State Natural Resource Management Conference Comes to Mandurah

Western Australia’s most significant natural resource management (NRM) event, the state’s annual conference, is coming to Mandurah this year. The State NRM Conference, 21-23 September 2015, is being held at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre and is expected to draw over 200 delegates with this year’s theme announced as “Finding the Balance: Healthy Environment, Productive Economy.”

The region’s peak NRM body, the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council, is working closely with the other NRM Regions and the State NRM Office as co-convenors of the conference. Chair Jan Star A.M. said the conference afforded an excellent opportunity to local and state NRM practitioners.

“We are delighted to be the hosting region for this major conference and are presenting an optional pre-conference tour for delegates on the Peel-Harvey waterways and estuary escorted by award winning nature photographer David Rennie, Department of Water and Birdlife WA. The cruise will provide a water based experience of our internationally recognised Peel Inlet including the Creery Wetlands; a significant habitat haven for up to 100,000 resident and migratory shorebirds,” said Jan Star.

Jan Star acknowledged the support of major event sponsors City of Mandurah and Lotterywest, who have announced a limited number of subsidised conference registrations for community members and people working for not-for-profit organisations.

“We are also very pleased to acknowledge City of Mandurah for partnering this event as one of the key sponsors. It is very gratifying to see so many entities combining their resources to create an accessible program for the delegates. We have just learnt that through sponsorship from Lotterywest, the conference committee has been able to offer limited subsidised registration for participants who volunteer or work in community landcare, NRM or other not for profit environment/ sustainable agriculture type organisations,” said Jan Star.

Applications for subsidised registration close on Friday 21 August. Limited positions apply and each applicant will reviewed on a first come first served basis. Applications received on or before Friday 7 August will be eligible for $250 subsidy, applications after this date will be eligible for $150 subsidy.

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Media Contact: Jane O’Malley, Chief Executive Officer, Peel-Harvey Catchment Council, , (08) 6369 8800

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