Michael Howard, a lecturer at RMIT and a recent resident within Moorabool, saw an article published in the Moorabool News on the establishment of the Arboretum Committee. He approached them with an offer to make it the subject of his next RMIT Design Studio.

The Ballan Arboretum Group would like to thank the RMIT students for the ideas presented in this book as well as the Moorabool Shire for their winter grants program that helped to fund this publication.

The below gallery shows the RMIT students designs that were displayed throughout the township for all to see.


RMIT design students conducted a walking tour around Ballan to view arboretum designs on display in business shop windows. Each student presented their design ideas to a gathering of interested locals.

The interactive book launch was held on March 20, 2015.

Following the tour the book was officially launched by Dr Greg Moore, Senior Research Associate, University of Melbourne.
Dr Moore spoke passionately about the benefits of trees to the environment, climate and social wellbeing. He praised our exciting vision of a whole of town arboretum and emphasised our actions would leave a valuable legacy for future residents of Ballan.