Australian Biosphere Conference Program2018-12-10T10:55:08+00:00


1:30pm Registration Desk Open Foyer
2:00pm “Connected to Country” – Art & Artefacts Gallery open

Experience the story of the Great Sandy Biosphere, told through the eyes and hands of our First Peoples

2:15pm “We are all Connected” Marquee open

Connect with more than 35 organisations from throughout Australia through interactive displays and presentations focusing on six Biosphere themes: Innovation; Sustainability; Education; Indigenous; Economic Development and Biodiversity

Exhibition Marquee
4:45pm – 5:00pm “Galango”

The Butchulla peoples, Traditional Owners of Maryborough and K’gari (Fraser Island) welcome you to their “country” through an ancient ceremonial smoking ceremony and sand art demonstration

River Terrace Stage
5:00pm – 5:20pm “Together, we welcome you”

Mayors Mick Curran (Gympie Regional Council), Jack Dempsey (Bundaberg Regional Council) and George Seymour (Fraser Coast Regional Council) and Tony Ricciardi, Chair of Burnett Mary Regional Group welcome delegates and provide regional snapshots of the Great Sandy Biosphere.

River Terrace Stage
5:20pm – 7:00pm Cocktail Evening

Take time to relax with fellow delegates and exhibitors in a low-key, social occasion featuring bush tucker canapes and local musicians.

Foyer / River Terrace Stage


1:30pm Registration Desk Open Foyer
8:00am Registrations open

Grab a cup of tea and coffee and browse the Art & Artefacts Gallery or Exhibition Marquee

Foyer/Exhibition Marquee
8:45am – 9:15am Official Conference Opening

Opening addresses by UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Program representative, Prof. Peter Bridgewater, On-Country Butchulla Elder and Government VIP

Main Auditorium
9:15am – 9:45am Keynote Presentation

Professor Peter Bridgewater, UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Program

Main Auditorium
9:45am – 10:30am Australian Biosphere Reserves – Showcase Presentations

Dick Barnes, Foundation Chair, Noosa Biosphere Reserve

Leonie McMahon, Fitzgerald Biosphere Group, West Australia

Main Auditorium
10:30am – 10:50am “Local Government and Biosphere Reserves”

Jeanette Harold, Environmental Services Manager, Fraser Coast Regional Council

Main Auditorium
10:50am – 11:20am

Morning Tea

11:20am – 11.40am “Environmental Markets – A Real Solution with Real Outcomes”

James Schultz, Chief Executive and Co-Founder, GreenCollar

Main Auditorium
11:40m – 12:00pm

Presentation – “The Role of Community in Economic Development”

Ben Artup”, Director, Economic Development, Bundaberg Regional Council

Main Auditorium
12:00pm – 12:20pm “The Nexus Between Power, Water and Sustainable Agriculture”

Dale Holliss, General Manager, CANEGROWERS Bundaberg and Secretary, Bundaberg Regional Irrigators’ Group

Main Auditorium
12:20pm – 12:40pm Wetlands – Our Lifeblood”

Mike Ronan, Wetlands Manager, Queensland Department of Environment and Science

Main Auditorium
12:40pm – 1:30pm


1:30pm – 2:15pm

“Lightning Session”

Spend 3 minutes face-to-face with your choice of Conference presenter

2:15pm – 2:45pm

Keynote Presentation

Costa Georgiadis, TV Personality and “Gardening Guru”

Main Auditorium
2:45pm – 3:15pm

Afternoon Tea

3:15pm – 4:15pm Interactive Panel Discussion

Hosted by Costa Georgiadis and featuring Prof. Peter Bridgewater, James Schulz, David DePaoli (AustChilli) and Andrew Gerry (Australian Macadamias) this interactive session will provide delegates with an opportunity to connect biosphere themes through open questions and discussion.

Main Auditorium
4:15pm – 4:35pm Wrap Up

Housekeeping announcements for Conference Tours, Announcement of Lucky Door and Exhibitor Prizes and Closing remarks /Vote of Thanks

Main Auditorium
4:35pm – 5:00pm

Official Conference Close

Enjoy a spectacular combined dance and musical presentation featuring performers from Butchulla, Gidarjil and Kabi Kabi

Main Auditorium
5:00pm – 6:30pm

Drinks and Nibbles

Unwind with a choice of beverages and eats supplied by conference sponsors and supporters





Choice of Seven Great Sandy Biosphere Tours – Refer to tour page –

  1. Gympie Tour
  2. Maryborough Tour 1
  3. Maryborough Tour 2
  4. Hervey Bay Tour 1
  5. Hervey Bay Tour 2
  6. Bundaberg Tour
  7. Fraser Island Tour