Dieback Information Group (DIG) Annual Conference 31 Aug-1 Sep 2022

By Steve Gates

Dear NRPG members and interested,

For your information.

Kind regards,

Steve Gates, President, NRPG Bushcarers

Good morning,

Please find details of the DIG conference you may find of interest and if you could help promote to your networks.

One topic being covered is Myrtle Rust which is now in the Kimberley.

The Dieback Working Group will be holding their annual 2 day Dieback Information Group (DIG) conference on Wednesday 31st August and Thursday 1st September 2022.

Join the conference for the first day, Wednesday 31st August at the Bendat Parent and Community Centre, Wembley, or online, featuring an array of speakers presenting on a broad range of topics.

This year’s conference will provide a focus on behaviour change and eco system resilience with updates on the detection of Myrtle Rust in the Kimberley, and the challenges and future directions that lie ahead in lieu of its discovery. The conference will equip you with the tools to engage with the public in meaningful ways and to understand alternative, diverse perspectives. This will help enact change, and mitigate threats to our ecological, social, economic and cultural values.

The 2022 Conference will host local, interstate, and international speakers including Taoho Patuawa who will be joining us from New Zealand, Dr Sarah Green from the UK, as well as Sonya Broughton the Chief Plant Biosecurity Officer for Western Australia. The event will feature a panel discussion that will focus on the use of Traditional Ecological Knowledge to progress the management of Phytophthora into the future.

Other speakers will include:

Dr Stephen Van Leeuwen – Chair of Biodiversity and Environmental Science

Keith McDougall – Department of Environment and Genetics, La Trobe University

Tom Mansfield – PhD Candidate – Murdoch University

Shanika Harshani – PhD Candidate – Murdoch University

Bruno Rikli – Director – Bark Environmental

Dr Jo Ann Beckwith – Environmental Planner
Paul Barber – Professor – Murdoch University
Oliver Tester – Department of Climate Change Energy Water
Jessica Miller – Wild Otways Initiative

The second day of the conference, Thursday 1st September will consist of a half day of Green Card Training at DBCA Mundaring, vehicle clean-down demonstration, followed by a guided field trip of research projects and Phytophthora management at the Black Cockatoo Reserve.

Registration is now open, with options to attend one or both days of the conference. Please use this link to book your tickets DIG Conference 2022 Tickets, Wed 31/08/2022 at 8:30 am | Eventbrite.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2022 DIG Conference!

Thank you and kind regards,

 Ian

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