2015 WA Threatened Species Forum

Missed the conference.
You can always jump onto Twitter and read over snippets from all presentations via the ‪#‎TSforumWA‬ hashtag.
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Natural Resource Management WA (NRMWA) and Western Australia’s seven regional NRM groups, together with the Department of Parks and Wildlife were pleased to present the inaugural WA Threatened Species Forum – which was held on Friday 30 October, 2015.

The inaugural event brought together a cross-section of society with a common concern for Western Australia’s animals and plants.

The conference aimed to explore solutions, and promote practical and effective ways of tackling threats to their survival, while also building and enhancing networks of support in the field of threatened species conservation.

With special guests Gregory Andrews, Australia’s Threatened Species Commissioner, several MP’s including local Federal member for Durack, Melissa Price, University of Western Australia Winthrop Professor Steve Hopper and many, many more, the forum sought alignment and synergies between policies and practices at multiple levels of government, businesses, research institutions, scientific and conservation management experts, non-government organisations and others active in threatened species conservation.

Catch up on the event via the conference hashtag on Twitter: #TSforumWA, or read the WA Threatened Species Forum media release.

Thanks for helping make the Threatened Species Forum WA #wastefree.
Thanks to your generosity, we raised a whopping $2617 through our CrowdFunding project.

  • Partners
  • Program
  • Speakers
  • Field trips
  • Venue
  • Accommodation / Travel
  • Sponsors
  • Media

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.


NRM WA                  DPAW   


SWCC          WNRM     NACC


A full list of speakers and their abstracts have now been uploaded to this section.

To view the document click the below link:

Threatened Species Forum Abstracts

Key Notes Speakers

Panel Discussion

Session Presenters

Organisation Presenter Topic
Australian Wildlife Conservancy Michael Smith AWC: Successfully managing threatened species in predator-free areas and at a landscape scale in Western Australia
BirdLife Australia Tegan Douglas Citizen Science and Black-Cockatoos in Southwestern Australia: The 2015 Great Cocky Count
Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority Ben Miller Science for managing, conserving and restoring threatened species
Bush Heritage Australia Vanessa Westcott Properties and partnerships: Bush Heritage Australia’s approach to the protection of threatened species in Western Australia.
Conservation Council WA Nic Dunlop The SW Fairy Tern Project – A community lead conservation response for a threatened seabird.
Department of Parks and Wildlife Anthony Desmond Public Servant Saves Threatened Species
Department of Parks and Wildlife David Coates Priority  actions in threatened plant recovery
Department of Parks and Wildlife Keith Morris What Dirk Hartog might have seen in 1616 – the fauna reconstruction of Dirk Hartog Island.
Department of Parks and Wildlife Sarah Comer Recovering the critically endangered western ground parrot and other threatened species on the south coast of Western Australia
Department of Parks and Wildlife Stephen van Leeuwen Science and action for threatened species conservation in the Pilbara
Edith Cowan University Rob Davis How to avoid a cat-astrophe: management insights from semi-arid WA and beyond
Greening Australia Blair Parsons Conservation through collaboration: conserving and restoring landscapes at scale to support threatened species
Kimberly Land and Sea Council Scott van Barneveld Indigenous Rangers Protecting Kimberley Biodiversity Values
Pindiddy Aboriginal Corporation Ashley Bell Ninghan Indigenous Protected Area (IPA)
Peel Harvey Catchment Council Steve Fisher Endangered species and ecological communities in the Peel-Harvey Catchment
Perth Region NRM Greer Gilroy Resilient Landscapes, Resilient Species: Biodiversity conservation in the Swan NRM Region
Perth Zoo Susan Hunt Losing native fauna – we started it together, we should fix it together.
Possum Centre Busselton Uta Wicke Community driven Western Ringtail Possum Conservation
Rangelands NRM Ian Cotton Pilbara Corridors Project: landscape scale approaches to address threats to threatened species in the Pilbara
South Coast NRM Justin Bellanger Where the wild things are – How an integrated approach to protecting threatened species can achieve outcomes where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
South West Catchment Council Emily Hugues-dit-Ciles Winners and losers: Success stories and challenges for threatened species conservation in the South West
Wheatbelt NRM Natarsha Woods Community: without them the job won’t get done.
World Wildlife Fund Merril Halley WWF in WA 35 year on – insights gained and thoughts for the future

As part of the WA Threatened Species Forum, there are a range of optional field trips on offer. These include:


  Wildflowers on Eurardy Reserve.  

Durack Institute of Technology: Geraldton Campus

The forum will be hosted at Durack Institute of Technology in Geraldton. Sessions will be located at the Aboriginal Learning Centre and the Zeewijk Training Restaurant. A map of the campus can be found here 

Venue Map

A map of the venue can be found here https://www.google.com.au/maps/place/Durack+Institute+of+Technology/@-28.786635,114.60798,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xf76bb04a8713093b

General Facilities and Services

ATM – Inside the Me-N-U Café at G Block
Bicycle Racks
Bookshop – Located in A Block. Open every term day from 8:00am – 10:30am
Buses – There is a bus stop directly opposite the main entrance on Fitzgerald Street. Bus timetables and Smart Rider application forms are available from A Block reception
Child Care – Located at Y Block. Contact the private provider on (08) 9964 7007 for more information
Disabled Access – Designated parking bays are available
First Aid – There is a first aid box in each block. Trained first aid officers are available
Toilets and Showers – Located at C, U and P Blocks. X Block has toilet facilities only
Lost Property – Held at A Block Reception
Parking – Free parking. Extra parking is available opposite the campus
Telephones – A public phone is located on Fitzgerald Street
Vending Machines – Located around the campus


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 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

The WA Threatened Species Forum is proudly supported by



Department of the Environment 


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Social Media Guide

You can download the event social media guide here

Media Releases

First Times’ a Charm:  Collaboration and partnerships the key for forum success…… 30 October 2015

2015 Great Cocky Count: 30 October 2015

Federal Threatened Species Commissioner 1 October 2015

Melissa Price MP (Federal Member for Durack) September 2015


Can you please tell me when details including registration for the WA Threatened Species Forum next month will be available? I’d like to be able to book travel while it’s cheap.

Hi Tony,

Thanks for your message. We are currently in the process of confirming all of these details and hope to announce the conference whereabouts by early next week.

Hope this helps.


We too would love to get details so can arrange flights and accommodation, thanks


Registrations for this event are now open at https://tsforumwa.eventbrite.com.au.

Information about the forum including travel and accommodation can be found here http://nacc.com.au/project/wa-threatened-species-forum/

Hope to see you in October

Hi Jane
I would like to attend this conference
My main interest is in protecting
Kwongan heathlands around Leeman
Our family is also of indigenous heritage
Cheers Tim


Registrations for this event are now open at https://tsforumwa.eventbrite.com.au.

Information about the forum including travel, accommodation and speakers can be found here http://nacc.com.au/project/wa-threatened-species-forum/

Hope to see you in October

Can someone please provide me with some predicted outcomes from this conference…

I have attended numerous conferences and workshops where public servants and NGO agents give great presentations and everyone goes home feeling great, but nothing changes…

The impact of climate change on Threatened Species, and lack of funding, is key to this subject but I don’t see these issues being addressed by this conference…
Please correct me if I am wrong.

Thank you


Thank you for your comments. NACC greatly appreciates feedback from the community.

One of the main aims of this forum is to raise the profile of threatened plants and animals in our state. In doing so, we also hope to bring together a diverse range of people to seek synergies between policies and practices.

While, climate change and funding by themselves are not key themes of this forum, they will be touched on in presentations and I imagine during the panel session.

I hope this answers your queries and that you will be attending the forum.

Kind regards

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