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2019 WA Wetland Management Conference: call for registrations

The Wetlands Centre - Cockburn

Friday, 1 February 2019 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (AWST)

2019 WA Wetland Management Conference: call for...

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Corporate registration
Registration fee is paid or reimbursed by your employer.
3d 7h 54m $80.00 $2.59
General registration
Registration fee is not reimbursed by your employer.
3d 7h 54m $65.00 $2.29
Concessional registration
For unemployed or community group members.
3d 7h 54m $20.00 $0.00
Sponsored registration
Promotional code required
7h 54m Free $0.00

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Event Details

The Wetlands Centre - Cockburn invites registrations for its 15th Annual Wetland Management Conference to be held at the Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre on Friday 1st February 2019 in celebration of World Wetlands Day, which commemorates the signing of the Convention on Wetlands in the Iranian city of Ramsar on 2 February 1971.

The primary objective of the Conference is to provide an annual opportunity for the exchange of information and ideas between wetland practitioners with a focus on the latest developments about how to effectively manage and restore wetlands. The Conference is intended to bring together community conservation volunteers, landowners, educators, local and State Government officers and private sector environmental officers involved with wetland management.

This year'stheme follows the Ramsar theme for 2019 of ‘Wetlands and Climate Change’. The theme highlights the important role of wetlands as a a natural solution to climate change. Visit ttps:// for further information. Sub-themes include wetland management and restoration, wetland education and wetland policy.

Registration closing date Thursday, 24th January 2019.

Minimising impact The conference strives to minimise its environmental impact by encouraging delegates to car-pool, request e-program booklets and bring their own water bottles. We also provide re-usable coffee mugs, glasses and plates and use recycled paper. We also encourage the display of promotional material on common tables or at exhibition spaces, rather than in conference kits, ensuring only interested persons take the relevant material.

A Conference Steering Committee assists The Wetlands Centre's Conference Organiser. The 2019 Committee includes staff and volunteer representatives from the following community, local and State Government organisations:

  • City of Cockburn
  • Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
  • State Wetlands Coordinating Committee
  • The Wetlands Centre - Cockburn
  • Western Australian Local Government Association
  • Wetlands Conservation Society Inc


The Wetlands Centre gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:



            SILVER               SPONSORS



City of Cockburn logo


DWER logo 



 DBCA logo











NRM jobs



Conference Program

(*Denotes speaker, where there are multiple authors)


Registrations (come early for a cuppa and catchup with other wetlanders)



Opening remarks

Emeritus Professor Philip Jennings, Wetlands Conservation Society Inc


Welcome to country

Reverend Sealin Garlett


Keynote presentation


It has never been a better time to work on wetlands - new approaches to wetland science and management

Professor Jenny Davis, Charles Darwin University

Plenary presentation 1


Restoring status and trends of the world's wetlands: results of a citizen science survey

Louise Duff, World Wetland Network


The Vasse-Wonnerup Wetlands - Monitoring, Modelling & Management

Peta Kelsey & Linda Kalnejais, Aquatic Science Branch, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation

Poster presentation 1


The Swan Estuary Marine Park

Margaret Matassa & Catherine O'Neil, Swan Estuary Reserves Action Group Inc


 Behavioural responses of a freshwater turtle to habitat modification and climate drying

 Anthony Santoro, Murdoch University


Noongar Country, Wetland Glimpses

Pat Forster, WA Inspired Art Quilters

10.35am Morning tea


Plenary presentations - session 2


The hydrology of Lake McLarty

Peter Muirden, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions


 Changes in aquatic communities in south-western Australia and conservation status of some aquatic invertebrates

 Melita Pennifold, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions / Bennelongia Environmental Consultants


Rehabilitating Roe 8: A standard approach to a not so standard restoration project

Tom Atkinson, Emerge Associates

12 noon

Wetlands and Wildlife Corridors

Dr Jane Chambers, Environmental and Conservation Sciences, Murdoch University

Poster presentations 2


Camera monitoring in Yellagonga Regional Park

*Kevin McLeod and John Hudson, Friends of Yellagonga Regional Park Inc


Electrofishing: a sampling tool to support management of urban wetland health

*Chris Hofmeester ad Mel Tucker, Wetland Research & Management


Using a common sampling frame to organise monitoring of an urban restoration projectomposition of organic matter and nutrient sources contributing to a temperate, modified estuary

*Rachel Omodei and Tom Atkinson, Emerge Associates


Amazon Frogbit (tbc)

Dan Friesen, South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare (SERCUL)

12.35pm Lunch

Session 3 (Facilitator: Linda Metz, City of Cockburn)

Panel discussion


A facilitated discussion with a focus on wetlands and climate change issues requiring attention both politically and from a management perspective.

Confirmed panel members

Professor Jenny Davis, Dean, College of Engineering, IT & Environment, Charles Darwin University

Professor Pierre Horwitz, Director, Centre for Ecosystem Management, Edith Cowan University

Chris Beaton, Environmental Manager, City of Cockburn

2.30pm Afternoon tea

Session 4

Workshop concurrent session


WORKSHOP CHOICES (choice of 1 workshop)

Delegates can attend one workshop during the concurrent session. Please select two preferences from the following five workshops and number from 1 to 2 on the registration form (1 equals your highest preference). Workshops will be filled on a first-come basis following registration.

Workshop 1: Planning for healthy wetland buffers

Presenters:  Helen Brookes and Shelley Shepherd, Directors, Urbaqua

This workshop will consider approaches to defining wetland buffers in an urban development context in light of the proposed update to State Planning Policy 2.9: Water Resources. We will explore a range of factors such as purpose, size, revegetation, bushfire risk, drainage and access requirements and how these factors influence the ability to enhance ecological outcomes and deliver an asset for the community. 

Workshop 2: Perth's wetlands - past, present and future knowledge

Presenters:  Ingrid Sieler, Sustainable Communities Manager, Perth NRM and Louise

Duff, Program Manager, Wetlands, Catchments and Coasts, Conservation Volunteers Australia

Rapid urban growth, coupled with organisational change has meant that the knowledge about our wetlands is not always readily accessible to the diverse range of people that work to manage and conserve them.  This workshop is a chance for us to share and record the information, knowledge and skills around the management of Perth’s wetlands (and beyond).  During the interactive workshop participants will identify the major stakeholders and innovative on-ground programs.  We will aim to collate new and existing research (including GIS data that exists, climate change, threats); list Conventions/obligations (including Ramsar, reservation status); regulations for wetland management etc.; and identify gaps and blockages to effective management. Participants will consider future direction for our growing city, using a national and international context and consider operational and strategic actions that can readily be taken to make a difference.  Information will be collated after the conference and shared with the workshop participants.    

Workshop 3: Wetlands of Gondwana Link: Using Youtube to promote inspiring wetland stories from WA's South Coast

Presenter: Aline Brione, Project Manager, Green Skills Inc

This workshop will present 5 short wetland YouTube films, made by Green Skills and film maker Craig Carter of Earthrise Productions over the past 2 years.  These films focus on inspiring wetland and biodiversity eco-restoration projects from the lower south west, forming part of Gondwana link, The workshop will include a discussion on how YouTube, social media and other digital platforms can be used to greatly enhance our wetland promotion capabilities. Come along and contribute your ideas!   

Workshop 4:  Welcome to the world of micro-bats

Presenter: Joe Tonga, Director, Natsync Environmental

Bats are fascinating animals - the only true flying mammal. During this workshop participants will learn about the secret lives of mirco-bats. With habitat loss and a changing climate discover which micro-bats still survive in an urban environment like Bibra Lake.  Learn about their behaviour, feeding, breeding and roosting requirements. Workshop participants will combine theory with a visit to view the variety of on-site artificial bat boxes that are assisting with the conservation of these furry critters.

Workshop 5: From wetland weeds to a wetland SPA (Bibra Lake site visit)!

Presenter:  Denise Crosbie, Wetlands Officer, The Wetlands Centre Cockburn

The wetland vegetation community at Bibra Lake has suffered from past land clearing practices and subsequent invasion by weeds.  Since 2003 The Wetlands Centre, with support from the City of Cockburn, has undertaken a variety of trials to develop practical techniques for re-establishing the wetland vegetation communities. The project aimed to create reasonably self-sustaining vegetation communities that would also function as a wetland seed production area (wet SPA) to supply locally provenanced seed for annual revegetation projects.

The site visit will pass through an annual sequence of works dating back to 2003 and examine the practical techniques used including seed collection and propagation, initial site preparation, revegetation and maintenance. Photomonitoring records will demonstrate the changes over time. A highlight of the visit will be the Narma Kullarck floating boardwalk. Please wear enclosed shoes, a hat and bring a water bottle. (Please note: some delegates may have participated in this site visit at previous conferences. The visit is primarily aimed at new attendees).


Post-conference drinks and nibblies

This Program may be subject to some changes prior to or during the conference.

Please help the environment – bring your own water bottle!


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The Wetlands Centre - Cockburn
184 Hope Road
Bibra Lake, WA 6163

Friday, 1 February 2019 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (AWST)

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The Wetlands Centre - Cockburn

The Wetlands Centre - Cockburn is a dynamic, friendly place where the community comes to dip their toes into the world of wetlands. Since 1993 our Centre has been dedicated to the conservation and restoration of wetlands, environmental education, training, & youth services.  We are an independent, not-for-profit, community organisation. Our Centre runs with a handful of dedicated staff and an amazing team of volunteers.  We are in the suburb of Bibra Lake, 15 km south of Perth, the capital city of Western Australia. Our centre is a gateway to the Beeliar Regional Park, a conservation reserve which was created around two parallel chains of wetlands stretching for 23 km along the Swan Coastal Plain.


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