BMEC hosts Conservation in Action conference on Wednesday

CONFERENCE: Central West Councils Environment and Waterways Alliance's David Waddell and Mick Callan, with Griffith University Emeritus Professor Ian Lowe. Photo: BRADLEY JURD
CONFERENCE: Central West Councils Environment and Waterways Alliance's David Waddell and Mick Callan, with Griffith University Emeritus Professor Ian Lowe. Photo: BRADLEY JURD

In an opportunity to network with fellow peers from across the conservation industry, Bathurst hosted the first day of the Conservation in Action conference on Wednesday and is set to host the second day on Thursday.

Organised by staff from the Central Tablelands Local Land services, Central Tablelands Landcare and Central West Councils Environment and Waterways Alliance, the three organisations are committed to improving the environmental outcomes across the Central West. 

Central West Councils Environment and Waterways Alliance chair David Waddell said Wednesday’s conference, at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, was one of a kind.

“This is the first time I’ve heard of an event like this in the 12 years I’ve been in the Central West,” he said.

“The focus has been conservation in action. We’re trying to steer away from the theory and get on to solid examples of what people I’ve been doing to get results.

“Speakers have been talking about saving brush-tailed rock-wallabies, frogs and birds. These are successful programs that are telling people how to do it.”

Over 130 people were registered to attend on Wednesday, with similar numbers for Thursday.

“It’s a great turn out. We’re really ecstatic with the turn out,” Central West Councils Environment and Waterways Alliance project support officer Mick Callan said. 

“We’ve had people travel interstate to be here. This speaks to the quality of presenters.”

Griffith University Emeritus Professor Ian Lowe was the keynote speaker on Wednesday, and spoke on the overview of research in environmental science in Australia.