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You are invited to this 16th annual Dieback Information Group (DIG) Conference by the Dieback Working Group. This annual conference provides an opportunity for community, industry, Government and academia to come together and share the latest research findings and management techniques for tackling the key threatening process - Phytophthora Dieback. The 2017 DIG Conference is themed “Threatened Species and Communities”, because our megadiverse environment is facing extraordinary levels of species’ loss and ecosystem impact.

Highlights of the 2017 DIG include an opening address by the Hon Diane Evers MLA from the Greens WA followed by the keynote address from speaker Prof Stephen Hopper, who will be giving a presentation titled "Dieback and Kwongan - novel perspectives from an ancient diversifying flora". Dr Judy Fisher from IUCN will be bringing her experience as the leader of the Ecosystems and Biosecurity team to talk about "An IUCN globally endorsed ecosystem approach to protect and preserve future environments, collaborative opportunities".

If you've ever missed a DIG Conference you won't want to miss Prof Giles Hardy presenting a retrospective on the last 25 years of Phytophthora research out of Murdoch University. Prof Hardy also brings his team of researchers and PhD students presenting their latest research in the field of Phytophthora Dieback including new species jarrah forest change.

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DWG Project Partners, Birdlife Australia WA, will be seding along their Coordinator of the Cockies in Crisis Project Officer Tegan Doulas to present a Birdlife Australia WA perspective on Phytophthora Dieback management through their various conservation activities.

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Sourcing 'clean' basic raw materials (BRM) for construction and development projects is a high priority and a huge challenge. Dr Elaine Davison from the DWG Management Committee and Chair of the DWG BRM Sub-Committee will be presenting about the challenges associated with 'dieback-free' BRM. Murdoch University's Dr Bill Dunstan and Alcoa Australia's Dr Andrew Grigg will be presenting the two parts of their collaborative research on the eradication of P. cinnamomi.

Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions speakers Dr Emer O'Gara and Matt Rumenos will be providing a Department persepetive on risk management for distrurbance activities and the use of LIDAR in dieback mapping, as well as an update on the Myrtle Rust threat. From the South Coast, researchers Dr Sarah Barrett and Damien Rathbone will be presenting on their research into long-term uphosphite use in P. cinnamomi infested ecosystems.   

From the community sector, Roleybushare Chair Tim Rudman and the DWG's EO Kat Sambrooks will be providing updates on their Phytophthora Dieback management activities and South Coast NRM's Tilo Massenbauer presenting on their strategic framework and rationalisation matrix for managing Phytophthora Dieback in landscapes. Tilo will also be giving demonstrations of the DIDMS Database during the lunch break and running QGIS and DIDMS training sessions in the days leading up to DIG.
With so many lessons for better strategic and on-ground management the 2017 DIG Conference is not to be missed! This conference is ideal for environmental practitioners in a wide range of industries as well as community landcare, Government and academia.

Registration is only available online, so secure your place now to make sure you don't miss out! The DIG Flyer and current program can be downloaded here pdfDIG_2017_Flyer_and_Draft_Program_v1.4.pdf.



Murdoch University,
Kim Beasley Lecture Theatre,
90 South Street
Western Australia
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Date: Friday 29th of Sep 2017
Time: 8:00am - 4:30pm  (8:30 Start)
Price: $180 Full price, $90 for Concession* (inc GST)
Includes: Program, Lunch and Morning tea
Contact: Bruno Rikli: 0400 208 582
Kat Sambrooks: 0488 082 628

*Attendees paying as a concession must be able to present a student, healthcare or pension card upon request.

*Tickets available online only (no Door sales).

* Online Registration closes 12:00pm, Thursday 28th September or when sold out.


Don't forget to register for our Pre-DIG Green Card Training session - Thursday 28th of September at Murdoch University, Places are limited! Follow the link to register www.dwg.org.au/green-card   

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