Environmental Forum 2024

Saturday 13th April.
TIME: 9am-12.30pm – break for morning tea
VENUE: Cavendish Primary School

BOOKING: Tickets available now for a small cost of $10 – includes morning tea.

 

After amazing feedback from previous Environmental Forums we are thrilled to bring you another inspiring and informative event.

The theme for 2024 is ‘Man’s effect on our natural Red Gum environment” with the emphasis on regeneration agriculture and sustainable farming.

We are thrilled to welcome Festival Ambassador, Professor Andrew Campbell as MC and an amazing line up of guest speakers.

2024 Guest speakers

Dr Lachlan Farrington

Principal Ecologist at Nature Glenelg Trust.
Lachlan has a research background in landscape genetics, and since 2007 has developed specialised applied ecological experience with a range of technical tools (GIS, remote sensing, data-logger and field ecological data interpretation, etc.) to deliver science-based, on-ground environmental outcomes. In 2022 he was appointed to a key scientific leadership role in NGT as our Principal Ecologist.

Dr Lachlan Farrington

Principal Ecologist at Nature Glenelg Trust.
Lachlan has a research background in landscape genetics, and since 2007 has developed specialised applied ecological experience with a range of technical tools (GIS, remote sensing, data-logger and field ecological data interpretation, etc.) to deliver science-based, on-ground environmental outcomes. In 2022 he was appointed to a key scientific leadership role in NGT as our Principal Ecologist.

Dr Greg Moore OAM

Greg Moore was Principal of Burnley College of the Institute of Land Food Resources at Melbourne University from 1988 to 2007. Prior to this he was a Senior Lecturer and Lecturer in Plant Science and Arboriculture at Burnley from 1979. He is currently supervising six post-graduate students and continues to pursue an active research profile in any matters that relate to trees in the urban environment and revegetation. He has written one book, contributed to four others and has had some 120 papers and articles relating to tree biology and management published.

Dr Greg Moore OAM

Greg Moore was Principal of Burnley College of the Institute of Land Food Resources at Melbourne University from 1988 to 2007. Prior to this he was a Senior Lecturer and Lecturer in Plant Science and Arboriculture at Burnley from 1979. He is currently supervising six post-graduate students and continues to pursue an active research profile in any matters that relate to trees in the urban environment and revegetation. He has written one book, contributed to four others and has had some 120 papers and articles relating to tree biology and management published.

Rowan Reid

Rowan co-authored the book Agroforestry in Australia and New Zealand at the age of 24, and has since been a leader in the development of agroforestry education and extension programs in Australia. He  developed the first undergraduate course in agroforestry in Australia and the very successful Australian Master TreeGrower Program. Rowan was awarded the 2000 Eureka Prize in Environmental Education for his work on the program. In 2007, Rowan extended the MTG program to include training for Peer Group Mentors, a concept first introduced by the Otway Agroforestry Network of which he is a founding member.

Rowan Reid

Rowan co-authored the book Agroforestry in Australia and New Zealand at the age of 24, and has since been a leader in the development of agroforestry education and extension programs in Australia. He  developed the first undergraduate course in agroforestry in Australia and the very successful Australian Master TreeGrower Program. Rowan was awarded the 2000 Eureka Prize in Environmental Education for his work on the program. In 2007, Rowan extended the MTG program to include training for Peer Group Mentors, a concept first introduced by the Otway Agroforestry Network of which he is a founding member.

Dr Angie Haslem

Angie is an ecologist from the La Trobe University (Department of Environment and Genetics). Her research has a strong focus on biodiversity conservation, and she is particularly interested in understanding how we can best manage landscapes so as to maintain and enhance native species and communities.  She works in the fields of landscape ecology (often studying biodiversity in farm landscapes) and fire ecology (where she is interested in how fire regimes affect biodiversity).

Dr Angie Haslem

Angie is an ecologist from the La Trobe University (Department of Environment and Genetics). Her research has a strong focus on biodiversity conservation, and she is particularly interested in understanding how we can best manage landscapes so as to maintain and enhance native species and communities.  She works in the fields of landscape ecology (often studying biodiversity in farm landscapes) and fire ecology (where she is interested in how fire regimes affect biodiversity).

Anna Sweeney

Anna Sweeney is a mother, farmer, consultant, and Chairperson of the Western District Health Service Board (WDHS).  She has worked across public, private, and not for profit sectors in International Development, Sustainable Agriculture, Environmental Management and Community Engagement. Anna is deeply aware of the complex and challenging issues facing agriculture and regional communities in Australia and is a strong advocate for programs that support farmers and the communities they live in to adapt to a changing environment. Anna, her husband Jarrod and their two young boys run a regenerative sheep farm in the Western District of Victoria where they are dedicated to sustainable farming practices that prioritize the health and well-being of both animals and the environment. Through rotational grazing, natural fertilization, and other holistic methods, they are committed to creating a resilient and sustainable farm that can thrive for generations to come.

Anna Sweeney

Anna Sweeney is a mother, farmer, consultant, and Chairperson of the Western District Health Service Board (WDHS).  She has worked across public, private, and not for profit sectors in International Development, Sustainable Agriculture, Environmental Management and Community Engagement. Anna is deeply aware of the complex and challenging issues facing agriculture and regional communities in Australia and is a strong advocate for programs that support farmers and the communities they live in to adapt to a changing environment. Anna, her husband Jarrod and their two young boys run a regenerative sheep farm in the Western District of Victoria where they are dedicated to sustainable farming practices that prioritize the health and well-being of both animals and the environment. Through rotational grazing, natural fertilization, and other holistic methods, they are committed to creating a resilient and sustainable farm that can thrive for generations to come.