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Conservation in focus at Bathurst conference

Conservation will be in the spotlight when 150 industry leaders and delegates descend on Bathurst from May 16 to 17.

Conservation in Action: Research to Reality will bring together people from across natural resource management including scientists, policy makers, program managers and specialists who implement works in the field.

Think waterways, natural landscapes, native flora and fauna, and threatened species – these are some of the topics that will be discussed over the two day event.

Conference committee member Mick Callan said it was a unique chance to have the biggest names in conservation under the one roof.

“We’ll have a variety of case studies presented as well as research findings and some educational talks – it will be a great snapshot of the work that is done every day across the country in conservation,” he said.

“One of Australia’s most respected environmental scientists Dr Ian Lowe will present a keynote address on day one of the conference. With a swag of awards and honours to his name, including the Centenary Medal for contributions to environmental science and the Eureka Prize for promotion of science, his presentation is one not to be missed”.

Additionally, an array of speakers are locked in to attend including critically endangered Regent Honeyeater researcher Ross Crates, coordinator of the NSW recovery program for the endangered Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby Dr Deborah Ashworth, and reptile and rocky outcrop expert Dr Damian Michael.

A series of supporting events have been organised to complement the conference program with workshops, field trips, social events and a photography competition all accessible to people who may not be able to attend the full conference.

The conference is being organised as a partnership between Central Tablelands Local Land Services, Central Tablelands Landcare and the Central West Councils Environment & Waterways Alliance.

Conservation in Action: Research to Reality will be held on May 16 and 17 at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre. A full conference program and a link to register can be found at