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K’gari Fraser Island Research Symposium 2021

Kirra Sandblow

K'gari Research Symposium: 'K'gari - Towards 2050'

USC Fraser Coast Campus

The second K’gari Research Symposium will bring together K’gari’s Traditional Custodians, the Butchulla People, researchers, stakeholders and community members to develop a research strategy to guide actions to future-proof the island towards 2050.

Presented by USC, with the support of the Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation, the program will focus on knowledge-sharing and learning to promote continued research, partnerships and collaboration.

‘K’gari - Towards 2050’ will build on the outcomes of the inaugural ‘Fraser-K’gari Island Symposium: Sharing Knowledge, Sharing Understanding’ held in 2018 to mark 25 years of the island’s World Heritage status.

Key aims: 

  • Share knowledge and understanding of the island’s outstanding geological evolution, ecology, biology and Butchulla culture.
  • Identify a research strategy for K’gari for the next two decades by generating key research questions, opportunities and collaborations between key stakeholders.
  • Promote engagement in the Fraser Coast community, nationally and globally.

The University of the Sunshine Coast gratefully acknowledges The Queensland Department of Environment and Science, Sealink’s Kingfisher Bay Resort and Fraser Island Defenders Organisation as event sponsors.

Symposium contact: kwalker4@usc.edu.au

Download a PDF version of the K'gari Research Symposium program

Keynote speakers

Chrissy Grant
Chrissy Grant

Founding member and Chair of the International Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on World Heritage (IIPFWH)

Peter Corcoran
Peter Blaze Corcoran

Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies and Environmental Education at Florida Gulf Coast University

Jade Gould
Jade Gould

Chair of the Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC.

k'gari research Symposium Program

'k'gari towards 2050'

Friday, 26 November 2021, 9.30am-4.30pm

Registration 9:00am-9:30am, Reception area Building B, USC Fraser Coast Campus

9:30am - 10.00am


Welcome to Country

Opening of Symposium

Fraser Coast Welcome

Opening Remarks

10:00am - 11:00am

K'gari Towards 2050

Chrissy Grant, Chair, International Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on World Heritage

Professor Peter Corcoran, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies and Environmental Education at Florida Gulf Coast University

Jade Gould, Chair, Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation

11:00am - 11.20am Morning Tea  
11:20am - 12.50pm Panel Session: State of the Environment

Dr Rhonda Melzer, Manager Ecological Assessment Unit, Department of Environment and Science

Professor Jennifer Firn, School of Biological and Environmental Science, Queensland University of Technology

Associate Professor Grahame Applegate, Tropical Forests and People Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast

Dr Wade Hadwen, School of Environment and Science, Griffith University

Professor Jamie Shulmeister, School of Earth and Environment, University of Canterbury

Dr Vikki Schaffer, School of Business and Creative Industries, University of the Sunshine Coast

Dr Kathy Townsend, School of Science, Technology and Engineering, University of the Sunshine Coast

12:50pm - 1.45pm Lunch / Poster Session  
1:45pm - 2.30pm 

Future proofing K'gari for 2050

Participant involvement in the K'gari 2050 future-proofing scenario

2:30pm - 3.30pm

Roundtable sessions led by the panellists 

Afternoon Tea available during this session

Culture: Jade Gould

K’gari value monitoring: Rhonda Melzer

Vegetation and forests: Jennifer Firn and Grahame Applegate

Fresh water: Wade Hadwen

Tourism: Vikki Schaffer

Marine: Kathy Townsend

3.30pm - 4.30pm  Where to from here - a research strategy for K'gari  
4:30pm Close  

Note: Program subject to change