Program

The program offered a variety of sessions that appealed to a wide cross-section of participants from all areas of the industry. The program had a great mix of speakers and offered excellent networking opportunities on all three days of the conference.

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7:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Registration desk open

The registration desk will be open for delegates to collect their name badge, conference satchel and for general enquiries throughout the conference. 

Presidential Foyer

9:00 AM to 9:30 AM

OPENING SESSION

Welcome address and housekeeping
Dr Peter Murray, Associate Professor, Wildlife Science Unit, The University of Queensland

Welcome to Country

9:30 AM to 10:20 AM

SESSION 1: HUMAN DIMENSIONS OF SUSTAINABLE USE

9.30am - 10.00am
Opening keynote address - A sorry tale of sheep, kangaroos and goats

Emeritus Professor Gordon Grigg, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

10.00am - 10.20am
Lessons from the 1994 Conference 

Dr Dan Lunney, Honorary Scientific Fellow, Office of Environment and Heritage NSW

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10:20 AM to 11:00 AM

Morning tea

11:00 AM to 12:50 PM

HUMAN DIMENSIONS OF SUSTAINABLE USE CONTINUED...

11.00am - 11.30am
Keynote address - How can the welfare of wildlife be protected under a sustainable use model?

Dr Bidda Jones, Chief Science and Strategy Officer, RSPCA Australia

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11.30am - 11.50am
Animal welfare and the Canadian harp seal: lessons for wildlife harvesting

Dr Jordan Hampton, Director, Ecotone Wildlife Veterinary Services

11.50am - 12.10pm
Social licence: the counter-intuitive concept
Katherine Teh-White, Managing Director, Futureye

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12.10pm - 12.30pm
Para Park Co-operative: 50 years of private wildlife management

Dr Tim Thomas, Chair of Game Management Panel, Para Park Co-operative

12.30pm - 12.50pm
Can volunteer hunters provide a professional approach and desired outcomes for private landowners and public land managers?

Steve Garlick, Deer Management Committee Chair, Australian Deer Association

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Read more: Dr Bidda Jones Steve Garlick Jordan Hampton Katherine Teh-White Dr Tim Thomas
12:50 PM to 1:40 PM

Lunch

1:40 PM to 2:40 PM

HUMAN DIMENSIONS OF SUSTAINABLE USE CONTINUED...

1.40pm - 2.00pm
Practices of Australian recreational hunters

Dr Greg Baxter, Adjunct Senior Fellow, School of Agriculture & Food Sciences, The University of Queensland

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2.00pm - 2.20pm
Licensee perspectives of kangaroo harvesting licences
Dr Brad Purcell, Project Officer, Kangaroo Management Section, Office of Environment and Heritage NSW

2.20pm - 2.40pm
Training in the sustainable use of wildlife – we have made progress in the last two decades!

Dr Peter Murray, Associate Professor, Wildlife Science Unit, The University of Queensland

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Read more: Dr Greg Baxter Associate Professor Peter Murray Dr Brad Purcell
2:40 PM to 3:10 PM

Afternoon tea

3:10 PM to 5:00 PM

SESSION 2: WILD RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

3.10pm - 3.40pm
Keynote address - Working towards the recovery of a declining quarry species: the Grey Partridge in the UK

Dr Nicholas Aebischer, Deputy Director of Research, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, UK

3.40pm - 4.00pm
Species identification of hog deer (Axis porcinus) in Victoria, Australia

Erin Hill, PhD Candidate, La Trobe University

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4.00pm - 4.20pm
Predation risk theory for optimising control of wild deer
Dr A. David M. Latham, Wildlife Ecologist, Landcare Research

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4.20pm - 4.40pm
Prediction of the feral camel population in Australia

Dr Rafat Al Jassim, Honorary Principal Research Fellow, The University of Queensland

4.40pm - 5.00pm
Planned breeding efforts consider genetic diversity in captive bred African Houbara Bustards

Professor Bindu Kannaganatt Anandakrishnan, Consultant Veterinarian, Office of Foreign Reserves, Ministry of Municipality and Environment, Qatar

Read more: Dr Nicholas Aebischer Dr Rafat Al Jassim Erin Hill Professor Bindu Kannanganatt Anandakrishnan Dr A. David M. Latham
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Lincoln & Presidential Foyer

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7:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Registration desk open

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Presidential Foyer

8:30 AM to 10:00 AM

WILD RESOURCE MANAGEMENT CONTINUED...

8.30am - 9.00am
Keynote address - Ensuring abundant ducks today and tomorrow

Dr Scott Petrie, Chief Executive Officer, Delta Waterfowl Foundation and Adjunct Professor, Western University

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9.00am - 9.20am
A new approach to management of the sustainable harvest of waterfowl

David McNabb, General Manager, Field & Game Australia

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9.20am - 9.40am
Improving monitoring and management of waterfowl in Australia

Dr Shannon Dundas, Research Officer, Vertebrate Pest Research Unit, NSW Department of Primary Industries

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9.40am - 10.00am
Managing the harvest of kangaroos using a proportional threshold strategy

Dr Steven McLeod, Senior Research Scientist, NSW Department of Primary Industries

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Read more: Dr Scott Petrie Dr Shannon Dundas Dr Steve McLeod David McNabb
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Morning tea

10:30 AM to 12:20 PM

SESSION 3: WILDLIFE POLICY AND REGULATION

10.30am - 11.00am
Keynote address - Making the most of private stewardship for conservation – a voluntary landscape approach

Teresa Dent CBE, Chief Executive, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, UK

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11.00am - 11.20am
Regulating sustainable commercial wildlife use – the unknown unknowns

Sally Egan, Regional Manager, Wildlife Operations

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11.20am - 11.40am
Angler/hunter controlled fish and game management in New Zealand
Bryce Johnson, Chief Executive, Fish and Game New Zealand

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11.40am - 12.00pm
Effective management of overabundant wild deer – impediments from a policy, regulatory and stakeholder management perspective

Barry Howlett, Executive Officer, Australian Deer Association

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12.00pm - 12.20pm
Regulatory control of deer in Australia

Ellen Freeman, Undergraduate, Central Queensland University

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Read more: Teresa Dent CBE Sally Egan Ellen Freeman Barry Howlett Bryce Johnson
12:20 PM to 1:20 PM

Lunch

1:20 PM to 2:00 PM

WILDLIFE POLICY AND REGULATION CONTINUED...

1.20pm - 1.40pm
The impact of tenure on lion trophy hunting

Dr Henry Brink, Principal Investigator, Selous Lion Project

1.40pm - 2.00pm
Rosettes, rifles and regulation: a synthesis of the leopard hunting industry in Africa and some innovative policies to better manage harvests

Aleksander Braczkowski, Post Doctoral Researcher, Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, The University of Queensland

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2:00 PM to 3:10 PM

SESSION 4: USE AND CONTROL OF VERTEBRATE PESTS

2.00pm - 2.30pm
Keynote address - Achieving pest control through sustainable wildlife use

Dr Tony Pople, Principal Scientist, Biosecurity Queensland, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

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2.30pm - 2.50pm
Community involvement in conservation and pest management

Matthew Godson, Program Leader, Wildlife Programs, SSAA National

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2.50pm - 3.10pm
Can recreational hunting control pests on public lands?

Dr Andrew Bengsen, Research Scientist, Vertebrate Pest Research Unit, NSW Dept Primary Industries

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Read more: Dr Tony Pople Dr Andrew Bengsen Matthew Godson
3:10 PM to 3:40 PM

Afternoon tea

3:40 PM to 5:00 PM

USE AND CONTROL OF VERTEBRATE PESTS CONTINUED...

3.40pm - 4.00pm
Sheep, dingoes and kangaroos: new challenges and a change of direction 20 years on - a grazier's experience

Peter Clark, Manager, Leander Station

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4.00pm - 4.20pm
Sustainable use of rangeland goats: harvesting or farming; resource or threatening process; exclusion or inclusion?

Dr Peter Fleming, Research leader, Predator & Prey Management, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Vertebrate Pest Research Unit

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4.20pm - 4.40pm
Spatiotemporal population dynamics and management of the feral ungulate assemblage of Kakadu National Park

Stewart Pittard, PhD Candidate, Research Institute for Environment and Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University

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4.40pm - 5.00pm
Horses and rabbits: valuable pests

Dr David Berman, Region Pest Technical Officer, Queensland Murray-Darling Committee

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Read more: Dr David Berman Peter Clark Dr Peter Fleming Stewart Pittard
6:30 PM to 11:00 PM

Conference Dinner

Special keynote address: Wildlife Conservation: In the Belly of the Beast 
Professor Grahame Webb, Managing Director, Wildlife Management International

Roosevelt & Kennedy Rooms

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7:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Registration desk open

The registration desk will be open for delegates to collect their name badge, conference satchel and for general enquiries throughout the conference. 

Presidential Foyer

8:30 AM to 9:40 AM

SESSION 5: NON CONSUMPTIVE SUSTAINABLE USE

8.30am - 9.00am
Keynote address - Twenty years on: what’s changed; what needs to change?
Adjunct Professor Peter Bridgewater, Institute of Applied Ecology and Institute of Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra

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9.00am - 9.20am
Trials of market based incentives to conserve wildlife?
Adjunct Professor George Wilson, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University

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9.20am - 9.40am
Phillip Island Nature Parks – an example of sustainable eco-tourism

Jarvis Weston, Ranger in Charge, Phillip Island Nature Parks

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Read more: Adjunct Professor Peter Bridgewater Jarvis Weston Adjunct Professor George Wilson
9:40 AM to 10:10 AM

Morning tea

10:10 AM to 10:50 AM

NON CONSUMPTIVE SUSTAINABLE USE CONTINUED...

10.10am - 10.30am
Are zoos sustainable? What the visitors and the staff think

Adjunct Associate Professor Andrew Tribe, The University of Queensland and Wildlife Manager, Spicers Retreats

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10.30am - 10.50am
Can the general public play a greater role in the protection of threatened fauna?

Dr Graham Thompson, Principal Zoologist and Partner, Terrestrial Ecosystems

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Read more: Dr Graham Thompson Adjunct Associate Professor Andrew Tribe
10:50 AM to 11:30 AM

SESSION 6: SUSTAINABLE INDIGENOUS USE OF WILDLIFE

10.50am - 11.10am
The development of the camel industry in Australia: commercial management of feral camels on aboriginal land in central Australia

Alex Knight, Manager, Land and Culture, Ngaanyatjarra Council

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11.10am - 11.30am
Looking after country through wildlife utilisation

Julian Gorman, Research Fellow, Research Institute for Environment and Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University

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11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Lunch

12:30 PM to 2:40 PM

SESSION 7: WILDLIFE TRADE AND COMMERCIAL USE

12.30pm - 1.00pm
Keynote address - The wildlife industry in South Africa
Professor Brian Reilly, Professor and Head of Department, Department of Nature Conservation, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria

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1.00pm - 1.20pm
Co-production of livestock and kangaroos: a review of impediments to integrated regional management of wildlife resources

Adjunct Professor George Wilson, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University

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1.20pm - 1.40pm
Conservation implications of male only harvesting in the commercial macropod industry

Neal Finch, Principal Macropod Management Officer, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

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1.40pm - 2.00pm
Why a male only harvest of kangaroos?

Ray Borda, Managing Director/Founder, Macro Meats

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2.00pm - 2.20pm
The key word is use

John Kelly, Executive Officer, Kangaroo Industries Association of Australia

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2.20pm - 2.40pm
Economic constraints on aerial commercial harvesting to control wild deer in New Zealand
Bruce Warburton, Wildlife Ecologist, Landcare Research

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Read more: Professor Brian Reilly Ray Borda Neal Finch John Kelly Bruce Warburton Adjunct Professor George Wilson
2:40 PM to 3:10 PM

Afternoon tea

3:10 PM to 4:50 PM

WILDLIFE TRADE AND COMMERCIAL USE CONTINUED...

3.10pm - 3.30pm
Sustainable use of wild deer under current Queensland legislation – is it achievable?

Clark McGhie, President, Research Into Deer Genetics and Environment (RIDGE Inc)

3.30pm - 3.50pm
Boom and bust – a contrast of two ungulate industries

Dr Matt Amos, Project Officer, Biosecurity Queensland, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

3.50pm - 4.10pm
Creating dingo meat products for Southeast Asia: potential market opportunities and cultural dilemmas

Dr Benjamin Allen, Vice-Chancellors Research Fellow, Institute for Agriculture and the Environment, University of Southern Queensland

4.10pm - 4.50pm
Closing keynote address - Rewilding human-dominated landscapes for conservation and sustainable use

Emiritus Professor Tony Sinclair, University of British Columbia

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Read more: Emeritus Professor Anthony R.E. Sinclair Dr Benjamin Allen Dr Matt Amos Clark McGhie
4:50 PM to 5:00 PM

Closing remarks

Dr Peter Murray, Associate Professor, Wildlife Science Unit, The University of Queensland