The full conference program has now been released!
The program hosts exciting keynotes such as Dr Chadden Hunter, biologist and wildlife filmmaker for David Attenborough and Dr Carmen Lawrence, former WA premier, as well as hands-on, interactive, limited capacity workshops tackling ever-present issues in our industry. Each afternoon days, you’ll get to choose between field trip options, and you will then explore local sites and scenery while hearing from presenters whose topics relate to the content you are exploring on your tour.
This timetable outlines the full 3 day offerings, including the welcome and WA Coastal Awards for Excellence on the evening of 19 September. All registered conference attendees are invited to attend this event.
Please be aware that this information is tentative and subject to change. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us.
A separate abstract booklet is available for download for information on all presentations.
Regenerative Agriculture Pabel:
Regenerative agriculture is a holistic approach to land management that aims to hold water in the landscape, improve soil health, store carbon and increase biodiversity. This ecosystem approach aims to renew landscapes while supporting an increase in productivity. The principles and approaches of regenerative agriculture are gaining increasing popularity, with a rapidly growing number of farmers focusing on soil health as paramount to optimising agricultural productivity. There is growing awareness, that has ramped up considerably in the past couple of years, that the agricultural sector can play a vital role in storing carbon, and that building resilience to the increasing impacts of climate change is essential to agricultural resilience. Hon Alannah MacTiernan, The Minister for Regional Development, Agriculture and Food, also Minister for Natural Resource Management, is a keen advocate for regenerative agriculture and under her leadership Regenerative Agriculture has received increased focus and funding for research. Today we hear from four young achievers, each playing a key role in undertaking or promoting different elements of regenerative agriculture practice. Panellists are Bonnie Jupp, Blythe Canlan, Jake Ryan and Anthony Quinlan.
Healing Country Panel:
The Healing Country Program is a ground-breaking training centre based at Curtin university that will drive a diversified Indigenous-led restoration economy. The goal of the federally funded ARC ‘Training Centre for Healing Country’ is to create and nourish a restoration economy that supports healthy land and transforms Indigenous land management and restoration businesses into a major employer of on-Country regional jobs. The Centre, under the leadership of noted Australian botanical ecologist Professor Stephen van Leeuwen, from Curtin’s School of Molecular and Life Sciences, will fuse Indigenous knowledge and traditional approaches with western science to rehabilitate and restore Country. Panelists for this session are Professor Stephen Van Leeuwen and Carol Innes AM.