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The 2018 K'gari-Fraser Island Research Symposium is a 2-day event featuring keynote speakers, presenters, round table workshops and panels of researchers in discussion of topics such as the history of the island, world heritage values, threats and opportunities for the Island's future.

Day 1: Thursday 7 June

Time Event
9–10am Registration 
10–10.30am Welcome 
  Welcome to Country - Aunty Lillian Burke
  Opening of Conference - Professor Tim Wess, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), USC
  Fraser Coast Welcome - Ted Sorensen MP and Cr David Lewis, Fraser Coast Regional Council
  Opening Remarks - Associate Professor Kim Walker
10.30–11.10am 25 Years of World Heritage Listing
  Professor Jamie Shulmeister (UQ) - Chair of the UNESCO Fraser Island World Heritage Scientific Committee
  Sue Sargent - Chair of the UNESCO Fraser Island World Heritage Community Committee
  Chair: Associate Professor Neil Tindale

K'gari - The Butchulla Story

  Aunty Joyce Bonner
11.40am–12.30pm The White Western frame in the Journey of Decolonisation

Professor Tim Wess (USC) ‘This much I don't know.....notes from Lake Mungo’

12.30–1.30pm Lunch 

What has been found? How can it be shared?

  Beth Crawter (USC) - K’gari-Fraser Island Research Archive


Learning from the past

  Butchulla Elders - K’gari-Fraser Island Research Archive


Mapping of research


Liz Ota (USC) - Bibliometric mapping – what are the patterns of research on K’gari-Fraser Island?


Afternoon tea


Panel discussion: World Heritage Values


Forests, beaches, dunes, lakes, flora and fauna 

Associate Professor Grahame Applegate (USC)

Dr Gabriel Conroy (USC)

Dr Andrew Olds (USC)

Dr Nick Stevens, USC

Glen Miller, Butchulla Traditional Owner representing the Wondunna Clan


Chair: Dr Steven Ogbourne (USC)

Day 2: Friday 8 June ​

Time Event
8.45–9am Registration
9–9.30am K'gari and Climate Change: Science, social issues and cynical politics
  Professor Ian Lowe Emeritus Professor of Science, Griffith University, Adjunct Professor, USC

History of Contestation: How the Island has Changed

  John Sinclair - Conservationist (Fraser Island Defenders Organisation)


Badtjala's in Paradise


Dr Fiona Foley 


Morning tea


Panel discussion: Communicating Science; Communicating Butchulla Knowledge


Governance, Tourism, Education/ Interpretation

Dr Vikki Schaffer, USC

Associate Professor Claudia Baldwin, USC

Glen Miller, Butchulla Traditional Owner representing the Wondunna Clan


Chair: Dr Clare Archer-Lean, USC


Panel discussion: Protecting World Heritage and Cultural Values


Threats, pests and knowledge gaps

Professor Thomas Schlacher (USC)

Linda Behrendorff (UQ / QWPS)

Glen Miller, Butchulla Traditional Owner representing the Wondunna Clan

  Chair: Dr Kathy Townsend (USC)
12.45 - 1.30pm Lunch
1.30 - 1.45pm

K'gari-Fraser Island reflections

  Professor David Lamb (UQ / USC) 
1.45 - 2.15pm

Round table workshops

  Where to from here?
  Chair: Dr Dominique Potvin (USC)
2.15 –2.45pm Wrap up
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