2 days full registration $250.00 --Ticket sales closed--
2 days concession registration $150.00 --Ticket sales closed--
1 day 10th Nov. full registration $160.00 --Ticket sales closed--
1 day 10th Nov. concession registration $100.00 --Ticket sales closed--
1 day 11th Nov. full registration $160.00 --Ticket sales closed--
1 day 11th Nov. concession registration $100.00 --Ticket sales closed--
Conference dinner $55.00 --Ticket sales closed--
Post-conference tour deposit $60.00 --Ticket sales closed--
1 night accommodation (10 November) & breakfast CSU student room, shared bathroom $60.00 --Ticket sales closed--
2 nights accommodation (9 & 10 November) & breakfast CSU student room, shared bathroom $120.00 --Ticket sales closed--
3 nights accommodation (nights of 9, 10 & 11 November) & breakfast CSU student room, shared bathroom $180.00 --Ticket sales closed--
2 nights accommodation (10 & 11 November) & breakfast CSU student room, shared bathroom $120.00 --Ticket sales closed--
** Includes Sticky Tickets booking fee.


THE CONFERENCE  The two-day conference is being organised by Greening Bathurst (a community group withthe charter of conserving and managing the environmental and cultural assets of the Bathurst region). 

The conference forms part of Bathurst’s bicentennial year celebrations in 2015.  The Bathurst Region in the period 1815 to around 1850  was more-or-less equivalent to the vast  Country of the Wiradjuri Nation.  It included the Lachlan and Macquarie River catchments stretching to the Murrumbidgee River, around a quarter of the current area of New South Wales.  

The two days have different themes, although there is some interchange.  

Eastern Yellow RobinDay 1 Biodiversity and Sustainability, focusing on the biodiversity values of  the region and how they have changed over 200 years. 

Day 2 Agriculture and Biodiversity, focusing on the relationship between biodiversity and agriculture. The Bathurst Region hosts Australia’s  oldest inland agricultural lands.

On both days we will be seeking to imagine how  the region’s future landscapes might look and function in 2115 and the processes by which such Dreaming might be implemented.  We will be drawing on both Wiradjuri  and non-Wiradjuri Wisdom in imagining and managing our present and future conservation and agricultural landscapes.

Registrations should be finalised by 3rd November for catering purposes. Late registrations should contact the convenor to ensure availability prior to registering online.  

MEALS  Lunches, morning and afternoon teas are included.  The conference dinner is extra ($55) and it is planned to be an informal gathering, hopefully outdoors, with some entertainment, local wines and some Wiradjuri speakers, including one on astronomy!  There will be pre-dinner drinks (two included) at 6.30, followed by dinner at 7 pm and the talk at 8 pm.   The venue is at 'Rafters' a few minutes' walk from the conference venue.   If you have special needs or dietary requirements, please state this on the registration form and/or contact the conference convenor.  

Anyone arriving on Monday evening, 9th November should be aware that the registration and accommodation keys will be available between 5 and 7 pm at the venue, after which you would be welcome to join us for an evening meal in town.  Please contact the convenor about this, particularly if are likely to be late.

THE PROGRAMME  We have  developed an exciting programme of invited speakers including, landholders, Wiradjuri, historians, scientists, and land managers.  Keynote speakers include Bill Gammage, author of The Biggest Estate on Earth- How Aborigines Made Australia (2011), Dr. George Main of the Australian National Museum, as well as Drs. Anne Kerle, John Williams, Mike Augee and David Tongway.  

Aboriginal people, including Wiradjuri, will be represented by both key note and plenary speakers, for example Bruce Pascoe, author of Dark Emu,  will be speaking on 'Aboriginal Dreaming, land management, ecology and cultural landscapes'. 

Other topics to be covered include threatened species, kangaroo management, ecological and landscape restoration, land stewardship, biodiversity legislation, karst ecology, sustainable living, soil landscapes, climate change, nutrient recycling, river systems, weed management, fauna of the central west and sustainable agriculture.    It is anticipated some 30 posters will also be available. 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SPEAKERS and POSTERS   Those people giving a talk or preparing a poster should contact the convenor, Dr. Cilla Kinross, for instructions in respect of style and length. A photo and a short biography are also required.   They cannot be submitted on the website, so need to be emailed to Cilla Kinross. The deadline for submission is Sunday 25th October. The abstract booklet will be going to print the following day.   It is intended also to have a peer-reviewed conference proceedings published.    For those who choose to submit a full paper, these will be due in February 2016.

ACCOMMODATION  On campus CSU student accommodation (single rooms in modern cottages, shared bathrooms) can be booked with your tickets for one, two or three nights for $60 night, including breakfast.  On line bookings for accommodation will close on 3rd November 2015.  Bathurst also provides many other styles of accommodation if your prefer to stay off campus or in a hotel/motel.  Keynote speakers who are receiving motel style accommodation as part of their package should contact the convenor.

The Rydges Mount Panorama is close by (from $150) a night, as is the Bathurst Heights Bed and Breakfast (from $130) and the Quality Hotel (from $124) and the Bathurst Explorers' Motel (from $80).  For more information, we suggest you visit the Visit Bathurst website: Accommodation in Bathurst

SPONSORS The conference is being sponsored by Greening Bathurst, Cenwest Environment Services, CSU Green, Ecological Society of Australasia, the Nature Conservation Trust of NSW and the Lake Cowal Foundation amongst others.  Many of these, such as NCT, are funding Aboriginal scholarships (see below).

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ABORIGINAL DELEGATES   A small number of scholarships, valued up to $500, are available to indigenous  speakers and other conference participants, particularly those from the local area and/or Year 11/12 students.  Please contact the convenor for availability and to receive a discount code for registration and to confirm which, if any, nights are needed for accommodation (up to three).

POST CONFERENCE TOUR   There will be a post-conference tour for a small group of up to 22 people.   This will focus on the natural history of William Cox's historic 1814/15 Road from Emu Ford on the Nepean River to the Flag Staff at Bathurst on the banks of the Macquarie Rover.   

Cox’s Road was Australia’s First Inland European road. The Flag Staff was the location where Governor Lachlan Macquarie proclaimed the settlement of Bathurst on the 7th May 1815. The modern Flag Staff memorial is situated on the river terrace immediately adjacent to the Macquarie River. A sample of the 116 sites described in the book Cox’s Road Dreaming will be visited during the tour and cover European and Aboriginal history and clashes, ecology, natural history, geology, flora and fauna, geomorphology, the explorers and naturalists who came over Cox’s Road or the subsequent roads that were built, the resulting outcomes for Europeans and Aboriginal people and much more.

The tour fee of $300 includes accommodation and all meals except Friday lunch, as well as a copy of the 100 page Cox’s Road Dreaming book and the accompanying 8 wonderful maps. A deposit of $60 will be required to secure your place on this.

 The tour will be led by David Goldney.

PRE-READING  It is highly recommened that you read the following prior to the conference if you are able:

Gammage , W. (2011) The Biggest Estate on Earth- How Aborigines Made Australia.  Allen and Unwin.

Kerle, A., Goldney, D. and Fleming, M. (2014) Habitat loss and landscape degradation: the disastrous outlook for vertebrates fauna in central western NSW. Australian Zoologist Vol 37 (1) pp 10 – 74 .  This will be available shortly via the Greening Bathurst website or contact the convenor.

Main, G. (2005) Heartland – The Regeneration of Rural Place.  UNSW Press.

Pascoe, B. (2014)  Dark Emu: Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident? Magabala Books.

OUR INSPIRATION    This conference is part of Bathurst's bicentennial year celebrations in 2015The 1814/1815 Bathurst Road  (now recognised as Cox’s Road) was constructed in 6 months from the Nepean River to Bathurst, passing through Darug, Gundugurra  and Wiradjuri Country and their various meeting places.  Few Australians know that two Darug men were part of  William Cox’s Road building team or understand that  the road to ‘West-more-land’ passed through Aboriginal Dreaming trails, storylines,  and trading routes —  perhaps 20,000 to 40,000 years old. 

The first European explorers  likened the Bathurst Plains to their beloved English park lands, but failed to understand that  Wiradjuri lands were contrived, imagined and skilfully managed — cultural landscapes that  supported the Wiradjuri lifestyle.  David Mowaljarlai’s1993 map of trade routes and storylines linking Aboriginal nations across Australia has been redrawn by Tony O’Neill with permission from Magabala Books.  As contemporary Australians we too are creating/have created cultural  landscapes for better of for worse — our Dreaming at this conference will help inform land managers about creating landscapes that are sustainable for both conservation and agriculture.  Farmers and graziers play a pivotal role since they own and manage  most of the land.  We also have much to learn  from Wiradjuri Wisdom that created those beguiling 1815 landscapes.



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