practitioners whose core discipline is environmental management, becoming its public officer upon incorporation, remaining in that office for 15 years. Overseeing its expansion into New Zealand, he was EIANZ president for ten years.
Having founded in 1978 in his home State of Victoria the first environmental law organisation in Australia, he subsequently was a founder in 1983 and inaugural president of the National Environmental Law Association of Australia (NELA). Then in 1990 he founded and became inaugural chairman for 8 years of the Environment Defenders Office, a specialist environmental public interest legal centre in Victoria, which led to similar environmental legal centres being established in all states and territories of Australia.
2015 is Professor Molesworth’s thirty-seventh year providing leadership to the National Trust movement. In the heritage field he was chairman and then president for almost 20 years of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria); chairman of the Australian Council of National Trusts for 5 years; a Commissioner of the Australian Government’s Australian Heritage Commission for 5 years; and for 14 years a member of the Australian Government’s National Cultural Heritage Committee, responsible for the Protection of Moveable Cultural Heritage Act.
A recipient of many awards, including the Australian Environmental Law Award for being a person who has “made an outstanding contribution to the development and understanding of environmental law in Australia“. In 1994 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, primarily for his services to the National Trusts in Australia. In 2012 he was elevated to an Officer of the Order of Australia for “distinguished service to conservation and the environment, to heritage preservation at national and international levels, to the professions and natural resource sectors”.
Professor Molesworth will be visiting Malta on the invitation of Din l-Art Helwa and will deliver a public talk on the importance of planning and the protection of the environment and heritage in densely populated areas at the Old University of Malta in Merchant St., Valletta on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 11 a.m. He will also be meeting environment NGOs, academics and planners involved with environmental management and sustainable development.