Australasian Plant Conservation
Originally published in Australasian Plant Conservation 14(3), December 2005 - February
Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, CSIRO Plant Industry
The essence of this report was presented at the
Annual General Meeting held at the end of November, and as such is largely a
summary of ANPC's activities during the past twelve months. The ANPC has
consolidated its position in the increasingly active conservation-space in
Australia during the past year. This has primarily been at the interface between
the science arena, the policy makers and land managers, and the on-ground
practitioners. We have seen some exciting times and events taking us into new
The high quality training workshops organised and hosted by the ANPC during this past year have contributed
significantly to the scientific level of information provided to practitioners.
Around 350 people have been trained during the translocation and rehabilitation
workshops during this year. The feedback from each of the workshops has been
extremely complimentary on the quality of presentations, as well as the
relevance of the content.
A series of 'Translocation of Threatened
Plants' workshops was held responding to user demand, including a
request by NSW Environmental Trust as a follow-up to the revised Translocation
Guidelines, which they supported. Two to three ANPC committee members have
provided the core of presentations for each of these workshops and the formula
of incorporating real case scenarios into the program seems to have hit on a
winning combination. I would like to express gratitude on behalf of all of us in
the ANPC to those members who have contributed so much of their time and energy
to the success of these workshops.
A series of rehabilitation workshops was
hosted by ANPC in regional NSW under the able organisational abilities of Sally
Stephens, and with contributions from those with local experience. Again these
have had very positive response.
The support ANPC has managed to bring on board
for running these training sessions has been extremely encouraging. It is clear
there is a demand to increase the scientific level of information being provided
to those of our community responsible for on-ground management and conservation.
I wish to acknowledge the generous backing and cooperation of all the various
organisations and agencies concerned.
Australasian Plant Conservation It is exciting to see the content of the Bulletin expanding to incorporate more
substantial articles, for which we have received positive feedback. In addition,
the concept of publishing issues of APC dedicated to a particular theme seems to
have met with approval. Feedback from members on these issues and other
suggestions would be very helpful. We have managed to secure small amounts of
funding to sponsor the publication of various issues of APC, and will be
proactively seeking further support during the next year.
National Conference 2005 - September 25-28 in Adelaide
Theme: Plant Conservation in times of change
- dealing with extremes of climate, threats and policy. Jointly hosted by
South Australia's Department of Environment and Heritage and ANPC. The National
Conference was a great success and provided an excellent opportunity for
networking and learning from others - this meeting provides a pretty unique
venue bringing the practitioners together with researchers and policy makers,
and certainly stimulates thoughtful debate and discussion.
The number of participants in the National
Conference was slightly disappointing (just over 100), even though those who
attended certainly felt it was an excellent conference. The ANPC Committee
members have spent some time working through the efficacy of the national
conference format in the crowded plant conservation space. One outcome of our
deliberations was the idea of trying a different style of meeting, perhaps in
the form of a one-day forum with a
specific topic (perhaps the 'ANPC Annual Forum') together with one day of
workshops. The large number of science and conservation related meetings around
Australia now provides a greater challenge to holding a meeting that will
attract the mix of conservation interests that has always been ANPC's remit.
Those with whom I've discussed this feel it is worth pursuing - further feedback
would be helpful.
ANPC's staff members, Pam Strickland
holding the office together, and Sally Stephens, project officer for the
environmental grants and workshop organiser, have both done a fantastic job
supporting our organisation. I greatly appreciate their dedication to ANPC and
the commitment they have shown to keeping the organisation buzzing.
We have invested in a new accounting system for the office and Pam has undertaken training with MYOB to set up the system,
greatly assisted by our new Treasurer Jim Crennan. This will establish a much
clearer view of our financial situation.
The National Committee has worked well together and individual contributions have been outstanding. The
ANPC should be proud of the dedication of its elected office bearers. I would
like to see greater input from a broader range of the committee members in the
next year, and we are already off to a good start with a planning meeting
scheduled for late February.
I take this opportunity to sincerely thank the
retiring members of the National Committee - Gerald Mueller, John Arnott and
Andrew Smith - for their long term commitment to the organisation, which I am
sure will continue under different guises. Particular thanks are due to Ged for
taking the responsibility of the Treasurer's position and trying to handle the
finances in slightly difficult times. I am sure all ANPC members would wish me
to thank Tricia Hogbin, who has stepped down from the Secretary's position, for
making such a major contribution over the past few years. It is fortunate for us
that Tricia has remained on the committee and is easing the new Secretary into
The enthusiasm for ANPC is reflected in a number
of new members elected to the national committee at the recent AGM. It is with
pleasure that we welcome Tom Celebrezze, Jim Crennan, Deanna Marshall and Paul
Gibson Roy as new members. Also, Helena Mills, previously a committee member,
was appointed as Secretary. Jim Crennan has taken the Treasurer position and is
bringing his finance and accountancy skills to the ANPC. The team making up the
national committee brings together an outstanding range of expertise and
experiences that the organisation should capitalise on into the future.
The ANPC is extremely grateful to the ANBG and
the Director Robin Nielsen and Deputy Director Jim Croft for the hospitality and
accommodation that the Gardens provides for ANPC. This support is invaluable for
us to deliver the activities and functions that we have been able to pursue.
It is with
sadness that I report the death of one of our past Committee members and a
strong advocate for plant conservation. David Given lost his battle with cancer
on November 27 after a career of serving the conservation community. A tribute
to his life and career can be found on page 26. David was a long-term member of
the ANPC from its foundation in 1991, and was a consistent source of
encouragement and international experience for plant conservation in both New
Zealand and Australia. David will be missed in both our countries and around the