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Program and registration

Please join our key note speaker Dr Tim Flannery, author of The Future Eaters and our invited speakers:

  • Chris Guest, Deputy Director General Department of Land and Water Conservation
  • Kate Lorimer-Ward and Ian Rogan, Central West Catchment Management Board, and
  • Dr Siwan Lovett, Land & Water Resource Research Development Corporation

at the Dubbo Civic Centre
on Friday 23 November 2001

for the

Australian Association of Natural Resource Management conference:

“Taking Charge of Change”

Download the program and registration PDF (92kb)

Time Meetings - Presentations – Activities

Friday 23 November 2001

9.00 am Registration - organised by the Dubbo Tourism Group
10.00 am Conference Opening - Welcome by Mr Alan Smith
10.10am Welcome speech by Waradjuri
10.15am Welcome and housekeeping - Ken Rogers, President AARNM NSW.

10.20am - Natural Resource Management or Natural Resource Mismanagement? Dr Tim Flannery, Australian Museum and author of the controversial, powerful and widely acclaimed book ‘The Future Eaters’. His work reflects on the following “Europeans had no understanding of the land and treated it as a treasure trove of goodies instead of a fragile environment” and “we need to initiate sustainable development and replace European style farming of native species like emu, kangaroo and crocodile”

  • What is the prognosis?
  • Have we learnt to care for the land or have we learnt nothing?
  • What sort of balance between man and environment (natural resources) should we strive to achieve?
  • What needs to change to achieve this?

11.20am Morning Tea

11.45am Chris Guest, Deputy Director General Department of Land and Water Conservation. Government natural resource management policy and reforms - where are they taking us? Government policy and reforms. Government policy has not always led to desirable outcomes - how do we know they have it right this time? If it costs who should pay - cost sharing? Consultation – how to get the best results?

12.15pm Kate Lorimer-Ward, Executive Officer and Ian Rogan Chairman, Central West Catchment Management Board Government and community partnerships - setting the directions for catchment change, what will these look like?

12.45pm Lunch
1.45pm Ken Rogers, President AARNM NSW Branch - Introduction to sessions

5 x Information sessions (30 minutes each)


Concurrent Session 1

Concurrent Session 2


Planning for change Pam Allen, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Salinity.

Implementing Change on the Ground. Landcare Community Based Coordination and Project Management to facilitate Landuse Change - Tom Gavel (CEO of Wellington/Dubbo Landcare Working Group, Landowner.)


West 2000: A catalyst for Natural Resource Management and Change in the Western Division - Tim Ferraro, Executive Officer West 2000

A Landscape genesis approach to effective ‘Integrated Catchment Management’: Ben Chifley Catchment, Bathurst. Dr Dhia Al Bakri, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management, Faculty of Rural Management, The University of Sydney, Orange.


Rural Communities - Taking Charge Case studies on effective community involvement and implementation of expensive planning. Rei Beumer, Natural Resource Planning Officer Department of Land and Water Conservation; David Mitchell, Associate Professor Charles Sturt University; David Walker, Lachlan Community Monitoring Program Coordinator.

Biodiversity Trading - Lessons from California - Mark Sheahan, Regional Vegetation Coordinator, Department of Land and Water Conservation, Albury.


The Native Vegetation Conservation Act and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act: improving the links - Stuart Little, Senior Environmental Planning officer, Department of Urban Affairs and Planning.

The Curse of Precautionary Mania: A Cautionary Observation – Andrew Brownlow, Project Manager, Terra Consulting, Orange.


Social Dimensions of Natural Resource Management - Dr Alan Curtis, Associate Director Johnson Centre for Research in Natural Resources and Society, Charles Sturt University, Albury.

EMS in Agriculture - Is it a tool to tackle natural resource degradation issues in the Central West of New South Wales? Parmjit Singh, Environmental Management Systems Officer, NSW Agriculture, Orange.

5.00pm Summary of the day, AGM reminder and introduction to Day 2.
5.30pm AGM for the Branch

Saturday 24 November 2001

Time Meetings - Presentations - Activities

9.00am Dr Siwan Lovett, Land & Water Resource Research Development Corporation - Moving from the “R” to the “D”: Translating Science into Practice.
Making science relevant and useful for people working on the ground and in the river is a primary aim of L&W Australia’s National Riparian Lands R&D Program.

9.30am Chair - Ken Rogers, President AARNM (NSW Branch) - 4 x 10 minute each
Setting the Scene - Where we will be in 2020? How did we get there?

  • What part will society have? Dr Ian Curtis
  • The role of government - plans, policies and the commitment to implemenation Chris Guest._
  • Taking science into the real world. Siwan Lovett
  • Will the Government and Community Partnership be strong enough? Kate Lorimer-Ward and Ian Rogan

10.30am Morning Tea
11.00am Workshop - What is the direction to getting to the 2020 scenario?
12.10pm Report back and recommendations.
1.00pm Lunch and close - thanks to all.

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