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The Australian Network for Plant Conservation (ANPC) and the Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens (RTBG) presented the 10th Australasian Plant Conservation Conference 2014 (APCC10) which was held in Hobart, Tasmania, 11th - 14th November.

ANPC conferences are a key focal point event at which plant conservation specialists can exchange ideas and make new contacts. APCC10 brought together a diverse range of the top botanists, ecologists, land managers, and on-ground plant conservation workers from around Australia and New Zealand, to discuss current scientific research and practical experience in the field of plant conservation, in particular for the many threatened plants and ecological communities now listed around Australia.

For more information on the conference CLICK HERE.

To view photos from the conference CLICK HERE.

Download the APCC10 PROGRAM here.

The APCC10 Conference Program included a facinating variety of guest speakers, an innovative technology practical session, some 'behind the scenes' tours of the Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens, and exciting field trips such as the tour of the Tasmanian Threatened Orchid Project. Social events included a Welcome Reception at Government House, Conference Dinner and Casual BBQ at the end of the conference. In addition, former senator Dr Bob Brown delivered a stimulating Guest Lecture.

The overall theme of APCC10 was “Sustaining Plant Diversity – Adapting to a Changing World”.
"The five sub-themes were:
1/ securing biodiversity.
2/ partnerships for biodiversity
3/ prioritising actions.
4/ animals in plant conservation.
5/ engagement and communication in the modern world.

Climate change is one of the biggest emerging challenges facing plant conservationists today. APCC10 focused on how native plants are adapting to the changing climate, and what measures are being undertaken to help them adapt, including the development of climate change corridors. It also reported on other exciting developments in pollination ecology, seed germination (including the Australian Seed Bank Partnership), and genetics and conservation.


The conference and conference dinner was held at The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel, 1 Macquarie Street Hobart, Tasmania.  

Speaker sponsor

"The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel is centrally located within a stone’s throw of the Hobart city centre and just a block away from Hobart's majestic waterfront. It consists of a unique choice of fully serviced Hotel Rooms, Studio Apartments, One Bedroom Apartments, Two Bedroom Apartments and Executive Spa Apartments. Whether you are travelling for leisure or for work, you will experience a warm welcome and enjoyable stay at The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel, Hobart. For bookings please contact the Reservations Team on 1800 814 676 or email reservations@oldwoolstore.com.au."

Download the APCC10 Map here

Visit Tasmania!

Take a break in this geographically diverse state where over 40 per cent of the land area is reserved as national park and world heritage area. There are many plants to be seen here that grow nowhere else in the world, and the unique cool temperate rainforests and alpine areas are stunning. Go to the Discover Tasmania website for more information.

Myrtle Beech sponsors

"Connect with Tasmanian wilderness at two iconic properties located at some of Tasmania's most famous destinations. At Freycinet Lodge guests engage with the natural beauty of Freycinet National Park, and Cradle Mountain Hotel offers a memorable alpine wilderness and wildlife experience. Book your next Tasmanian getaway today. Contact details: Freycinet Lodge reservations@freycinetlodge.com.au +61 3 6256 7222; Cradle Mountain Hotel reservations@cradlemountainhotel.com.au +61 3 6492 1404"

Field Trip Sponsor

"AutoRent Hertz, conveniently located at Hobart Airport and Hobart City, can provide all your rental vehicle needs, whether it's a car or a camper van. From small to large cars, SUVs and 6 exceptional camper models to choose from, there's bound to be a vehicle to suit your needs. AutoRent Hertz is 100% Tasmanian-owned and we really know Tasmania. We strongly recommend that visitors explore Tasmania by Campervan or Motorhome. Our beautiful State is unhurried, unspoiled and just perfect for a Camper style holiday. To get a quote or make a booking click here."

Discounts for delegates!

"The award winning The Maria Island Walk is a gentle 4 day walk through a world heritage National Park in small groups of 10 guests and 2 friendly guides. It’s an enchanting mix of wildlife, history, breathtaking scenery, candlelit gourmet dining and elegant private accommodation. The all-inclusive trips are $2300. SPECIAL OFFER for all APCC10 attendees! $300 off if you book and walk with us between now and 30th April 2015."

All APCC10 delegates also received a:
* 10% discount on a seaplane adventure with Tasmanian Air Adventures
* 20% discount on entry to the Tahune Airwalk, Tasmania's 'must-see' forest attraction, a 1.5hr drive south of Hobart. Walk among the giants and touch a legendary Huon pine, hunt for mysterious forest fungi, or learn about the important scientific research that goes on right 'next door' to the AirWalk. Experience breathtaking views of the forest canopy, spine-tingling bridges across the might Huon and Picton Rivers, the thrill of an Eagle hang glide, peaceful forest walks and Tasmanian food and wine in the licensed cafe. To download the brochure, click here
* 20% discount at Hobart Bike Hire including free helmets, locks and maps which indicate safe and desirable cycling routhes around Hobart. These maps are also available on the website under the heading 'Maps&Rides'.

At the ANPC Committee meeting on 8 October 2014, the following early bird registrations prizes were drawn by ANBG Ranger, Sally Bowman:

  • First prize: one free 4 day walk on world heritage listed Maria Island, just off the east coast of Tasmania, courtesy of The Maria Island Walk, valued at $2,300. Winner: Ms Emma Dalziell, WA.
  • Second prize: one gift voucher for 1 x Hobart Scenic flight, with Tasmanian Air Adventures, valued at $99. Winner Ms Nicola Barnes, SA.

Congratulations to Emma and Nicola for winning such fabulous prizes!


Speaker information

APCC10 was an exciting event with many fascinating speakers, including Keynote Speaker Associate Professor Ian Lunt, Australia's Sherlock Holmes of vegetation ecology, from Charles Sturt University. Ian's research interests include ecological restoration, grassland and woodland management, as well as historical changes in Australian ecosystems, and every few weeks he writes about plants, vegetation ecology and conservation on his informative and entertaining blog.

Further information on some of the main speakers can be found here.

Speaker sponsor

"Natural Area Consulting Management Services provides integrated and holistic services in environmental management for its Western Australian clients and is one of the largest and most diverse environmental contracting and consulting businesses in Western Australia. Natural Area operates a substantial native plant nursery to supply high end restoration projects and has a long history of community environmental support."

And we were delighted that former senator Bob Brown from the Bob Brown Foundation was our guest speaker at a free public lecture on Thursday 13 November at the Baha'i Centre of Learning for Tasmania.

Public Lecture sponsors

General conference sponsor

"The Earth Welfare Foundation enables and actualises the uptake of environmentally sustainable practices, mainly focussing on biodiversity protection, renewable energy and rural productivity. The Foundation believes that caring for the environment is about respect for all life and making life easier by living by the rules of the ecological game."

General conference sponsor

"William Smith & Sons is Australia’s first certified organic Cidery, built at the farm in the Huon Valley, where William Smith first started orcharding in 1888. The orchard is currently run by Andrew, the 4th generation of Smith family to farm in the Huon. All our ciders use only fruit grown on our farm and its all crushed, fermented, aged and bottled at the farm! Find us online and at 2064 Huon Highway, Grove, Tasmania. All delegates will receive a 330ml bottle of Organic Apple Cider as a welcoming gift from Willie Smiths."

General conference sponsor

"Cape Grim bottled water is the only bottled rainwater in the world; clean enough to be approved by the Health Departments of the USA, EU, Australia and Japan. Cape Grim, Tasmania is identified by the CSIRO, as having the cleanest air on Earth. The nearest landmass on latitude 40 degrees south is South America, 16,000km away. The wind and rain known as the 'Roaring 40's', travel this vast distance without passing over any land mass at all. They arrive at Tasmania in a virgin state. All delegates will receive a 500ml bottle of pure rainwater as a welcoming gift from Cape Grim Natural Water.Contact us for orders and enquiries."

General conference sponsor

The Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) was a general conference sponsor