World Wetlands Day 2001: Australia

23/01/2001

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World Wetlands Day
2 February 2001
&
World Wetlands Week
2-9 February 2001

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Time Table of Events and Activities

Time Table

State

Event/Activities

Organiser/Contact

Location/Dates

NSW

 

 

30th anniversary of Ramsar
National Launches and Announcements
  • New Australian Ramsar Sites
  • the 3rd Edition of A Directory of Important Wetlands in Australia
  • National Wetland CEPA (Communication, Education, and Public Awareness) Action Plan
  • Asia Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Strategy 2001-2005 and Shorebird Action Plan

Guests: The Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP Federal Member for Murray and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Environment and Heritage

Environment Australia,
Belinda Thorpe
Ph: 02 6274 2795
belinda.thorpe@ea.gov.au
Friday 2 February 2001
11-12 pm
The Wetlands Centre
Newcastle
The Wetlands Centre

30 Years of Ramsar

National Launches and announcements (see above):

Environment Australia,
Belinda Thorpe
Ph: 02 6274 2795
belinda.thorpe@ea.gov.au
Friday 2 February 2001
11-12pm
  • Ramsar Display
  • WLI Link-up
Angela Brady,
The Wetlands Centre
Ph: 02 4851 6466
twc@wetlands.org.au
Thursday 1 February 2001
  • Inaugural Hunter Ramsar Committee Meeting
  • Ducks 'n the Drink
Angela Brady Friday 2 February 2001
3-5 pm
6 pm
  • Music at the Wetlands - Sue Carstens
  • Great Australian Duck Count
Angela Brady Sunday 4 February 2001
  • SWAG Meeting Committee
  • ASS Display Launch
  • Wetlands Website Launch
  • Hunter Wetlands Update
Kerryn Richardson, DLWC
Ph: 02 9895 7624

Angela Brady

Wednesday 7 February
8.30am
2pm
6pm
  • Hunter Estuary Wader Tour
Angela Brady Thursday 8 February 2001
8.30-11.30am
Community Waterbird Count Working with ACTV and Birds Australia:
Survey (Birdcount) in the Tweed Estuary and Richmond Estuary (2 separate groups) Groups meet in the Brunswick Catchment, conduct another survey, followed by a BBQ lunch
Media Release
Joanne Green, Wetland Care Australia
Ph: 02 6681 6069
Fax: 02 6686 8907 wca@linknet.com.au
Friday 2 February 2001
7am
Richmond volunteers meet at the office of WCA
Tweed volunteers TBA
Volunteers need to register by 27
Jan on (02) 6681 6169 or wca@linknet.com.au or with ACTV on (02) 6628 1745 or kelvind@actv.com.au

ACT

National Seminar Series

Celebrating 30 Years of Ramsar 1971-2001

Australia's Wetlands - A World to Discover

Presentations: (See Below for details)

Environment Australia
Belinda Thorpe
Ph: 02 6274 2795
belinda.thorpe@ea.gov.au
2-9 February 2001
12-2 pm
Reef Room
Ground Floor
John Gorton Building
King Edward Terrace
Parkes Canberra
30 years of Ramsar - National Announcements and Achievements Conall O'Connell
First Assistant Secretary,
Marine and Water Division
Environment Australia
Friday 2 February 2001
12.15 - 2.00 pm
Reef Room
Ground Floor
John Gorton Building
King Edward Terrace
Parkes Canberra
Environmental water for Millewa Forest in 2000 - Biodiversity benefits Mike Thompson
Regional Manager Riverina Region
State Forests of NSW
Regional Cooperation to Conserve Migratory Waterbirds -

Asia Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Strategy 2001-2005 Shorebird Action Plan 2001-2005

Alison Russell-French
Chair Wetlands International
Asia Pacific Council

Doug Watkins
Shorebird Flyway Officer
Wetlands International Oceania

Opportunities to use the Ramsar Convention for the conservation of Australia's Wetlands Jamie Pittock
Program Leader
Nature Conservation and Murray Darling
Basin World Wide Fund for Nature
Monday 5 February 12.15 - 1.00pm
Reef Room
Ground Floor
John Gorton Building
King Edward Terrace
Parkes Canberra
Lake Eyre - Basin Rivers, Wetlands and Waterbirds - Contrasts and Fluxes in Ever-Changing Ecosystems Julian Reid
Visiting Scientist CSIRO
Sustainable Ecosystems
Tuesday 6 February 12.15 - 1.00pm
Reef Room
Ground Floor
John Gorton Building
King Edward Terrace
Parkes Canberra
Taking a more Strategic approach to the designation of Wetlands of International Importance in Australia Dr Bill Phillips
Director Mainstream Consulting
(Ex Deputy Director General
Ramsar Bureau)
Wednesday 7 February 12.15 - 1.00pm
Reef Room
Ground Floor
John Gorton Building
King Edward Terrace
Parkes Canberra
Promoting the Ramsar Convention in the Pacific Aaron Jenkins
Senior Program Officer Wetlands
International Oceania

Phil Domaschenz
Marine Protected Areas,
Environment Australia

Thursday 8 February 12.15 - 1.15pm
Reef Room
Ground Floor
John Gorton Building
King Edward Terrace
Parkes Canberra
Implementation of the Outreach Programme of the Ramsar Convention -

Australia's Wetland Communication Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) Action Plan

Kate Gowland
National Waterwatch Facilitator
and Government Focal Point for
Wetland CEPA
Friday 9 February 12.15 - 1.00pm
Reef Room
Ground Floor
John Gorton Building
King Edward Terrace
Parkes Canberra

VIC

Launch by the Hon Sherryl Garbutt MP of Victorian Strategic Direction Statement for Ramsar listed wetlands and Ramsar site management strategies for Western District Lakes and Corner Inlet Ramsar sites Parks Victoria and
Department of Natural Resources and
Environment (NRE)

Ben Churchill (Parks Victoria)
Ph: 03 8627 4834
bchurchill@parks.vic.gov.au

Janet Holmes (NRE)
Ph: 03 9637 8450

Mornington Peninsula
Friday 2 Feb 2001
Inaugural East Asian-Australasian Shorebird Site Network - Australian/New Zealand Site Managers Workshop Environment Australia
Trixi Madon
Ph: 02 6274 2393
trixi.madon@ea.gov.au
5-8 February
Port Phillip Bay
Shorebird Network Site Dedication and Certificate Presentation Ceremony Environment Australia/Wetlands International - Oceania
Trixi Madon
Ph: 02 6274 2393
trixi.madon@ea.gov.au
Wednesday 7 February 2001
Phillip Island

WA

Bird Walk around Yangebup Lake

Posters of the City of Cockburn system are being displayed in the Gateway (Success) and Phoenix (Spearwood) Shopping Centres

Kirsty Stratford
Environmental Services, City of Cockburn
Ph: 08 9411 3444
Fax: 08 9411 3416 Kstratford@cockburn.wa.gov.au
Sunday 4 February 2001
Note: Walk is fully booked

NT

Top End Seminar series Abbie Spiers, ERIN/ERISS
Ph: 08 8982 9110
Fax: 08 8982 9103 abbies@eriss.erin.gov.au
Display at the Territory Wildlife Park Andrew Morrison
Territory Wildlife Park
Ph: 08 8988 7200
Fax: 08 8988 7201
2-9 February 2001
Berry Springs, NT

SA

Wetland Celebration at Banrock Station Anne Jensen
Wetland Care Australia
Ph: 08 8582 3677
wca@riverland.net.au
Friday 2 Feb 2001
Banrock Station
Series of wetland seminars Brenton Grear / Lisien Loan Manager, Conservation Programs, SE
Ph: 08 8735 1118
Fax: 08 8735 1135 Grear.Brenton@saugov.sa.gov.au
2, 5-9 February 2001
Varying times between 12 and 2pm
Adelaide, Dept of Environment and Heritage,
Grenfell St

QLD

Boondall Wetlands Visitor Centre

Beautiful and Bazaar
Celebrate World Wetlands Day on a walk looking at the diversity of interesting and unusual critters, plants and occurrences of our majestic wetlands

Boondall Wetlands Visitor Centre
Ph: 07 3865 5187
fax: 07 3865 3723
lbwvc@brisbane.qld.gov.au
Friday 2 February 2001
3.30 pm
free, duration 1 and a half hours
Charleville Static Displays Chris Evenson
Charleville District Office
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
Ph: 07 4654 1255
fax: 07 4654 1418
Chris.Evenson@env.qld.gov.au
January 29 till February 9 2001
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Office

1 Parks St
Charleville Western Queensland
and

South West Natural Resource Management Group Office
Wills St
Charleville

Wetlands Festival Program

Time table below

  3rd February 2001
Toowoomba Waterbird Habitat,
Mackenzie St and Alderley St, Toowoomba
Displays:
  • Frogs. (Barry Kenway)
  • Gowrie Ck (Graham C)
  • WWF wetlands (Sarah)
  • Cath Thrupp (QMDB Wetlands)
  • Jo Voller (Fish habitat project)

Activities:

  • Waterwatch (Barry Kenway)
  • Canoe rides (Toowoomba Bush Walkers)
  • Fish stunning demonstration (David Moffatt - to be confirmed)
  • Waterslide (Graham Clements)
  • BBQ - TREC (David Allworth, Mary-Ann Law, Libby Connors)
Time Table for the Wetlands Festival

Welcome. Acknowledge Traditional Owners. Outline program and activities.

MC - Sarah 11.30 am
TFNC. History of the Toowoomba Waterbird Habitat Neil McKilligan 11.45 am
Gowrie Ck Project Officer - East Ck wetlands Graham Clements 12.00
USQ. History of Toowoomba's Swamps and their importance to Traditional Owners Libby Connors 12.15 pm
Watery poems and songs Megan Redfern 12.30 pm
DNR - wetlands of the QMDB, conditions, threats. Cath Thrupp 1.15 pm
DNR - Fish Habitat - importance of wetlands to fish communities. Jo Voller 1.30 pm
Chair CCMA - wetlands in the catchment Bobbie Brazil 1.45 pm
Watery poems and songs Megan Redfern 2.00 pm
WWFs Wetland program Maria VanderGragt 2.15 - 2.30 pm
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