Program

The below program is an outline only and is subject to change. Please refer back to this page for all updates. Last updated 25 October 2016.

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5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Proudly Sponsored by NQ Dry Tropics

The Welcome Reception will be held at the Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club (Supporters Club Venue). Transfers will be provided between Rydges Southbank Townsville and the Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club. The bus will depart Rydges at 4.30pm and 4.50pm with a return departure from Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club to Rydges at 7.00pm and 7.20pm.

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7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Registration Open

The Registration Desk will be located in the Rydges Southbank Townsville Convention Centre and will be manned by Iceberg Events.

8:00 AM to 9:55 AM

Plenary Session 1: Options, obstacles, outcomes: the bigger picture

8:00am - 8:10am    
Welcome Address, Welcome to Country & Housekeeping
Iain Jamieson, Chair, QPAS 2016 Organising Committee

8:10am - 8:30am    
Opening Address 
Gregory Andrews, Threatened Species Commissioner

8:30am - 8:35am    
Q&A with Gregory Andrews

8:35am - 9:05am    
Keynote Address: Collaborating for Impact: from Invasive Animals CRC to Centre for Invasive Species Solutions
Andreas Glanznig, CEO, Invasive Animals Ltd and Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre

9:05am - 9:15am    
Q&A with Keynote Speaker, Andreas Glanznig

9:15am - 9:30am    
Rabbits, Red Tape and Resourcing: registering and releasing the biocontrol agent RHDV K5
Tarnya Cox, Department of Biosecurity, NSW DPI

9.30am - 9.45am
Preventing the naturalisation of non-native reptiles and amphibians in Queensland
Steve Csurhes, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Biosecurity Queensland

9:45am - 9:55am    
Q&A with Speakers

Read more: Andreas Glanznig Steve Csurhes Tarnya Cox
9:55 AM to 10:30 AM

Morning Tea and Exhibition / Poster Viewing

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Plenary Session 2: Know your foe: understanding obstacles to unpack the opportunities

10.30am - 10.45am
Dingo control-induced trophic cascades: for managers
Benjamin Allen, Institute for Agriculture and the Environment, University of Southern Queensland

10.45am - 11.00am
Delayed Perverse Outcomes of Intense Invasive Species Control
Vanessa Haller, Centre for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University

11.00am - 11.15am
Preliminary investigation into Chital Deer (Axis axis) Home Range and Habitat Preferences near Charters Towers, Queensland
Matthew Amos, Biosecurity Queensland

11.15am - 11.30am
Habitat use by rabbits in north Queensland
Michael Brennan, Biosecurity Queensland

11.30am - 11.40am
Q&A with speakers

11.40am - 11.43am
Can drones make traditional control methods more efficient?
Craig Magnussen, Southern Downs Regional Council

11.43am - 11.46am
A Community Led Approach to Eradication of Yellow Crazy Ants
Gareth Humphreys, Wet Tropics Management Authority

11.46am - 11.49am
Darting feral pigs from a helicopter for marine turtle conservation – A Nest to Ocean Project Initiative
Colin Dollery, DNPSR, National Parks, Sport and Racing, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service

11.49am - 11.52am
Opportunities to improve pest species mapping through the use of ultra-high-definition aerial survey techniques
Ray Willis & Michael LeaneNSW Local Land Services, Riverina Local land Services 

11.52am - 11.55am
Burning proposal to control rabbits in the Lockyer Valley
Nathan Ring, Darling Downs - Moreton Rabbit Board

11.55am - 11.58am
How to make a trap for toads
Lin Schwarzkopf, College of Science and Engineering, James Cook University

Read more: Benjamin Allen Colin Dollery Craig Magnussen Gareth Humphreys Lin Schwarzkopf Matthew Amos Michael Brennan Michael Leane Ray Willis Vanessa Haller
12:00 PM to 12:45 PM

Lunch and Exhibition / Poster Viewing

12:45 PM to 2:15 PM

Plenary Session 3: Options for novel pests

12:45pm - 1:00pm    
Developing Effective Cane Toad Trapping Regimes 
Ben Muller, College of Science and Engineering, James Cook University

1.00pm - 1.15pm
Biological control of tilapia: a potential virus
Agus Sunarto, Australian Animal Health Laboratory, CSIRO

1.15pm - 1.30pm
Using eDNA in the management of tilapia and climbing perch
Damien Burrows, TropWATER, James Cook University

1.30pm - 1.45pm
Challenges and successes in addressing the yellow crazy ant invasion in the Wet Tropics
Lori Lach, College of Science and Engineering, James Cook University

1.45pm - 2.00pm
Scale insect and invasive ant management in the Capricornia Cays and associated Pisonia grandis forest restoration 
John Olds, National Parks, Sport and Racing, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service

2:00pm - 2:15pm    
Q&A with Speakers

Read more: Agus Sunarto Ben Muller Damien Burrows John Olds Lori Lach
2:15 PM to 2:45 PM

Afternoon Tea and Exhibition / Poster Viewing

2:45 PM to 5:00 PM

Plenary Session 4: Marine & Aquatic Pest Outcomes

2:45pm - 3:15pm    
Keynote Address: From the coastline to the Coral Sea – managing pests and invasive species in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area
Mark Read, Wildlife Biologist, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

3:15pm - 3:30pm    
Q&A with Mark Read

3:30pm - 3:45pm    
New regulations for marine pest management in Queensland
Anita Ramage, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Biosecurity Queensland

3.45pm - 4.00pm
Water point traps to capture Feral Pigs & Feral Goats at a landscape scale to protect Endangered Species
John Scriven, Queensland Murray Darling Committee

4.00pm - 4.15pm
When you choose a feral animal you unchoose a native animal
Tony Cathcart, Community Response Feral Animal Education and Control, Sunshine Coast Council

4.15pm - 4.30pm
Island Biosecurity
John Olds, National Parks, Sport and Racing, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service

4:30pm - 4:45pm    
Q&A with Speakers

4:45pm - 5:00pm    
Day One Concludes & Housekeeping

Read more: Anita Ramage John Olds John Scriven Mark Read Tony Cathcart
5:00 PM to 11:55 PM

Free night in Townsville

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

WSQ Members Only Function

A complimentary function will be held on Tuesday, 8 November 2016 for members of the Weed Society of Queensland at Loft by JAM (1 Palmer Street, Townsville QLD) . Please register your interest to attend this function through the registration process. 

This scheduled time is indicative only and is subject to change.

7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Field Trips

Proudly Sponsored by Yarramine Environmental

Field Trip 1 - The Wet Tropics Field Trip - Integrated Feral Pig Control in the Wet Tropics
7:00am    Bus departs Rydges Southbank Townsville         
4:00pm    Bus returns to Rydges Southbank Townsville

Field Trip 2 - The Tropical Savannah Field Trip - Urban Wild Dogs and Chital Deer in the Tropical Savannah 
7:00am    Bus departs Rydges Southbank Townsville         
5:00pm    Bus returns to Rydges Southbank Townsville

Field Trip 3 - The Six Pack Sampler Field Trip - Novel Pests and New Approaches
8:00am    Bus departs Rydges Southbank Townsville         
4:00pm    Bus returns to Rydges Southbank Townsville

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6:30 PM to 11:00 PM

Symposium Dinner

The Symspoium Dinner will be held at the Townsville Brewery Banquet Centre.

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8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Registration Open

The Registration Desk will be located in the Rydges Southbank Townsville Convention Centre and will be manned by Iceberg Events.

8:30 AM to 10:35 AM

Plenary Session 5: Opportunities in Communication, Innovation and Technology

8:30am - 8:40am    
Welcome & Housekeeping
Iain Jamieson, Chair, QPAS 2016 Organising Committee

8:40am - 9:10am  
Keynote Address: Change or Fail? Why Human Behaviour Matters for Invasive Animals Management.
Don Hine, Professor of Psychology, University of New England

9:10am - 9:20am    
Q&A with Don Hine

9.20am - 9:40am   
Behavioural science and wild dog management in rural and peri-urban landscapes
Petra Skoien, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Biosecurity Queensland & Patty Please, Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre, University of New England 

9.40am - 9.55am
Building and maintaining awareness of the pest animal, electric ant, in a long-term eradication program
Gary Morton, National Electric Ant Eradication Program, Biosecurity Queensland

9.55am - 10.10am
Production V Profitability: beef production and pest management in northern Australia
Lee Allen, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Biosecurity Queensland

10.10am - 10.25am
Collaborative Area Management: The Method Behind the Establishment of the Cluster Fencing Project 
Catherine Crowden, South West NRM 

10:25am - 10:35am
Q&A with Speakers

Read more: Catherine Crowden Gary Morton Lee Allen Patty Please Petra Skoien Professor Don Hine
10:35 AM to 11:05 AM

Morning Tea and Exhibition / Poster Viewing

11:05 AM to 12:30 PM

Plenary Session 6: Options, Obstacles and Outcomes for Peri Urban Pests

11:05am - 11:20am    
Peri-urban Wild Dog GPS Collar Project: Case Study
Melissa Green, Integrated Sustainability, Townsville City Council

11.20am - 11.35am
Dingoes, domestic dogs, or hybrids? Genetics of peri-urban wild dogs in NE Australia
Matthew Gentle, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Robert Wicks Pest Animal Research Centre

11.35am - 11.50pm
Peri-urban wild dogs: diet and movements in NE Australia
Benjamin Allen, Institute for Agriculture and the Environment, University of Southern Queensland

11.50am - 12.05pm
Echinococcus Granulosus and other Zoonotic Pathogens of Peri-Urban Wild Dogs in South-East Queensland
Lana Harriott, School of Veterinary Science, University of Queensland

12.05pm - 12.20pm
Native Pest Control: Managing Urban Kangaroo Populations
Calista Cameron, Vertebrate Pest and Aviation, Naturecall Environmental

12:20pm - 12:30pm    
Q&A with Speakers

Read more: Benjamin Allen Calista Cameron Lana Harriott Matthew Gentle Melissa Green
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Lunch and Exhibition / Poster Viewing

1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Plenary Session 7: Vertebrate pesticides: options and approaches

1:30pm - 1:45pm    
Uptake of feral cat baits in eastern Australia
Bronwyn Fancourt, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Robert Wicks Pest Animal Research Centre, Biosecurity Queensland

1.45pm - 2.00pm
Feral pig baiting with fruit in the wet tropics 
Peter Cremasco, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland Government 

2.00pm - 2.15pm
The persistence of PAPP in wild dog baits and implications for peri-urban wild dog management 
Matthew Gentle, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Robert Wicks Pest Animal Research Centre

2.15pm - 2.30pm
Rethinking Feral Pig Management Methods in Cape York
Brian Ross, Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation P/L 

2:30pm - 2:45pm  
Q&A with Speakers

2:45pm - 3:00pm    
Awards & Closing Remarks

Read more: Brian Ross Bronwyn Fancourt Matthew Gentle Peter Cremasco