August 19, 2013
To meet the challenges in weeds management the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is encouraging weeds professionals to attend the NSW Weeds Conference to be held in Corowa from 9-12 September.
DPI Leader Invasive Species Extension, Birgitte Verbeek said the conference is the State’s premier weeds event attracting national and international participants.
“The three-day conference provides an opportunity for weeds professionals to share knowledge, learn about innovative weeds management and network with around 300 weeds managers from across the country,” Ms Verbeek said.
“Weeds specialists from government, academia, community groups and private businesses will demonstrate how their extensive knowledge, innovative skills, targeted strategies and effective partnerships are used to tackle challenges in weeds management.
“Keynote presentations will be provided by Dr Tony Grice from the CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences Townsville and Dr John Keniry AM, Commissioner of the NSW Natural Resources Commission.
“Over the three days industry experts will provide valuable information covering weeds management, policy, research, new technologies and new control measures.”
Speakers from DPI include: Charlie Mifsud, State Aquatic Weed Coordinator; Dr Stephen Johnson, Weed Ecologist; Tony Cook, Technical Weeds Specialist; Syd Lisle, Leader Invasive Species State Programs; Michael Michelmore, Invasive Species Officer, Biosecurity NSW; Paul Sullivan, Invasive Species Officer, Biocontrol; Phil Blackmore, Invasive Species Officer and Harry Rose, Weeds Education Officer.
Ms Verbeek said participants will see first hand the weeds management challenges along the Murray River Region with field trips to Lake Mulwala, the National Environment Centre, Wonga Wetlands, Chiltern, Beechworth and Rutherglen.
“During the conference the annual Buerckner and Stephenson Awards will be presented to acknowledge outstanding contributions to weeds management in NSW,” Ms Verbeek said.
“For the first time, to support the new state weeds awareness campaign, a children’s book ‘No space for weeds’ will be released with a special reading to Corowa Preschool.
“In addition, numerous trade displays will be exhibited including the new ‘Look out for weeds’ publications, merchandise and promotional material,” Ms Verbeek said.