Diversity - Creating It!
diversity: creating it! - our presenters
Brian Parker has served on Blayney Shire Council for over 30 years working in the Parks Department and progressed to Supervisor in 1997. He has grown and developed his career as a Horticulturist completing Advanced Certificates in Urban Horticulture and Bush Regeneration.
Brian manages much of the natural landscape throughout the shire and has been involved in many environmental projects with a number of organisations regarding natural resource management. These include Planet Ark, Green Army, Conservation Volunteers, Local Land Services, Rotary International, Local Schools, Landcare, NSW Fisheries, NSW Environmental Trust, Orange Aboriginal Land Council and others.
He has designed and project managed the construction of Blayney’s Adventure Playground, receiving a State and a National (Parks and Leisure) award in 2008. Brian had a major role in the Blayney Urban Wetland constructed during 2000 and continues to manage it.
Brian manages Council’s street trees & open spaces, sporting fields, playgrounds, community education, and cemeteries.
Dr Geoffrey Kay
Dr. Geoffrey Kay has spent the past 15 years working on the interface between agriculture (and other industries like forestry) and biodiversity conservation. A research ecologist with a background in biodiversity monitoring and market-based tools for supporting Government-led Private Land Conservation, Geoff has a very keen interest in the role that large-scale transboundary Private Land Conservation programs play in enhancing our natural and cultural farming systems.
Geoff is currently a Senior Project Officer at the Biodiversity Conservation Trust, where he is leading the development of the Trust’s (i) principle evaluation mechanism guiding a $240 million investment into Private Land Conservation (a reverse-auction conservation tender metric), and (ii) state-wide biodiversity monitoring, evaluation and reporting program.
In addition to decades working in South-eastern Australia, Geoff has developed extensive experience working in other systems including in Central and Northern Australia, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, Greenland and Antarctica.
Joel has worked at Bathurst Regional Council for 10 years in a role that has wide ranging responsibilities including environmental compliance and impact assessment, community education, sustainability and urban wildlife management. Prior to this, Joel was employed in wildlife conservation programs across southern Australia and to this day maintains a voluntary management committee role with the Australian Ecosystems Foundation. Having a degree in Environmental Science, Joel considers some of his career highlights to be the reintroduction of endangered Eastern Quoll and Eastern Barred Bandicoot into protected habitat in Victoria, coordinating the planting of 20,000 native seedlings in suburban Bathurst reserves and the recent installation of the Tesla electric vehicle Supercharger in Bathurst. His wife criticises him for not being able to sit still, and therefore together they have bought a 67 hectare bushland property and, in their spare time, manage it for conservation, dingo breeding and ecotourism.
dr Laura rayner
Dr Laura Rayner is a Woodland Fauna Ecologist working with the Environmental Offsets team of the ACT Government. She has worked in temperate woodland ecosystems for over 10 years with a focus on biodiversity monitoring for the planning and evaluation of conservation interventions.
As a member of the Difficult Bird Research Group, Laura was responsible for the design and implementation of the National Regent Honeyeater Monitoring Program, which in 2017 located over 60% of the estimated population of this rare and critically endangered species.
Laura has a particular interest in tree hollow ecology and is involved in a long-term study of fragmentation effects on the growth, structure and habitat values of Central West woodlands (NSW). In her most recent work, Laura has taken to the tree-tops to study the breeding ecology of the Superb Parrot. In her presentation, she will discuss conservation challenges and opportunities for the beautiful ‘Green Leek’ and explain how her research will enhance recovery planning for the species.
Tim Hosking is a Senior Wetlands and Rivers Conservation Officer at the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. His team’s primary role in Dubbo is to work towards the conservation of iconic inland wetland systems, particularly the Macquarie Marshes and Gwydir wetlands, with the key tool being environmental water management. With a broad academic and work history including environmental engineering, natural resources management, environmental impact assessment and town planning, he quite enjoys the silo-busting world of water and wetlands. Hanging out in swamps is not a bad job for this tragic lifelong birdo.