Speakers & Presenters

Healthy Landcare | Healthy Landscape

Keynote speaker

Dr Karl KruszelnickiThe keynote speaker for the 2017 NSW Landcare and Local Land Services Conference will be renowned science broadcaster, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.

The popular presenter has a link to the Albury-Wodonga area, having spent his early childhood years at the Bonegilla migrant camp before the family settled in Wollongong.

Dr Karl is best-known for his weekly radio spot on Triple J, in which he answers listener questions about science in his unique and entertaining style. Read more about Dr Karl by clicking here.

Keynote speaker

Stan Grant has a long and somewhat controversial professional history that has blended media with politics.

Born in Griffith in south-west New South Wales, Stan’s mother is from the Kamilaroi people and his father is of the Wiradjuri.

Much of Stan’s childhood was spent on the road, living in small towns and Aboriginal communities. This gave him a love of adventure and stories, and despite poverty and an early sporadic education, he says it was his family and the larger Aboriginal community that gave him a strong platform for life. Read more about Stan Grant by clicking here.


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Conference theme – ‘Sharing our Stories’

Conference streams


This stream highlights the biodiversity focused efforts of individuals, groups, communities, NGOs and partnerships with Government agencies and Industry and the role they play in identifying and recovering Australia’s threatened species and co-existing with natural ecosystems.

This includes but is not restricted to habitat restoration, connectivity and conservation programs and research, influencing the survival trajectory for particular threatened species, public awareness and education campaigns of spaces and species and symbiosis, as well as highlighting the role flora and fauna play in human survival and amenity.


This stream focuses on showcasing how farmers, land managers, groups and partnerships are pursuing best practices that balance economic, environmental and social outcomes through responsible management of our land and water resources and the role they play in sustainably producing food and fibre whilst providing beneficial ecosystem services.


This stream focuses on the impacts and pressures on our waterways and water resources from human activity and the programs underway to ensure our waterways and estuaries continue to be healthy and productive for future generations.

Waterways include marine environments and intertidal zones, rivers, wetlands and other natural waterways, as well as human-made structures for water harvesting/ movement/ measurement/ interception/ containment/ diversion/ treatment etc.

Water resources include providing water for sustaining human life, wildlife and plants, irrigation, livestock and domestic use, and supporting industries and activities such as manufacturing, tourism, recreational and commercial fishing and aquaculture. It also covers environmental water, flooding regimes and land-reclamation, water licensing and legislation.  

Aboriginal Landcare

This stream focuses on Indigenous land and sea management, also referred to as ‘caring for country’. It includes but is not restricted to a wide range of environmental, natural resource and cultural heritage management and education activities undertaken by individuals, groups and organisations across Australia for customary, community, conservation and commercial reasons.

These activities have their origins in the holistic relationships between traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies and their customary land and sea estates—or ‘country’.