EnviroForum 2020: Changing Landscapes

2020 has already seen a changing landscape for all.  How do we, wildlife and the land adapt and can we become resilient to what the future may bring? Join us on the journey as we discuss Changing Landscapes.

Program for 2020

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, EnviroForum 2020 will be a virtual series of webinars for you to access from your home, workplace or favourite nature spot!


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Kate WallHow to Grow a Resilient Garden

With Kate Wall's wealth of knowledge working with numerous clients to create the perfect garden, she certainly has the experience to guide us in building a resilient garden.

There are many factors to consider and many impacts on our gardens, but we can be equipped to make sure it stands the test of time and changes, whether it be drought, flood or heat.

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Hidden Vale koalaHidden Vale Koalas

The expert team at Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre bring us an exciting showcase of research projects involving koalas.

Dr Andrew Tribe and Karmen Butler show us their project that involves tracking koalas to develop a thriving koala population that could bolster regional populations. Dalene Adam explores the impact of climate change on koalas.

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Martine MaronChanging Landscapes Impacts on Birds

Conserving biodiversity is essential for maintaining the health of the environment that supports human life. Biodiversity is also vital to understanding why species respond the way they do to landscape change.

Professor Martine Maron will explore how even highly modified landscapes can be managed to be more biodiverse.

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Flood water over road with signManaging Future Floods

Living with flood is a part of life in Ipswich. We need to be ready and resilient.

Join a panel of experts helping to develop the Ipswich Integrated Catchment Plan as part of Ipswich's City Council's ongoing commitment to understand and prepare for flood.

This was a special event for Managing Future Floods community engagement.

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Shania WatsonThe in-situ use of microchip automated devices for wildlife

How can we support our wildlife to adapt to our ever-changing landscape?

Shania Watson from Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre explores a project she has been involved in, using microchip technology to ensure targeted species get first access to nest boxes. She has successfully trained seven brush-tailed possums and one brush-tailed phascogale to use this method.

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Bob HampsonChange in landscape from a Landcare perspective

West Moreton Landcare's Bob Hampson brings his local knowledge and experience in landscape restoration to this special session.

Join Bob in his local environment and on the ground at one of his Marburg restoration projects, to show what is possible in our community.

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About Kate Wall

Kate is a gardening professional with a background in environmental science who now enjoys working with clients as diverse as elderly pensioners, kindy and schools, garden enthusiasts, socialites, busy professionals and even a former Governor General to help them create and care for fabulous gardens for clients. She runs regular gardening workshops and has a wealth of knowledge for those wanting to know all about their gardens at home.

Kate has an international following through her writings on www.GardenDrum.com/author/katewall/ and her own garden has featured on television and numerous gardening magazines. She is president of the Queensland Herb Society, and also a committee member of the Horticulture Media Association of Queensland. For more of Kate's work visit www.katewall.com.au

About Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre and expert speakers

The Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre is an exciting new partnership between the University of Queensland and The Turner Family Foundation.

In 2017, The University of Queensland entered into a long-term cooperative venture with The Turner Family Foundation to undertake wildlife research and teaching on the Spicers Hidden Vale retreat property near Grandchester in South-East Queensland.

By housing a diverse range of native wildlife, The Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre offers UQ students and researchers valuable hands-on access to learn and develop next-generation wildlife management and conservation techniques.

The overarching goal of the Hidden Vale Project is to develop innovative and globally significant solutions for wildlife management and conservation, using the Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre and surrounding ecosystems as a model.

Dr. Andrew Tribe - Wildlife Manager

Andrew TribeAndrew Tribe is the Wildlife Manager at the Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre where he coordinates the day-to-day operational activities and hands on wildlife management with Dalene, and supervises the Koala Project and the veterinary clinic. Since 2016, Andrew has been Wildlife Manager for the Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre, using conservation initiatives through teaching and applied research.

Andrew has worked with wildlife for the past 35 years, particularly in the areas of management, welfare and rehabilitation. For 24 years he was Senior Lecturer in Wildlife at the University of Queensland and is internationally recognised for his research and teaching in wildlife welfare, behaviour and management.

He has had extensive experience working with captive wildlife and is recognised as an authority on zoos. Dr Tribe was the Senior Veterinarian at Melbourne Zoo from 1985 to 1991, and has recently undertaken research looking at their opportunities, and challenges for the future.

Karmen Butler - Field Operations Manager

Karmen ButlerKarmen is the Field Operations Manager for the Hidden Vale Koala Project where she coordinates the tracking and status of our monitored koala population.

For many years, Karmen's 'office' has involved mountain views from behind handlebars, rainforest hikes and creek walks as a mountain biking and hiking tour guide with Spicers Scenic Rim Trail. Other invaluable experiences include voluntary beach patrols to process nesting marine turtles with the Threatened Species Unit (EHP), as well as various ecological monitoring and restoration work on the Hidden Vale property.

Karmen returned to study at the Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre for her Honours year research on red foxes in 2018. Karmen’s role with the Turner Family Foundation has now developed to supervising the tracking, health and data collection of our monitored koala population in the Hidden Vale Koala Project.

Dalene Adam - Manager

Dalene AdamDalene Adam is the Manager at the Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre where she coordinates the day-to-day operational activities as well as hands on wildlife management.

Growing up in South Africa Dalene has spent a large amount of time in the nature reserves where her father worked as an Environmental Scientist for Nature Conservation. She has ‘worked’ with all kinds of wildlife her whole life, and has been professionally working in the industry for over 10 years.

Dalene’s PhD investigated the physiological and behavioural adaptations in koalas in response to climate change; with an aim to inform management decisions related to habitat retention and revegetation strategies for maintaining and developing climate change refugia for this species.

Shania Watson - Wildlife Technician and Koala Tracker

Shania WatsonShania is a Wildlife Technician and Koala Tracker, looking after our captive wildlife, monitoring koalas in the field.

Shania is a passionate student, having just completed her Honours degree training brushtail possums and a brush-tailed phascogale to use microchip automated doors in the wild. These doors were installed on nest boxes and only allow programmed individuals to use the nest boxes.

Shania is also a wildlife technician with our captive wildlife and works in the field as one of our koala trackers.

Every minute of the 4 years she has been volunteering and working with wildlife has been a blast and working at Hidden Vale is like a dream come true!

About Martine Maron

Martine Maron is a Professor of Environmental Management at The University of Queensland. Her research focuses on avian community ecology, conservation ecology, and conservation policy. She has a particular interest in woodland bird ecology, and in policy to mitigate impacts of development on biodiversity.

Martine is President of BirdLife Australia, Deputy Director of the National Environmental Science Program’s Threatened Species Recovery Hub, a Governor of WWF-Australia and a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists. She is also a resident of the Brisbane Valley where she and her husband have established revegetation to provide habitat for native birds.

About Bob Hampson

Bob and his wife live on their 25ha lifestyle property on the Marburg Range which they purchased as a neglected block of scrub land in 2000.

Applying principles of land use planning and farm management, they have developed this into a property which demonstrates the philosophy of Landcare in a peri-urban area.

Bob has been heavily involved in environmental issues both at the policy/governance level and in practical on-ground activities with the local community.

He has been president of the West Moreton Landcare Group for seven years and describes himself as an ‘almost full-time, unpaid Landcare officer’.

Partnership Opportunities

If you are looking for a new way to reach your clients, join us at EnviroForum 2020.

With professionals, environmental enthusiasts and dedicated group members involved with the EnviroForum, it's your chance to reach out and capture your fans.  While the event is online this year, we are happy to discuss activation opportunities which enhance the program for our community.  Join us to:

  • Increase brand awareness
  • Position your organisation in the city and SEQ
  • Utilise a bespoke sponsorship opportunity to reach your marketing objectives
  • Showcase your organisation to existing and new fans

We look forward to discussing ideas with you and offering new benefits to our EnviroForum 2020 attendees.

Please contact us on (07) 3810 6666 or email enviroed@ipswich.qld.gov.au for further information or to let us know what you want to see at EnviroForum 2020.

Previous EnviroForums

2019 EnviroForum: Our Wildlife Neighbours

View the program.


2018 EnviroForum: From Little Things Big Things Grow

EnviroForum 2018 Program (PDF, 366.2 KB)


Ipswich EnviroForum 2017: Nature Conservation in the Digital Age


Ipswich EnviroForum 2016: Bridging Communication Gaps

Download a copy of the EnviroForum 2016 Program (PDF, 2.2 MB)

Download a copy of the Inspiration Café Discussion Notes (PDF, 989.3 KB)
detailing workshop outcomes.


Ipswich EnviroForum 2015: Sharing Water Wisdom for a Sustainable Future

A copy of the program can be found here: EnviroForum Program 2015  (PDF, 580.5 KB)


Ipswich EnviroForum 2014: Biodiversity in Focus – Celebrating Success

The first ever Ipswich EnviroForum, held on the 9 May 2014, provided delegates with a closer look into current trends and studies surrounding biodiversity within the South East Queensland region.

A copy of the program can be found here: EnviroForum Program 2014 (PDF, 4.4 MB)