K'gari Research Symposium: 'K'gari - Towards 2050'
FRIDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2021, 9.30AM - 4.30PM
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 2008 to mark 25 years of the island’s World Heritage status.
- 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 and Sealink’s Kingfisher Bay Resort as event sponsors.
Symposium contact: email@example.com
Founding member and Chair of the International Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on World Heritage (IIPFWH)
Peter Blaze Corcoran
Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies and Environmental Education at Florida Gulf Coast University
Chair of the Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC.
Registration Now Open
Registration fee (per person): Includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
- A$90 Full registration symposium
- A$20 Student registration
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
|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||
Veronica Bird, General Manager, Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation
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 Appelgate, Tropical Forests and People Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast
Dr Wade Hadwen, School of Environment and Science, Griffith University
Professor Joachim Ribbe, School of Sciences, University of Southern Queensland
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 scenario setting exercise
|2:30pm - 3.30pm||
Roundtable sessions led by the panellists
Afternoon Tea available during this session
Culture: Veronica Bird
K’gari values monitoring: Rhonda Melzer
Vegetation and forests: Jennifer Firn and Grahame Appelgate
Fresh water: Wade Hadwen
Climate change: Joachim Ribbe
Tourism: Vikki Schaffer
Marine: Kathy Townsend
|3.30pm - 4.30pm||A research strategy for K'gari|
Note: Program subject to change
K’gari Research and Learning Centre: Dilli Village
Symposium delegates are offered a 20% discount on the accommodation bookings at USC’s Research and Learning Centre at Dilli Village on the eastern side of the Island.
For bookings, call 07 4127 9130 and mention the K’gari Symposium to secure the discount.
Post symposium K’gari package:
Symposium delegates can enjoy a two-night post-symposium exclusive package at Kingfisher Bay Resort, visit the new "K'gari World Heritage Discovery Centre" and explore the island.
Inclusions: Two night’s accommodation in a standard Resort Room (choice of room upgrade available), return passenger ferry, breakfast daily for two people, sunset drink and platter for two people at the Sunset Bar. Cost $279 per adult
To book visit Kingfisher Bay Resort Fraser Island. Enter code KGS21 and select ‘group attendee.’ Package valid for 27-28 November only.