What follows is a list of Australian and international events and decisions that are important to the field of protected area management.

  • NSW government’s 2013 announcement on hunting in NSW National Parks

    PAWA welcomes the government’s recent announcement to restrict recreational shooting in national parks and the disbanding of the Game Council of NSW.

    PAWA has been opposed to the introduction of recreational hunting in national parks since the highly political deal was done between the government and the Shooters and Fishers Party.

    The use of ad hoc recreational hunting is proven to be ineffective in controlling feral animal populations and in fact is known to disrupt other planned and effective programs such as baiting and trapping programs. In short, it is bad national park management.

    PAWA has long held concerns about the operation of the Game Council and the Dunn review has confirmed our concerns. In particular, the promotion of “Conservation Hunting” by the Game Council has been discredited and in PAWA’s view has as much credibility as the term “Scientific Whaling”. The Game Council’s lack of accountability and toxic interactions with other government agencies and non hunting organisations (including PAWA) have been exposed to the light of public scrutiny.

    PAWA recognises that there are highly skilled amateur hunters who may be able to help National Parks officers in their feral animal control programs. However ground shooting will only have a relatively minor impact on the feral populations and should be seen as an adjunct to other programs rather than the primary control strategy.

    PAWA would like to thank those who organised opposition to the proposed recreational hunting in national parks, in particular the National Parks Association of NSW, WIRES, Wildwalks, Invasive Species Council, the Public Service Association and the Australian Workers Union. PAWA would also like to thank the tens of thousands of individuals who made their opposition known to the government and stood up against a politically motivated and bad piece of national park management.

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    Position Statement

    The Protected Areas Workers Association of NSW (PAWA) is fully committed to worlds best practice control of vertebrate pests in protected areas in NSW especially in this State’s world class system of Nature Reserves, National Parks and State Conservation Areas.  The introduction of recreational hunting within this reserve system will have major long-term negative impacts to the safety of the people who visit these reserves, to the employees who work in these reserves and most of all, to the considerable and highly effective vertebrate pest management strategies that are already in place.

    PAWA is committed to representing its membership and conveying their concerns to the NSW government on its decision to allow recreational hunting, under the false premise of ‘conservation hunting’, in this states protected areas.  PAWA will also undertake a substantial media campaign, working with other conservation organisations and groups in opposing this decision and to provide accurate information to the public of NSW concerning the impacts of recreational hunting and the true relationship between recreational hunting and vertebrate pest control within the reserve system of NSW.

    PAWA has formally approached the Office of Environment and Heritage and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to request open and frank discussions on the issue of recreational hunting in the NSW reserve system. PAWA has access to the collective knowledge of the Australian Ranger Federation and the International Ranger Federation on this issue.

    Tuesday May 29 2012 - The decision to hunt

    The Premier of NSW has today broken a pre-election promise to keep recreational shooting out of our National Parks. He has announced that the government will be opening up 34 National Parks, 31 Nature Reserves and 14 State Conservation Areas across the state to recreational hunters.

    During his first week in government, the Premier made a strong promise to environment groups and the people of NSW that he would not allow shooting in National Parks. Now he has done a deal with the Shooters and Fishers Party so that they will support his electricity privatisation bill.

    National Parks are for the protection of nature and for the enjoyment of the NSW public, not for blood sport. This decision by the government shows complete disregard for public safety and for the purpose of our National Park system.

    The government is ‘greenwashing’ this deal as a way of managing feral animals, but control of feral animals is best achieved by professionals, not by sporting hunters.

    If you are as horrified about this as we are, please take a few quick actions:

    1) Visit theses pages to sign the petitions that are going around:
    Go Petition: Stop Hunting In NSW National Parks  to sign the petition
    Cate Faehrmann to send an online letter to your local member; &/or
    Nohunting.wildwalks to sign their petition.

    2) Alternatively, call your local member and tell them how you feel about this appalling decision. Follow this link to look up your local MP's contact details.

    3) It would also be useful if you could write a letter to the editor (either of your local paper or one of the State-wide papers), and/or make a call to talkback radio about this issue.

    A map of the reserves earmarked for recreation hunting can be found here

    More information is available in PAWA's media release and PAWA's facebook page where you can find links, photos and articles on this issue

    The website of the Invasive Species Council has more information about why so called 'conservation hunting' by amateur hunters is not an effective means of controlling feral animals.

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  • 21 - 28 August 2012 - AFAC 12: “Diverse country Common ground”, Perth WA
    • This years joint Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) and Bushfire CRC conference theme is “Diverse country. Common ground.”
      Australia and New Zealand are diverse across their landscape, climate, population and social networks. However within this context the fire and emergency management industry has common goals and we share each other’s challenges. This conference is designed for delegates to explore, examine and debate key issues facing our sector.
      The format across the four days includes a Research Forum on the Tuesday, followed by a two day conference program on the Wednesday and Thursday. A Professional Development Program will be held on Friday. 
      The Conference program will address a number of principle topics. The Research Forum will feature research across all hazards.
  • 3 - 5 September 2012 - Landcare – the future in our hands; National Landcare Conference - Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney
    • On behalf of the community the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry invites you to join us at the National Landcare Conference 2012.

      This year the three day event will be held during Landcare week at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre Darling Harbour. This conference is a great opportunity to bring together individual Landcarers, Landcare and community groups, regional bodies, natural resource management (NRM) practitioners, international Landcare members and Australian Government representatives.

  • 7 - 8 September 2012 - Talking Wildlife, Bardon Conference Centre, Brisbane Qld
    • Wildlife Queensland is bringing together some of Queensland's leading wildlife researchers and campaigners to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2012. Keynote speaker, Paul Gilding, is a renowned author, corporate advisor and conservation campaigner who has spent 35 years trying to change the world.
  • 13 - 14 September 2012 - Camera Trapping in Wildlife Management and Research Colloquium - ANZ Lecture Theatre, Taronga Zoo, Sydney 
    • Camera trapping is the hot technique for wildlife monitoring, but do we expect more than the technology can provide?

      The Australasian Wildlife Management Society in collaboration with the Invasive Animals CRC and partners are hosting a Camera Trapping in Wildlife Management and Research Colloquium. To help us with developing the program and organising the Colloquium, please register your interest.

      The Colloquium is open to any researcher, land manager or student who uses camera trapping to carry out research and monitoring of wildlife and will also bring together Australian and International camera trap trade displays.

      The results of the recent survey on preferred session themes identified four clear themes:

      1. Data and image management, identification and analysis
      2. Camera trapping for animal monitoring; case studies
      3. Survey design, standards and protocols
      4. Camera technology, constraints and pitfalls
  • 23 - 27 September 2012 - 17th Biennial Conference of the Australian Rangeland Society - Kununarra WA
    • You are invited to the 17th Biennial Conference of the Australian Rangeland Society where you will join a lively mix of natural resource professionals, managers of rangeland for grazing, tourism, conservation and cultural purposes, scientists and students to discuss the rangeland, its use and management.

      Rangeland, which makes up more than 80 per cent of the Australian continent, has unique values and management issues framed by deep cultural connections, immense scale, precious ecosystems, unforgiving climate and sparse social capital.

  • 8 - 11 October 2012 - 18th Australasian Weeds Conference 2012 - The Sebel and Citigate, Albert Park, Melbourne Vic
    • The conference will showcase recent advances in weed science, extension and policy across Australian and international communities and landscapes. 

      The program will provide valuable information and networking opportunities for anyone with an interest in aspects of weed legislation and development of practical solutions to evolving weed problems.
  • 8 - 11 October 2012 - "Rivers in a Rapidly Urbanising World"; 15th International Riversymposium -  Melbourne Vic
    • Presented by the International WaterCentre; The International Riversymposium is the world’s leading river management conference. This year’s event will explore the intricately linked pressures on rivers and waterways as the world’s urban population continues to grow and expand.
  • 4 - 9 November 2012 - 7th International Ranger Federation Congress - Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge, near Arusha National Park, Tanzania

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    • Overall Congress Theme: Healthy Parks, Hungry People 

      Theme 1: Working Towards Healthy Parks 
      · Presentations and Workshop on: Capacity Building – needs & solutions. This will include things like: 
      - opportunities for local, regional, and global short-term personnel exchanges, and ways to generate financial support for such actions 
      - establishing/recommending local, regional, and global standardised competencies 
      - enhancing existing/developing new regional training centres 
      - sharing, translating & development of best practice manuals 
      · Presentations and Workshop on: Marketing and Networking 

      Theme 2: Dealing With Hungry People 
      (The challenges limiting rangers from achieving Healthy Parks) 
      · Presentations and Workshop on: Challenges facing protected areas 
      - Land use conflicts 
      - Human – wildlife conflict 
      - Dealing with conservation crime internationally (eg. working together towards addressing ex situ demand for illegal wildlife and forest products) 
      - Political threats to protected areas 
      - Indigenous persons use of parks and natural resources 
      · Presentations and Workshop on: The rangers job – challenges & solutions