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 Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions, 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.
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.
- Field trips
Registrations Now Open via Eventbrite
Full registrations are entitled to the following:
Entry to all sessions
Morning Tea, Afternoon Tea and Lunch
Screening of ‘Secrets at Sunrise’
Day registrations are entitled to the following:
Entry to sessions on the day registered
Morning Tea, Afternoon Tea and Lunch on the day registered
Screening of ‘Secrets at Sunrise’
Ticket Fees ($AUS)
Full Registration $110
Day Registration $77
Welcome Sundowner (extra tickets) $20
Field Trip TBC
All prices are inclusive of 10% Goods and Services Tax.
Please note that all persons intending to attend the Conference must register, including presenters, chairpersons, and delegates.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
Cancellations must be notified by writing by 31 August 2017 to the [email protected]
As part of the WA Threatened Species Forum, there are a range of optional field trips on offer. These include:
- Abrolhos islands
- Kalbarri National Park
- Wildflowers of the Midwest
Join the Batavia Coast Maritime Institute on a full day boat trip to the Houtman Abrolhos, an amazing archipelago consisting of 122 islands which network over an expansive 100km of ocean. Perfect for the adventurous, this boat trip offers a once in a lifetime experience to explore the beautiful, but treacherous reef-surrounded atolls. Learn more about the Australian Lesser Noddy that breeds exclusively at the Abrolhos islands, relying solely on the mangrove communities of three small islands. You will also have the opportunity to snorkel amongst the marine wonders of the islands.
Kalbarri National Park
Join Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attraction on an exclusive trip around Kalbarri, exploring areas where threatened plants and animal species are being actively protected. You will also join Kalbarri Adventure Tours for a canoeing and hiking trip deep in the heart of the Kalbarri National Park. Hike down into 4-Ways and discover the real magic of the gorges from the water as you paddle along the meandering river and explore the beauty and wonder of the spectacular gorges.
Wildflowers of the Midwest
If you want to see some of the 1,200 wildflowers of the Mid West of Western Australia then this is the field trip for you. The locally based tour company knows when and where the wildflowers are in bloom and this field trip will take you to see best wildflowers in the region, including the rare wreath flowers at Pindar and the plentiful and picture perfect everlasting wildflowers.
Please note you must register for the forum to be eligible for the field trips. Partners may join field trips with prior agreement.
Natural Resource Management WA (NRM WA) and Western Australia’s seven regional NRM groups, together with the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions would like to thank the below organisations for their support of the 2017 Western Australian Threatened Species Forum.
There are many attractive and high value sponsorship and advertising opportunities available to ensure that your organisation stands out at this premier event, which will be attended by your target market. For further enquiries please contact Jessica Stingemore on (E) [email protected] or (P) 08 9938 0106 for more information.
Thursday 7 September
- Conference registration
- Full day conference
- Keynote speakers
- Welcome sun downer with special guest Professor Stephen Hopper (University of Western Australia)
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
- Sebastian Lang (Director of the Office of the Threatened Species Commissioner)
- Penny Figgis (Vice Chair, for Oceania of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas)
- Carlos Drews (Executive Director of the Jane Goodall Institute)
- Brendan Wintle (Hub Director of the Threatened Species Recovery Hub)
- Mark Burgman (Director of the Centre for Environmental Policy and Professor in Risk Analysis & Environmental Policy, Imperial College London)
Queens Park Theatre – Geraldton
The forum will be hosted at Queens Park Theatre within the heart of Geraldton in WA.
A map of the venue can be found here>
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