NRM Regions Australia and the North East Catchment Management Authority will host the seventh annual Natural Resource Management Knowledge Conference from 17 – 20 November 2019 in Wodonga North East Victoria. An impressive line-up of presenters have been confirmed to deliver invaluable insights into the theme Creating Resilience through Natural Resource Management – how do we do it?
The three-day conference program for natural resource management features a range of Australian and international speakers, industry experts and panellists including:
Minister, The Hon. Sussan Ley, MP – Keynote speaker
Gretchen C. Daily, Director, Center for Conservation Biology Stanford University – Progress on the Call to Action
Dr Debra Parkinson, Adjunct Research Fellow Monash University – Gender & Disaster Pod – Understanding of the role played by gender in survivor responses to natural disaster
Gabriel Bani, Wagadagam people, Mabuiag Island, Torres Strait – Land – Language – Family
Participants will be developing an NRM Call to Action, hearing from change agents and learning about environmental biosecurity, the Murray Darling Basin Authority long term environmental monitoring, Indigenous land and sea management and a range of sessions.
Kate Andrews, CEO, NRM Regions Australia, said the 2019 Conference will appeal to a broad range of delegates.
“We’re looking forward to having people from around the country come together to share their knowledge and learn from each other. The line-up reflects the remarkable diversity of the work we do and the country we cover. We’ve designed this year’s Conference program with a broad line-up of speakers, workshops, panels, interactive sessions, R&D forums and fieldtrips that will deliver insight and networks.”
“The Conference will also include the North East Water Annual Local Aboriginal Acquisitional Art Prize and Exhibition, giving delegates the ideal opportunity to engage with local Aboriginal artists and to showcase the strong creative community existing in the region. We’ve allowed further time in the program for networking and included a number of informative fieldtrips across the region – on top of the comprehensive program of keynote addresses and interactive workshops.”
The 2019 NRM Knowledge Conference will be held in Wodonga on 17 – 20 November 2019, in stunning North Victoria.
Australia’s biosecurity system is a vital part of safeguarding our primary industries, our environment and our communities. A new website released on 19 August will help Australians find out what we need to know and do.
Beta.biosecurity.gov.au is designed to be a clear and intuitive website with links to biosecurity information from federal, state and territory governments, industry and environmental organisations and research bodies. It is Australia’s biosecurity website.
Users will discover how biosecurity relates to them, learn what they can do to reduce risks and find out how to report a concern.
The Australian Government, state and territory governments, industry and environmental groups have worked together to deliver this website, which will be a central hub for Australia’s biosecurity information.
The decision to develop the new national website follows a recent review of the Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity.
Released as a beta website, the feedback and analytics gathered in the first eight weeks after release will guide the next round of developments to the website. The input of real users will be vital to make sure Australia’s biosecurity website meets all of our needs.
Lyn O’Connell, head of the biosecurity function and Deputy Secretary in the Department of Agriculture, said the website is vital in providing biosecurity information to a wide range of stakeholders, including state and territory agencies, industry, environmental groups, research bodies and other government agencies.
‘You can be one of the first to explore beta.biosecurity.gov.au. Your feedback will help us understand what does and doesn’t work across the site to build a better service.’
‘The website will provide information to the National Biosecurity Committee and its sub-committees, and website users can discover information about how to reduce biosecurity risks and how to report a concern.
‘The website is being developed based on personas, ranging from a beekeeper to a boat owner, an international traveller to a primary producer, and an animal owner to a pest and weed manager.’ Ms O’Connell said.
Visit beta.biosecurity.gov.au and provide feedback to help improve the site.