K’gari Fraser Island Research Symposium 2021 - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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K’gari Fraser Island Research Symposium 2021

Kirra Sandblow

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.

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 and Sealink’s Kingfisher Bay Resort as event sponsors.

Symposium contact: kwalker4@usc.edu.au

Registration now open

Registration fee: Includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea

  • A$90 Full registration
  • A$20 Student registration

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.

Registration Now Open

Registration fee (per person): Includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea

  • A$90 Full registration symposium
  • A$20 Student registration

Register now

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

Time
Presentation
Speaker/Panel
9:30am - 10.00am

Welcome

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

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  
4:30pm Close  

Note: Program subject to change

Visit K'gari

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.