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Conference Program


We are currently finalising our conference program and are excited about announcing our full suite of Keynote Speakers shortly. Presentations will be held across the two full days of the conference and will cover the following themes:

Thursday 17 May

8:ooam - Registration


  • Keynote Presentation 3


  • Diversity - Creating It! Presentations
  • Diversity - Creating It! Panel Sessions

10:50am - Morning Tea


  • Linkages & Corridors Presentations
  • Linkages & Corridors Panel Session

12:45pm - Lunch


  • Keynote Presentation 4


  • Practical Action Presentations

3:20pm - Afternoon Tea


  • Practical Action Panel Session
  • Wrap Up of Day 2 and Concluding Statements

Wednesday 16 May

8:00am - Registration


  • Welcome and Housekeeping
  • Welcome to Country
  • Welcome from Dignitaries
  • Keynote Presentation 1
  • Keynote Presentation 2

10:00am - Morning Tea


  • Local Threatened Species Presentations
  • Local Threatened Species Panel Session

12:30pm - Lunch


  • Threatening Processes Presentations
  • Threatening Processes Panel Session

3:20pm - Afternoon Tea


  • Waterways Management Presentations
  • Waterways Management Panel Session

5:10pm - Wrap Up of Day 1

6:30pm - Conference Dinner

Additionally, a series of workshops are being planned for Tuesday 15 May which will also be the date of the Welcome Drinks event. Be sure to check this page over the coming weeks for updates.

Keynote speakers

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Dr Anne Kerle

Born and bred in the NSW Riverina, I was raised with a deep interest in the natural world, the landscape around me and my local community. This subsequently led me to become an ecologist, a profession I have followed for some 35 years across many places and landscapes: from tropical northern Australia to the arid centre and the western slopes and plains of NSW, as well as Vanuatu and sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island. I have lived and worked in NSW, west of the mountains, for the last 23 years.

I have a holistic, landscape view of environmental issues. My professional interest lies predominantly in understanding the interactions between the landscape, plants and animals and doing all I can to ensure the survival of our wonderful Australian natural heritage, alongside agricultural production. My passion, however, lies in mammal ecology, having studied the Brushtail Possum in Arnhem land for my PhD. I have also completed a Masters of Environmental Law.

I have worked in both the public (Local, State and Commonwealth governments) and private sectors. As a consultant I have been engaged in strategic planning, natural resource management and monitoring, ecological surveys and impact assessment, policy and legislative reviews, education and training in environmental assessment and monitoring, and the review, evaluation and analysis of existing information and data.

I have been appointed to several natural resource management boards and committees, notably the Central West CMA Board and NPWS Western Rivers Regional Advisory Committee. I am currently a member of the NSW Threatened Species Scientific Committee which has responsibility for determining whether nominated species or vegetation communities should be listed under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.

I have always taken every available opportunity to work closely with the community, and especially with our young citizens, informing and teaching in an easily accessible way about the beauty and importance of our natural surroundings. This includes the publication of two books and habitat management guides, working with filmmakers and running activities such as “Skulls, Scats & Sign”, “Birds, Bats & Bees” and Streamwatch with school children, Girl Guides and local communities. 

When not working I take any opportunity I can find to just be out bush, birdwatching, photographing and looking for little treasures such as native Australian ground orchids.

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Ben Peacock

Ben Peacock is Founder and Executive Creative Director at the Republic of Everyone, an award-winning and world-leading community, sustainability, and all round do-good company.

Ben combines creativity with change making to achieve the company's mission to "make doing good, good for business". He's on a mission to create 100 ideas that change the world.

Among them so far are the award winning 202020 Vision, Australia's biggest community day, the Garage Sale Trail and Grow it Local, a fun way to get people to compost and grow their own food.

Ben's book, 'Lessons from My Left Testicle', is about beating cancer and learning to live. He is a spokesperson for the Cancer Council.