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Perth’s Lost Lakes: A Symposium

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Peter Cowan Writers Centre Inc.

270 Joondalup Drive

#20

Joondalup, WA 6919

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How can Perth recover and rewild its lost lacustrine ecosystems when the dominant wisdom, inscribed on every “Road to Recovery,” invests in extending the built environment? And how might Perth’s human culture be more enriched by rediscovering its watery past? Join distinguished scholars, writers and civic leaders for an afternoon of enquiry and discussion, followed by a guided tour of Joondalup Lake.

12:00-12:45: Lunch at Peter Cowan Writers Centre

Launch of Primavariants (2017, ICLL Press)

1:00-1:15: Welcome to Country, (TBC), Building 21: Room 201

1:15-2:45: Roundtable 1: Perth’s Lost Lakes, Surveying the Cultural Ecosystem

Moderated by Denise Cook (Deakin)

  1. John Ryan (UNE-UWA): Australian Wetland Cultures: Poetry, Swamps, Conservation (20 mins)
  2. Nandi Chinna (Research Consultant): Walking Perth’s Lost Wetlands (20 mins)
  3. Danielle Brady (ECU): The Cultural Significance of Wetlands: from Central Perth’s Lost Swamps to the Beeliar Wetlands (20 mins)
  4. Discussion (30 mins)

3:00-3:15: Premiere of The West Australian Landscapes in Literature Prize in Short Fiction,

3:30-5:00: Roundtable 2: Lakes to Recovery: Capitalizing on Restored Ecosystems

Moderated by Andrea Gaynor (UWA)

  1. Philip Jennings (Murdoch) (20 mins)
  2. Renata Zelinova, (WA Local Government Association) (20 mins)
  3. (TBC) (20 mins)
  4. Discussion (30 mins)

5:45-6:30: Tour of Lake Joondalup

(Schedule subject to change)

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270 Joondalup Drive

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