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Rainforests of Subtropical Australia: a Symposium of Science and Practice

Healthy Land and Water

Thursday, 23 March 2017 at 8:00 am - Friday, 24 March 2017 at 4:00 pm (AEST)

Rainforests of Subtropical Australia: a Symposium of...

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Ticket Type Sales End Price * Fee Quantity
COMMUNITY GROUP DISCOUNT Full Symposium and Dinner Ended $260.00 $12.69
Full Symposium and Dinner Ticket Ended $360.00 $17.19
COMMUNITY GROUP DISCOUNT Day 1 Only Ticket Ended $110.00 $5.94
Day 1 Only Ticket Ended $160.00 $8.19
COMMUNITY GROUP DISCOUNT Day 2 Only Ticket Ended $110.00 $5.94
Day 2 Only Ticket Ended $160.00 $8.19
Drinks with Rainforest Legends and Dinner (Currumbin RSL) Ended $60.00 $3.69
* Prices include GST

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Rainforests of Subtropical Australia (ROSA):

A Symposium of Science and Practice

Robina Community Centre & Auditorium, Gold Coast,  23-24 March 2017

ROSA has now ended, however, we are putting together a summary of the symposium and will make presentations publicly available through the Healthy Land and Water website (, hopefully by the end of April 2017.

It has been a decade since the last major rainforest conference in eastern Australia, and ROSA promises to bring the very latest in subtropical rainforest science and restoration practice to you in one exciting event!

Special guest speakers include some of Australia's leading rainforest experts such as Tim Low, Prof Roger Kitching AM, Prof Carla Catterall and Prof Ralf Buckley among many others.  Thematic presentations will fall into 4 streams – rainforest restoration, values, threatened species and climate change. 

In addition, ROSA will redefine the sometimes fraught relationship between fire and rainforest in a dynamic Q&A style discussion with 6 amazing panellists. And one of the conservation prophets of our time – Ian Lowe – will entertain you at the Symposium dinner.

Over 250 people are expected to attend this Symposium being held at the Robina Community Centre, so don't miss out as places are limited!  ROSA is designed for anyone managing and conserving subtropical rainforest communities, and includes over 30 presenters that are leaders in their respective fields.

If you're passionate about or involved in the management and conservation of rainforest communities from a landholder, community group, government, or industry perspective make sure you don't miss ROSA 2017!

Discount tickets available for members of community natural resource management groups. Valid community NRM groups include those which are members of either SEQCMA (SEQ Catchments Members Association Inc) or Healthy Land and Water. If you're a member of one of these groups, please contact them directly to obtain the ROSA Discount code. If your group is not listed, please contact

 Program Itinerary Outline
 Day 1 - Thursday 23 March  8:00am-9:00am  Registration
 9:00am-5:00pm  Symposium
 5:30pm-9:30pm  Drinks with Rainforest Legends and Dinner*
 Day 2 - Friday 24 March  8:00am-9:00am  Breakfast film
 9:00am- 4:00pm  Symposium

 * Please note Drinks with Rainforest Legends and Dinner will be held at the Currumbin RSL, 165 Duringan Street, Currumbin Qld 4223.


Some of the amazing guest speakers and presentations confirmed for ROSA include:

 DAY 1 - Thursday 23 March
Tim Low, Biologist and Ecologist Subtropical Rainforest as a Climate Change Refuge in the deep past and the future
Prof Roger Kitching, Griffith University From Lamington to the World: The IBISCA Queensland Project 12 Years On
Prof Carla Catterall, Griffith University Facilitating Rainforest Recovery: Process and Practice
Liz Gould, Healthy Land & Water The Rainforest Wrap: Conservation and restoration milestones since the 2006 Rainforest Recovery Conference

Deborah Metters, Healthy Land & Water

Marc Russell, Sunshine Coast Council

Lexie Webster, City of Gold Coast

Engaging Community in Rainforest Conservation - The Land for Wildlife case study

Dr Tony Parkes, Big Scrub Landcare

Big Scrub Landcare - the voice of the rainforest
Hamish Holewa, Griffith University The Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory (BCCVL): An innovative tool for mapping and modelling species distributions
Valerie Hagger, PhD Candidate, University of Queensland / CSIRO Land  & Water Rainforests as climate change refugia for vulnerable species in subtropical Australia
Dr Peter Young Refugial, Trigger and Source Populations: Patterns from shrubby sclerophyllous ecosystems and applicability to dry subtropical rainforest
Assoc Prof Alison Shapcott, University of the Sunshine Coast DNA genotyping rainforests
Maxim Bottaro, Southern Cross University Comparing genetic diversity between remnant rainforest trees and nursery seedlings for adaptable regeneration
Dr Luke Shoo, University of Queensland Rainforest Restoration: What to do where and when
Lui Weber, University of Queensland Are Australian subtropical montane rainforests true cloud forests?
Shannon Mooney, Healthy Land & Water A Forest of Rains: Using SEQ Story Maps to highlight how stable, cool and maximum temperature zones will impact on SEQ rainforests
Dr Melinda Laidlaw, Queensland Herbarium  The potential impacts of climate change on Australian subtropical rainforest
Wal Mayr, Gold Coast Catchment Association Partnerships made in heaven: Restoring critically endangered lowland subtropical rainforest in the Upper Austinville Valley
Susie Duncan, Hinterland Bushlinks Roving Restorers: Involving the community in landscape connectivity
Phil Moran & Rachel Lyons, Noosa Landcare Keeping it in Kin Kin
Drinks with Rainforest Legends & Dinner
Emeritus Professor, Ian Lowe Dinner Address "Rainforest, rationality and ratbags: where do we go from here?"
DAY 2 - Friday 24 March
Professor Ralf Buckley, Griffith University Valuation techniques - water, bioprospecting, ecotourism, human mental health
Professor Tony Carroll, Griffith University Biodiscovery in rainforests of the Australia subtropics
Dr Fran Guard, Queensland Mycological Society Rainforests - more than flora and fauna: the emerging roles of fungi
David Nalder, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation Rainforests of Minjerribah - Cross-cultural Partnerships post Native Title
Dr Catherine Nock, Southern Cross University Conserving the wild relatives of Macadamia
Rob McCormack, Australian Crayfish Project Unknown, unloved and critically endangered: Freshwater crayfish of Australia’s Subtropical Rainforests
Emma Gray, Queensland University of Technology Ecology and Status of a New Species of Carnivorous Marsupial, the Black-tailed Antechinus
Spencer Shaw, Brush Turkey Enterprises The Thin Green Line: Natural regeneration in subtropical rainforest
Sheldon Navie, IVM Solutions New and emerging rainforest weeds
Steven Howell, PhD candidate University of Queensland / Department of Environment and Heritage Protection Recovery of subtropical rainforest following disturbance
Harry Hines, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Frogs of Australia’s subtropical rainforests: their status and advances in monitoring
Dr Peggy Eby, University of New South Wales Conserving Grey-headed Flying-foxes - don’t shoot the messenger
David Jinks, Gold Coast Botany Incremental loss in a regulated world. Are we doing enough to reverse the decline of our threatened rainforest flora?
Dr John Stanisic, Honorary Research Fellow, Queensland Museum aka The Snail Whisperer Land snails of the subtropical rainforests: the common, the rare and the threatened

Tim Moore, Dept of Environment and Heritage Protection

Dr Tim Robson, City of Gold Coast

Dr Penny Watson

Dr Bill McDonald

Andy Baker, Southern Cross University

Darren Burns, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation

Fire & Rainforest Q&A


 + more to come!!!


The 2017 ROSA Symposium is hosted by Healthy Land and Water, a community-focused and science-based, waterway and natural asset management not-for-profit organisation working with our partners to improve the coordination and implementation of best practice catchment management.



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What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

ROSA is being held at the Robina Community Centre & Auditorium on the Gold Coast. The Robina Community Centre and Auditorium is located alongside the Robina Library and Art Gallery and is an ideal venue for functions, concerts, meetings and community events and managed by City of Gold Coast. 

The Centre is located at 196 Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina with the Auditorium accessed via the Library entrance.  

Plenty of parking is available at the venue. 

Public transport is also an option with the Robina Train Station approximately 800m from the venue with a bus link also available. Visit to plan your journey. 

What is the 'Drinks with Rainforest Legends and Dinner Event?

A unique feature of ROSA is the opportunity to mingle with some legends of rainforest conservation before sitting down to dinner and having the opportunity to gain insights from one of Australia's pre-eminent thinkers on conservation, Ian Lowe. This event will be held at the Currumbin RSL on 'The Deck'.   


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch with us via  and we'll do our best to answer them. 


What's the refund policy?

Unfortunately tickets are nonrefundable except in circumstances where we have to cancel the event. 


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No - we will have a record of all tickets purchased so ID is all that is needed to confirm your entry. 


Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

You may wish to assign your ticket to an alternative attendee however please let us know by getting in touch with us via .


What is the 'fee' charge for each ticket?

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I'm giving a presentation at the event, how do I book tickets?

Please get in touch with to confirm your presentation and attendance arrangements.

Have questions about Rainforests of Subtropical Australia: a Symposium of Science and Practice? Contact Healthy Land and Water

When & Where

Robina Community Centre
196 Robina Town Centre Drive
(Corner San Antonio Court)
Robina, Qld 4226

Thursday, 23 March 2017 at 8:00 am - Friday, 24 March 2017 at 4:00 pm (AEST)

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Healthy Land and Water is an independent, not-for-profit organisation working to improve the sustainable use of land and waterways in South-East Queensland. Visit for more information. 

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