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NPA Symposium - Caring for Namadgi Science and People

Starts: 05-May-2006
Ends: 07-May-2006


The National Parks Association of the ACT Inc. (NPA ACT) is hosting a symposium in Canberra on 5 - 7 May 2006 which will include a Saturday afternoon outing in Namadgi National Park. The main venue is the  Vikings Town Centre Club, Tuggeranong, nearby the bus exchange (see map).

The symposium is aimed at introducing the general public and users of  Namadgi National Park to the wide range of scientific research that underlies management of the park, of other ACT nature reserves, and of the Australian Alps National Park.

It will be the first in a series of seminars and conferences leading  up to the 50th anniversary of the NPA ACT in 2010. We will publish the proceedings to promote a wider public understanding of environmental issues, such as fire management in the park following the 2003 bushfires.

Our long-term goal is to have a more environmentally aware public who support - personally and politically - sound scientifically-based decisions in park management and resourcing.

Speakers will include researchers from Government, Universities, Cooperative Research Centres, the private sector and Namadgi National Park staff.


Themes of the Symposium

• Namadgi NP  - nature reserve or theme park  - joint management issues ahead

• Treasures of Namadgi: evolution, geology, Aboriginal custodianship, European period

• Treetop to litter - soils and rocks, plant, bird, animal and insect ecology and pest management

• Namadgi as part of the Australian Alps National Park

• Sustainable water for 10 generations

• Threats: bushfire - litter or fuel, climate change, management policies, recreation

• Neighbours and carers of Namadgi - issues for management

• Challenges, gap analysis and action plans

Speakers include

Roger Good, Ian Fraser, Matthew Higgins, Prof Geoff Hope, Dr Maria Taranto and Adrian Whitehead.

Cost of Registration

Daily registration fees of $10/person are subsidised by the NPA ACT  to encourage community participation. Pay at the door.


Registration is now only available at the venue.


Friday 5 May 2006

12:00 – 13:00
13:00 – 13:05
Welcome/Introductions/ Acknowledgment
Christine Goonrey
13:05 – 13:20
Symposium Opening
Minister for the Environment John Hargreaves MLA
13:30 – 15:15
Session 1 Treasures
Matthew Higgins

Namadgi: place of nature, place of history

Chair: Christine Goonrey
Murray Evans
Corroboree Frogs – icons of the high country
Bob Abell
Namadgi National Park – A Geological Perspective
Stephen Alegria

Looking after our Treasure- Challenges for Management Staff and the Community

14:55 – 15:15
Wrap up/Discussion
15:15 – 15:30
Afternoon tea and Posters
15:45 – 17:30

Session 2 Namadgi: What and for whom?

Ian Fraser

I can't help wondering about Namadgi

Chair: Neville Esau
Margaret Kitchin

ACT Vegetation following the fires - recovery and post-fire response

Mark Lintermans

Threatened fish in montane streams, Namadgi and beyond.

Wrap up/Discussion

Saturday 6 May

08:30 – 09:00
09:00 – 10:15
Session 3 Treetop to Litter
Chair: Martin Chalk

Kirilly Dickson

Water supply - managing catchments for shared values

Don Fletcher
Rachel Sims
A place for discoveries: finding a new kind of cooperation
Wrap up/Discussion
10:15 – 10:45
Morning tea and Posters
10:45 – 12:30 (105 mins)
Session 4 Threats
Maria Taranto

HighFire - Underpinning evidence-based policy for fire management in Australia's high country

Chair: Max Lawrence
Adrian Whitehead
Climate Change:
Martin Worthy

Infrequent, high magnitude erosion events in the Cotter River catchment, Namadgi National Park

12:10 – 12:30
Wrap up /Discussion
End Session
13:00 – 14:00
Barbeque at Namadgi Visitors Centre
Adrian Brown ???
Cultural craft demonstrations
14:00 – 17:00
Outings to Namadgi NP

All outings will depart Namadgi Visitors Centre after the barbeque. We will walk to the ruins of Tennent Homestead but use car-pooling for the others. You will need to register for the outings at the symposium as there is a limit of 12 people per trip. Severaltrips can be made to Orroral and Tennent Homesteads.

Outing 1  Yerrabi Track                                          Guide: Bob Abell

Outing 2  Gudgenby Bush regeneration area          Guide: Clive Hurlstone

Outing 3  Orroral Homestead                                 Guide: Mike Smith

Outing 4  Tennent Homestead                                Guide: Steven Forst


Saturday Buffet Dinner – 6:30 for 7pm Vikings Town Centre Club, Tuggeranong (price $27.50)

Sunday 7 May

08:30 – 09:00
09:00 – 10:15
Session 5 Sustainable water
Peter Hairsine
Impact of roads on water quality in national parks
Chair: David Large
Roger Good

Rehabilitation of significant catchment ecosystems in the Alps Parks

Geoff Hope
History of Wetlands and bog recovery program
09:55 – 10:15
Wrap Up/Discussion
10:15 – 10:45
Morning tea and Posters
10:45 – 12:30
Session 6 Challenges

Steve Welch and Mike Schultz

Making Connections - Our environmental future

Chair: Kevin McCue
Hazel Rath
Removal and revegetation of the Boboyan Pine Plantation, Gudgenby
Jim Hone

Feral pigs in Namadgi National Park: dynamics, impacts and control

12:00 – 12:30
Wrap up/Discussion/ Way forward
End Symposium


Convenor: Kevin
phone: 02 6251 1291

NPA ACT Office:
Address: PO Box 1940, Woden  ACT  2606
phone: 02 6282 5813


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