2017 WA Threatened Species Forum

To address the decline of Australia’s threatened species, Natural Resource Management WA (NRM WA) and Western Australia’s seven regional NRM groups, together with the Department of Parks and Wildlife, are pleased to host the WA Threatened Species Forum – which will be held in Geraldton, WA on 7-8 September 2017.

This will be the second time the WA Threatened Species Forum will be held in Geraldton, with the inaugural event in 2015 bringing together more than 180 people from a cross-section of society with a common concern for WA’s animals and plants.

The WA Threatened Species Forum will provide an opportunity to inform attendees on the priorities of current national, state and regional threatened species strategies; and an opportunity for attendees to share information on activities and interventions, science and solutions for protecting and recovering Western Australia’s threatened plants and animals.

This forum will also support regional communities by creating awareness about current and future challenges and opportunities, ensuring a more action-based, prioritised, targeted, and coordinated approach to managing the threats and conserving the habitat of our animals and plants, thus giving them a better opportunity to survive and thrive.

Confirmed guests speakers included Gregory Andrews (Australia’s Threatened Species Commissioner), Penny Figgis (Vice Chair, for Oceania of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas) and Carlos Drews (Executive Director of the Jane Goodall Institute).

Effective and sustainable, action requires partnerships and coordination between all levels of government, community, scientists and other researchers, non-government organisations, regional NRM groups, and the business sector. Only by working together can we effectively prioritise and efficiently use resources to protect threatened species. A partnership approach between individuals, agencies and organisations gives the best chance to achieve positive results for threatened species.

Call for abstracts
We are currently inviting submission of abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the forum.
Submissions close 30 June 2017.
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7-8 September 2017
Geraldton WA
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We are inviting submission of abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the Forum.

All abstracts submitted will be reviewed and considered for acceptance. The organising committee will notify contributors regarding acceptance. Accepted abstracts will be included in the conference program.


Accepted abstracts for standard oral presentations will be allocated a 15 – 20 minute timeslot in the program.


A poster is an alternative way to present a paper and is designed to allow presenters maximum interaction with attendees.  Posters should not be larger than 1.0 m wide by 1.4 m in height and should be printed in portrait format.

Authors may indicate their preferred presentation type during abstract submission but the conference committee will make the final decision on the type of presentation.

Note to Authors

All costs of attending the conference, including the registration fee, must be met by presenters. A commitment by accepted presenters to attend the conference must be received in the form of payment and registration before 18 August 2017.

The preparation and supply of any handouts or other materials used in any presentation will be the responsibility of the presenter(s).

There is an opt-out social media policy for the Forum. If you do not wish to have your presentation live-tweeted or otherwise communicated via social media, please make this very clear to the audience at the start of your presentation or on your poster.


Six themes have been identified under the broad concept of threatened species conservation and authors are requested to submit abstracts relating to these themes:

  • Responses (e.g. on-ground activities)
  • Social Science
  • Communication
  • Community Engagement
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Policy  and Governance
Format for abstract submission

The abstract should be a maximum of 250 words and include title, authors with institutions and theme.

All abstracts are to be submitted to [email protected]

Natural Resource Management WA (NRMWA) and Western Australia’s seven regional NRM groups, together with the Department of Parks and Wildlife are proud to host the WA Threatened Species Forum.


SWCC          WNRM     NACC

Program Outline 

Thursday 7 September

  • Conference registration
  • Full day conference
  • Keynote speakers
  • Welcome cocktail party

Friday 8 September

  • Full day conference
  • Keynote speakers
  • Movie screening “Secrets at Sunrise”  a closer look at the elusive Western Ground Parrot


(A more detailed  program* will be available closer to the forum.)

* There will be no con-current sessions

Key Notes Speakers

To be confirmed.

Queens Park Theatre – Geraldton

The forum will be hosted at Queens Park Theatre within the heart of Geraldton in WA.

Venue Map

A map of the venue can be found here>

General Information

The Queens Park Theatre venue, including amphitheatre and surrounding gardens, are available for hire for various functions, events and conferences.

The theatre auditorium itself has a seating capacity of 656 which includes the box and circle seating, it also has two large foyers with bars, a reception room and mezzanine.

The amphitheatre is a perfect outdoor venue with a capacity of 300 patrons and four access points from the upper stairs and ramp access to the lower part of the amphitheatre.

The Queens Park gardens are beautifully maintained with local flora and are a perfect venue for your next outdoor event.

For more information on the Queens Park Theatre, please visit the website or contact the box office directly to speak them on (08) 9956 6662.


Geraldton has an incredible range of places to stay, whether you choose a caravan park, motel, hotel, fully self contained apartment or cosy B&B. From ocean views to riverside campsites – you will probably want to stay a little longer.

For more information about accommodation in Geraldton please visit http://www.visitgeraldton.com.au/


Located on the beautiful Batavia Coast, 419 kilometres north of Perth, a road trip to Geraldton from Perth will take around five hours. A coach will get you there in six hours, or you can fly direct from Perth in just an hour.

For more information about getting to Geraldton please visit http://www.visitgeraldton.com.au/about/getting-here.aspx

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