21–23 September 2015

Mandurah Performing Arts Centre • Western Australia

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Preliminary Program

Wednesday 23 September 2015

8.30 am
8.50 am
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Dawn Hawthorn-Jackson, Managing Director, Emu Consulting
Building Meaningful Relationships Between Natural Resource Management Organisations and Traditional Owners
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9.40 am
Indigenous People, NRM and Landcare – Practical Examples in Western Australia

Cair: Mitch Jeffrey
Indigenous NRM and MERI, Biodiversity Conservation Division, Department of the Environment

The main focus of this panel session is on practical examples of how Aboriginal people in Western Australia are already participating in NRM and landcare activities and how these local, on ground initiatives are contributing to community partnerships, regional and national priorities such as Closing the Gap and potential social, environmental and economic outcomes.

The format will be 3 x 10 minute presentations describing three key areas of Aboriginal investment in NRM, followed by 30 minutes of Q&A and discussion.

Panel members are:
  • Mark Chmielewski, Program Manager of the Indigenous Landholder Service with the Department of Agriculture and Food WA
  • Kelly Flugge, Southern Agricultural Indigenous Landholder Service Program Manager with Department of Agriculture and Food WA
  • Carl Beck, CEO with South Coast NRM.
10.30 am
Morning Tea amongst the exhibits
11.00 am
The Boardwalk Theatre


Development of an Indigenous ‘Ranger Incubator Framework’

Rangelands NRM
Chris Curnow

Dance Studio


Control of Opuntia Elatior on Wydgee Station

Department of Agriculture and Food
Andrew Reeves

Fishtrap Theatre


Raising Interest in Another Kingdom: Tales of a Successful Citizen Science Project

WA Naturalists' Club
Roz Hart

11.30 am
The Boardwalk Theatre


Growing Community Capacity and Banking with Kimberley Seeds

Environs Kimberley
Ayesha Moss and Louise Beames

Dance Studio


Landscape Scale Projects – Reducing Threats to Biodiversity in the Pilbara Bioregion

Rangelands NRM / Pilbara Corridors
Ian Cotton and Gaye McKenzie

Fishtrap Theatre


Hot Fires for CaLD PeopleHow to make efficient use of technology in NRM space

GAIA Resources
Piers Higgs

12.00 pm
Lunch amongst the exhibits
1.30 pm
The Boardwalk Theatre


Vegetated Floating Islands Enhance the Ability of Wetlands to Reduce Nutrients and Other Pollutants

FIA Technology Pty Ltd
Bernie Masters

Dance Studio

Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture

Implications of Climate Change on the Aestivating Salamanderfish, Lepidogalaxias Aalamandroides Mees and the Black-Stripe Minnow, Galaxiella Nigrostriata Shipway

Murdoch University
Gary Ogston, Stephen Beatty, Dave Morgan, Brad Pusey and Alan Lymbery

Fishtrap Theatre

Community Involvement

Working with the Community to Increase Environmental Skills and Knowledge in NRM

Shire of Kalamunda
Mick Davis

2.00 pm
The Boardwalk Theatre


Planting with Machines: Using Mature Vegetative Divisions for Ready-Made Wetland Habitat.

Blackwood Basin Group
Joby Rand

Dance Studio

Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture

Let’s Talk Soil Carbon

Dave Cullen

Fishtrap Theatre

Community Involvement

Bird Monitoring and Natural Resource Management

BirdLife Western Australia
Suzanne Mather

2.30 pm
‘NRM Futures’ Q&A Session
The panel session will outline key influences on the future of NRM in WA and provide opportunity for an interactive Q&A session. The format will be 3 x 10 minute presentations describing three key areas for future change followed by 40 minutes of Q&A and discussion.

Chair: Dr Ron Edwards
National Landcare Advisory Council Member

Collecting and Using Data
Dr Denis A Saunders AM
Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists

Technology is increasingly used to measure and monitor, evaluate and organise. It also allows for unique ways of interacting with data and with others and influencing decisions. At the same time, the cost of technology has drastically decreased, for example remote cameras to monitor feral animal numbers and habits, drone surveillance of hard to access areas.
We need a strategic approach to the collection of data required to monitor change in natural resource assets and set priorities on allocation of resources to management of these assets.
The challenge for NRM is how to best use big data and make the most of the digital possibilities available to us. Who should collect the data? What skills and knowledge will help us make best use of what is already available and be ready for what is to come? How can we use new technologies?

Brian Ramsay

Inovact Consulting

Strong relationships and networks in NRM have underpinned achievements to date:
  • Resource management plans at regional and subregional level enabling investment.
  • Networks of specialist staffs, data, and knowledge systems underpinning planning and management.
  • Engagement and strategic investment in capacity enables and leverages involvement and delivery of on ground change.

Relationships have been strained from time to time, changing policy settings and decreasing government investment have shifted power relations and provided challenges for all involved. Decreased funding means, now more than ever, coordination and collaboration and leverage are needed to achieve desired outcomes. How can the NRM sector learn from these experiences and other from sectors to strengthen and build engagement into the future?

Sue Middleton

Public funds are under pressure with aging population, increased costs of health and education and so on. The portion of environment and agriculture funding is about 1% of the total budget and is unlikely to increase, while the challenges we face are enormous and potentially growing.

The challenge for NRM is to demonstrate value for $, and diversify the way funds are generated. However, it is unclear what that actually means and how to go about the transition. NLAC have recently undertaken a project to see if economic value in agricultural production could be attributed to landcare activity. How do we communicate to ensure new and further investment? Economic impact? Social benefit?
3.30 pm
Conference Concludes
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