The second annual North East Environment Forum was held May 25 at CSU's Wangaratta study centre. Once again ILWS teamed with partners – North East Catchment Management Authority, Trust for Nature, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and Parks Victoria – to present a successful forum with 76 attendees.
This year's forum theme was "Connecting People with Nature" with the John Paul Memorial Lecture given by Associate Professor Mardie Townsend from Deakin University on "Healthy Environment for Healthy Victorians." During her talk, A/Prof Townsend made reference to the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan (2015-2019) and the research her team has done for the Victorian Government since 2000 with their report Healthy Parks, Healthy People: the state of evidence 2015.
Presentations were then made on 'Perspective on Volunteering' (by Bush Heritage Australia volunteers Michael and Kerry Moylan, DELWP Senior Biodiversity Officer Glen Johnson and volunteer Mick Webster); 'Marketing Natural Resource Management (by Dr Mark Norman, Chief Conservation Scientist, Parks Victoria and Area of Work Coordinator –Parks Victoria Keith Primrose ) and on 'Citizen Science' (by Peter Brenton, Atlas of Living Australia).
For the afternoon's workshop sessions, forum participants then had the opportunity to select two out of three workshops to take part in. They were 'Enhancing the volunteer experience', 'Exploring citizen science opportunities in North East Victoria' and 'Building community support for your project.'
In his closing comments Institute Director Professor Max Finlayson, who was the MC for the event, said the panel of speakers was "a fascinating session with lots of rich experiences. There are lessons we can take from their experiences and there was 'something for everyone.'" \
A/Prof Mardie Townsend Audio MP3
Dr Mark Norman (Marketing NRM) Audio MP3
Michael and Kerry Moylan, Perspective on Volunteering Audio MP3