2008 Symposium
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2008 Symposium Proceedings

  One of our Association's goals is to keep the public informed about issues affecting our national parks.  You can read our  Media Release.

Each speaker had 30 minutes on a topic that addresses our general theme. 

The venue was the CSIRO Discovery Centre.

Each attendee received a printed copy of the 135 page colour proceedings.  A limited number of extra copies are available.
Cost (including GST):  $15 each plus $8.50 for postage and handling.



Corridors for Survival in a Changing World


Friday 9 May 2008

12:00 – 13:00




13:00 – 13:10

Jon Stanhope meets speakers and media

13:10 – 13:20

Welcome/Introductions/ Acknowledgment of indigenous land owners

Christine Goonrey

13:20 – 13:30

Symposium Opening

Chief Minister: Jon Stanhope

13:30 – 15:00

Session 1 

Chair: Christine Goonrey

Janette Lindesay

Climate variability and change in south-eastern Australia: the observational record and the future


Ian Pulsford

A conservation corridor along Australia's great eastern ranges: Progress in implementing the New South Wales section




Phil Zylstra

Climate change, forest flammability and strategic management options in Kosciuszko National Park

15:00 – 15:15


Wrap up/Discussion

15:15 – 15:30

Afternoon tea and announcement of the winners of the NPA ACT Photographic Competition by Hamish McNulty

15:30 – 17:00

Session 2

Chair: Clive Hurlstone

Rod Atkins

Enhancing connectivity through co-operation across borders in the Australian Alps – building resilience for an uncertain future



Roger Good

Management adaptations to climate change impacts in the alpine area



Brett McNamara

Treasures of Namadgi National Park: Contemporary park management in a changing world

17:00 - 17:30


Wrap up/Discussion

17:30 – 18:30

Orchid Book launch

David Jones introduced by Craig Allen

18:30 – 19:00           Discovery Centre tour


Friday Night Dinner  19:00 -  22:00  Discovery Centre


Saturday 10 May 2008

08:30 – 09:00




09:00 – 10:15

Session 3

Chair: Chris Emery

Martin Worthy

Landscape responses following fire in Namadgi National Park, Australia: A  perspective from the ground



Trish Harrup

Climate change – local impacts



Anett Richter

Where have all the beetles gone? Alarming responses of coleopteran numbers to habitat fragmentation and drought in native grassland remnants in the ACT





 10:15 - 10:30

 Wrap up/discussion

10:30 – 10:45

 Morning tea and viewing of NPA ACT Photographic Competition

10:45 – 12:15

Session 4

Chair: Judy Kelly

Geoff Hope

A tale of two swamps: sub-Alpine peatlands in the Kelly-Scabby area of Namadgi National Park



Michael Doherty

Moist fingers in a drying landscape: Effects of fire and climate on native vegetation in the northern parts of the Australian Alps



Will Osborne

Green and Golden Bell Frogs and movement corridors – surveys and radio-tracking reveal importance of landscape linkages between river and wetland habitats on the upper Molonglo River

12:15 – 12:30

Wrap up /Discussion

12:30 – 13:25



Amanda Carey Award Presentation

13:30 – 15:00

Session 5

Chair: Kevin McCue

Graeme Worboys

Connectivity conservation: A critical response to climate change



Sarah Sharp

Climate change and biodiversity: what are the challenges for the ACT?



Adrian Manning

Mulligans Flat/Goorooyaroo Woodlands experiment

15:00 – 15:30

Afternoon tea

15:30 – 16:30

Session 6

Chair: Beverley Hammond

Malcolm Gill

Global warming, fires and the montane forests of south-eastern Australia



Maxine Cooper

Working towards achieving sustainability using a "4 C" approach: Core, Connectivity, Community, Commitment

16:30 – 17:00

Wrap up and close

Christine Goonrey