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Events

Woodland Birds Workshop
May
4
8:00 am08:00

Woodland Birds Workshop

  • Old Bathurst Road Hartley NSW Australia

A fun workshop! Learn about woodland bird identification, recording bird calls and surveys on your smartphone.

Numbers are limited, and registration is needed by Monday 1 May!

Please register with Marg Duffy on 6350 3113 or

(photo courtesy of Mick Roderick)

Capertee Valley Tree Planting for the Regent Honeyeater
May
5
May 7

Capertee Valley Tree Planting for the Regent Honeyeater

  • Glen Alice Hall

Birdlife Australia with the support of Central Tablelands Local Land Services is hosting a tree planting event from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 May 2017 to provide habitat for the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater. Planting is normally completed on Saturday with assistance required to lay out plants and tree guards on the Friday. Additional planting and watering may be required on the Sunday with the opportunity to also attend birdwatching trips.

There are a range of accommodation options available including camping. Please see the Event Flyer and associated Registration Form for full details.

For enquiries please contact Wendy Fox on 9647 1033

Date Change - Community Planting Day - Edgells Lane Brickpit Wetland, Bathurst
May
6
8:30 am08:30

Date Change - Community Planting Day - Edgells Lane Brickpit Wetland, Bathurst

  • Edgells Lane Brickpit Wetlands

The Edgells Lane Brickpit Wetland is highly valued for its wetland habitat with over 100 bird species having been recorded at this site.  Bathurst Regional Council in partnership with the Environment & Waterways Alliance and Central Tablelands Local Land Services are hosting a community planting day to improve the wetland values of this site and to provide habitat for water birds including migratory species.

For further information please contact:
Bill Josh: 0407 256 791
or
Deborah Taylor: 6333 6111 - deborah.taylor@bathurst.nsw.gov.au

Birds, Bats, Bees and more - providing our native animals with food, shelter and a place to breed
May
6
1:30 pm13:30

Birds, Bats, Bees and more - providing our native animals with food, shelter and a place to breed

  • Neville Hall

As part of the Restoring the Glideways  of the Kanangra-Boyd to Wyangala Link program, you are invited to join local ecologist Dr Anne Kerle for a free walk/talk and spotlight around the Neville area on Saturday May 6th from 1.30pm finishing with a dinner and talk in the local pub.

Bring your local knowledge/photographs/information to share your experiences about wildlife in the Neville Region. Also sensible clothing for bushwalking, binoculars ( if you have them), torch and enthusiasm.
Programme:

  • Meet at Neville Hall at 1.30pm (Introduction and Discussion)
  • Then go out for a walk to look for some habitat elements that are present or absent in the landscape 
  • Do some late afternoon bird watching
  • Dinner & Talk at the Pub (TBC) Followed by some Spotlighting

Information to be covered:

  • What we have lost in this area – across all faunal groups
  • Key elements of habitat and how this varies across animal species and groups
  • Why it is critically important to ensure the survival of our fauna
  • How do we know what is out there?
  • How can we build up the key habitat elements?

Everyone welcome (all ages).  There will moderate level of fitness required for the field walk and spotlighting. Sensible footwear, hat, sunscreen and jacket will be required.
RSVP essential for catering purposes (also please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements) 
Register through our EVENTBRITE page or via email mary@glideways.org.au 
ph. 0459 352 892

For those wanting to stay overnight there is reasonably priced accommodation available in  Neville at the Siding see link for more info

This Glideways event is supported by: The Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife; Neville and Region Landcare; South East Local Lands Services; and NSW Environmental Trust

Adoption Guidelines for Stormwater Biofiltration Systems: Design and Constuct One Day Workshop and Technical Tour
May
11
8:30 am08:30

Adoption Guidelines for Stormwater Biofiltration Systems: Design and Constuct One Day Workshop and Technical Tour

  • Orange Agricultural Institute Training Centre

This one day course provides training to enable better design and construction of biofiltration systems. The course compliments the ‘Adoption Guidelines for Stormwater Biofiltration Systems’ developed by the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) and makes reference to other useful resources developed by Water by Design (now Healthy Land and Water). By the end of this course participants will: 

  • Appreciate the science behind why and how biofiltration systems work.
  • Understand how to apply urban design principles for biofiltration systems.
  • Be familiar with the design method for biofiltration systems detailed in ‘Adoption Guidelines for Stormwater Biofiltration Systems’ 
  • Identify common design and construction issues associated with biofiltration systems

Who should attend?

Practitioners seeking a working understanding of biofiltration system processes, construction and design, including engineers, landscape architects, ecologists, planners and environmental scientists.

Cost

This training event has been subsidised by the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, Splash Network and Environment & Waterways Alliance.

The workshop is FREE for staff from Alliance Member Councils.

For external participants there is a fee of $95 to cover materials and catering for the event.

Register

Registration is essential and should be completed by COB Tuesday 9 May. To register for this workshop please contact:

Mick Callan
Project Support Officer
Environment & Waterways Alliance
mick.callan@lls.nsw.gov.au
6333 2323

For further information including agenda and presenter information, please refer to the Event Flyer

Safeguard our Crown Lands Community Forum
May
13
5:30 pm17:30

Safeguard our Crown Lands Community Forum

  • Rahamim Ecology Centre

The Central West Environment Council with support from the Environmental Defenders Office are hosting a community forum to discuss Crown Lands.

Specifically the event will feature:

  • expert speakers, case studies
  • discussion panels, workshops
  • help to prevent sale and inappropriate management of crown lands (including traveling stock reserves)
  • guided trip to local reserve

For further information please see the Event Flyer or contact Cilla Kinross: 02 6365 7651 or ckinross@csu.edu.au

Community Planting Day - Apex Jubilee Reserve, Bathurst
May
14
9:00 am09:00

Community Planting Day - Apex Jubilee Reserve, Bathurst

  • Apex Jubilee Reserve

Celebrate Mothers Day by helping to create fish habitat and extend the tree planting works already completed along the Macquarie River in Apex Jubilee Reserve.

For further information please contact:
Bill Josh: 0407 256 791
or
Stevie Armstrong: 6333 6233 - stevie.armstrong@bathurst.nsw.gov.au

2017 Floodplain Management Australia National Conference
May
16
May 19

2017 Floodplain Management Australia National Conference

  • Newcastle Exhibition and Convention Centre - NEX

Preparing for the Next Great Flood

The FMA Conference has been held annually for over 50 years and is the most respected flood risk management event held in Australia. This will be the 3rd Floodplain Management Australia National Conference and it is being held in Newcastle, NSW.

The conference will mark the tenth anniversary of the "Pasha Bulker" storm, and extensive flooding which occurred in Newcastle and the Hunter Valley. The bulk cargo ship "Pasha Bulker" made global headlines after running aground on Newcastle Beach during the wild storm, and features in the 2017 Conference logo. The conference will feature improvements to flood risk management since 2007, inspections of the Hunter Valley Flood Mitigation Scheme and the Newcastle Flash Flood Alert Service, which is the first of its kind in New South Wales.

2017 is also the 150th anniversary of the great flood which took place along the Hawkesbury-Nepean River in 1867. It is therefore appropriate that the theme for this year's conference is "Preparing for the Next Great Flood", which looks at applying lessons from past floods and overcoming the challenges to helping our communities avoid future disasters.

To ensure the conference is relevant at national and individual state and territory levels it is guided by a Program Advisory Committee with representatives from every state and territory.

This conference will attract over 350 practitioners who are working in or interested in floodplain risk management. Attendees will include Commonwealth, State and Local Government representatives, research organisations and education providers as well as consultants, engineers, land-use planners, emergency responders and community volunteer organisations.

The conference will include outstanding Australian and international keynote speakers, plenary and concurrent presentations, a Local Government Councillors' session, national forum, field trips addressing floodplain issues in Newcastle and the Hunter Valley, as well as networking events. Optional conference workshops on topical issues held on the Tuesday.

To learn more please visit the conference website

Community Planting Day - Jordan Creek, Blayney Road Common, Bathurst
May
27
9:00 am09:00

Community Planting Day - Jordan Creek, Blayney Road Common, Bathurst

  • Blayney Road Common

Jordan Creek links to the important endangered ecological community, Box-Gum Grassy Woodland habitat with Blayney Road Common and links to the the downstream Browning Street Reserve.  Help to rehabilitate this creek by planting a range of trees, shrubs and grasses.

For further information please contact:
Bill Josh: 0407 256 791
or
Stevie Armstrong: 6333 6233 - stevie.armstrong@bathurst.nsw.gov.au

Nature Conservation Council's 2017 Bushfire Conference
May
30
Jun 1

Nature Conservation Council's 2017 Bushfire Conference

  • NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW is proud to present our 11th Biennial Bushfire Conference Fire, Fauna and Ferals: from backyards to bush. This multi-disciplinary conference will explore how fire management can support ecological values across the landscape: from our backyards through to the bushland interface and beyond. The program will examine the interactions between fire and fauna across a range of ecosystems and look at integrated approaches to managing fire, native fauna and flora, weeds and pest animals. Building on themes from previous conferences we will continue to showcase on-ground fire and restoration projects and Aboriginal burning initiatives.

This Conference is an opportunity to contribute to discussions on how to move beyond current fire management approaches that aim to minimise environmental harm and toward approaches that help protect, support and restore ecological values.

For further information please visit the conference website

Nature Conservation Council Regional Conference 2017 - Lithgow
Jun
3
Jun 4

Nature Conservation Council Regional Conference 2017 - Lithgow

  • Lithgow Uniting Church

The 2017 Nature Conservation Council Regional Environment Conference, jointly hosted with the Lithgow Environment Group, will be held at the Lithgow Uniting Church on Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4. The conference will include a full day program on the Saturday, a conference dinner on the Saturday night and two optional field trips and a lunch on the Sunday. 

Program

We are very excited to announce the program for the regional conference. You can view the program here. It will be updated as more speakers are announced. Please feel free to share widely with your networks. 

Aims

The aims of the regional conference are to:

Provide an opportunity for networking between NCC members, executive, staff, representatives and local conservationists;

Provide an opportunity for information sharing, skills development and collaborative planning on key policy and campaign issues; and

Strengthen working relationships between existing NCC members and to provide an opportunity for potential members to learn more about our work.

Registration

You can register online here. Please share widely with your networks. 

Minutes

Minutes will be available to download here after the event.

Accommodation

Please organise your own accommodation for the conference. Some suggestions nearby include:

Workies Motel – 400 metres from venue

Zig Zag Motel – 2 kilometers from venue

Bowen Inn Motel – 3 kilometers from venue

There are also numerous pubs in Lithgow with accommodation: Commercial Hotel, Lansdowne Hotel, Lithgow Hotel all in main street and about 300-700 metres from venue.

Further Information

For more information please contact Network Organiser Jacqui Mumford, (02) 9516 1488, outreach@nature.org.au.

Dubbo Sustainable City Expo and Science Festival
Sep
2
10:00 am10:00

Dubbo Sustainable City Expo and Science Festival

Held at Western Plains Cultural Centre, the Dubbo Sustainable City Expo and Science Festival is set to be a big one.

Featuring a vast range of exhibits from helping you to reduce energy and water bills, create less waste and live in harmony with the environment.

Don't miss out on the hands on science exhibits, live shows, native animal encounters and much much more.

Admission is FREE! More information can be found on the Dubbo Regional Council website.

LGNSW Water Management Conference
Sep
4
Sep 6

LGNSW Water Management Conference

  • Dubbo RSL Memorial Club

The annual Local Government NSW (LGNSW) Water Management Conference presents a broad range of information from a local government perspective on water management, issues associated with water supply and sewerage services provided by water utilities.

The event attracts delegates from NSW and interstate including councillors and general managers, water managers and professionals, policy makers from government agencies and key industry stakeholders. Delegates will have the opportunity to find out about the latest water policy initiatives and trends, receive updates on emergent technical issues, benchmark, network and further their professional development and team building capabilities.

The 2017 Conference will be held from Monday 4 September to Wednesday 6 September 2017 and will be co-hosted by Dubbo Regional Council. 

Keep checking the website for further updates. 

Dubbo Regional Council
2017 Stormwater NSW Conference
Sep
6
Sep 8

2017 Stormwater NSW Conference

Online registration is now available for the 2017 Stormwater NSW Conference to be held at the Newcastle Exhibition Centre.

A not to be missed professional development event for all Stormwater practitioners and early bird rates are currently available.

  • Two days of Conference presentations on Wednesday, 6th and Thursday 7th, September
  • Conference Dinner and Stormwater NSW Awards for Excellence on Wednesday, 6th September
  • A full day technical Tour incorporating practical stormwater demonstrations on Friday, 8th September

The conference will include a series of industry and inspirational keynote speakers, supported by presentations from across NSW.

Register today and take advantage of those discounted prices before time runs out!

 

MAKE THE CHANGE - 33RD NSW ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE
Sep
27
Sep 29

MAKE THE CHANGE - 33RD NSW ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE

  • Saint Ignatius College, Riverview

The Lane Cove Hunters Hill Green Schools Network is hosting the 33rd NSW Environmental Education Conference at St. Ignatius' College, Riverview in Lane Cove.

Our conference is a time for NSW environmental educators from all sectors; government, community and formal to come together in our place, the beautiful Lane Cove River, to reflect on our practice as environmental educators so that we can go back to our place and “make change happen”.

A Framework for Education and Engagement for Sustainability

Make the Change is a framework that provides a unified, coordinated and collaborative approach to sustainability education and engagement across NSW. It was developed by AAEE NSW in partnership with NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

Based on international best practice research and extensive stakeholder consultation, Make the Change defines the shared vision, principles and goals that will support sustainability education and engagement providers from all sectors to shape effective action into the future.

Online registrations are now open for the conference. Payment by credit card is required for online registrations. If you are unable to use a credit card and require an invoice, please use the “Request an Invoice” button and we will send an invoice directly to you.

Wambuul Macquarie River Festival
Oct
28
9:30 am09:30

Wambuul Macquarie River Festival

Wambuul Macquarie River Festival is back again in 2017, bigger and better than before!

Come along and participate in a day of 'come and try' activities, tree planting, landscape art, Macquarie River cruises, walking tours and Aboriginal culture.

Listen to the sounds of local musicians playing, watch artists paint the river landscape, and talk to the local groups who make use of the river. 

All this plus food, drinks and more on offer at Ollie Robins Oval Dubbo.

For further information contact Andy McQuie on (02) 6883 5362.


Stormwater NSW Illawarra Technical Tour
Apr
27
9:00 am09:00

Stormwater NSW Illawarra Technical Tour

Stormwater NSW is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Stormwater NSW Illawarra Technical Tour to be held on Thursday, 27th April, 2017.

The Illawarra region has a number of contrasting coastal environments that present stormwater managers with some interesting challenges. In the northern areas there is the Illawarra escarpment, where short runoff times and marginal slope stabilities can result in flash flooding, carrying significant volumes of sediment. In the south, the escarpment gives way to coastal plain and estuarine environments, which in places have undergone both significant deterioration and, in more recent years, restoration work. Continuing urban expansion in these coastal areas needs to be carefully managed to ensure that sensitive receiving water environments and ecosystems are not endangered.
 

This tour will have two focusses. In the first part of the tour, we will examine key operational and maintenance challenges posed by stormwater management infrastructure. In the second part, we will learn about the compelling story of Lake Illawarra and how it provides important learnings for coastal communities throughout New South Wales. We will also examine the design, construction, operational and jurisdictional challenges encountered in stormwater management, including the leading edge water quality management infrastructure in the emerging Shell Cove community.

Registration includes morning tea and lunch.

  • Member Registration $235
  • Non Member Registration $285
  • *Student Registrations $125

*If you are an undergraduate student and you wish to register for this event, please email a copy of your student card to Rebecca Nguyen at rnguyen@gemsevents.com.au

To secure your place at this event, please click here.

Free Pest Animal Workshop - Oberon
Apr
26
9:30 am09:30

Free Pest Animal Workshop - Oberon

  • Oberon RSL Club

This workshop is supported by the Kanangra-to-Wyangala (K2W) conservation partnership with the support of Invasive Animals CRC, Central Tablelands Local Land Services and Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife. The event aims to inform landholders about the latest pest control tools and management options available, and demonstrate the FeralScan mapping resource and other practical control measures (e.g. CPE's).
Each workshop will be tailored slightly to the issues that are of most importance in each area - please feel free to provide your thoughts on what issues should be covered.
 
All of these workshops are free and all food and refreshments will be provided for all attendees, helpers and presenters!
RSVP and more info to jessica.marsh@dpi.nsw.gov.au  phone 02 63913887

For further information please refer to the event flyer