Conference Program

Friday April 29

7.45 am – 4.00 pm  The Bellarine Tour

3.00  - 5.15 pm   Registration

5.30 – 7.30 pm  Welcome to Geelong


Saturday April 30   

8.00 am  Registration


9.00 am  Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens Conference Opens

Hon Lisa Neville: State Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water

9.25 am  Conference – Session One:   Plants and People – Everyone has a Role

John Arnott, Exploring the Role of Botanic Gardens in Plant Conservation

Cr Jenny Houlihan, Community and Environment Shaping a Botanic Garden

10.30 am  Morning Tea 


10.55 am  Conference – Session Two:   Improving Our Urban Landscape

Dr Greg Moore, Urban Tree Management Strategies for Climate Change

Annette Zealley, Securing Geelong Botanic Gardens' Future

Dr Dave Kendal, How are Urban Landscapes Important to People?

12.10 pm Book Launch TREES Capturing the Essence of Geelong Botanic Gardens: Artists' Views

12.15 pm   Lunch


1.00 pm  Conference Panel – Session Three: How to Win Friends and Influence People

Prof Tim Entwisle Connecting with Social Media

Cr Jenny Houlihan, John Bentley and others

2.05 pm   Afternoon Tea


2.30 pm Coaches depart from GCC for City Precinct

3.00 – 5.00 pm  Conference Tour - Explore the Geelong Arts and Culture Precinct

Geelong Gallery, The Geelong Botanic Gardens Revealed

Geelong Library and Heritage Centre and Johnstone Park


7.00 – 10.00 pm  Conference Dinner   Deakin Waterfront Kitchen 

Jacqui YoungMount Rothwell Conservation Model – Reversing Species Loss

(Quolls and Bandicoots v Foxes and Cats)


The Conference Program may be subject to minor change

The Geelong Botanic Gardens are open daily 8.00 am – 5.00 pm

Sunday May 1  


8.30 – 10.20 am   Guided Walks - Geelong Botanic Gardens and Eastern Park

10.30 am   Morning Tea


10.55 am   Conference – Session Four: Understanding Our Fragile Communities

Neville Walsh Threatened Flora of Victoria

Cathy Powers Something’s Happening! Citizen Science in the  Brisbane Ranges

Graeme Stockton Geelong Regional Growth:- Threats to flora and ecosystem sustainability

12.20 pm Lunch


1.10 pm   Conference Panel – Session Five: Governance, Compliance and Existence

Robert Wright (AAFBG Committee) Legal Issues,

NFP Accounting and Auditing and others.


2.15 pm   Conference – Session Six: The Association – Beyond 2016

Presentations by AAFBG Members – ‘Planning for the Future’

BGANZ President, John Sandham

3.00 pm   Annual General Meeting of Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens

Presentation by Host of 2018 AAFBG Conference

3.50 pm   Conference Closes

4.00 pm Afternoon Tea


4.30 – 5.30 pm   Geelong Friends’ Plant Nursery open – tours and sales

4.30 – 5.30 pm   Geelong Friends at Library, Meeting Room etc. Light refreshments available before Bat Watch.


6.00 pm   Bat Watch in Eastern Park


Monday May 2

7.45 am – 6.00 pm   The Great Ocean Road and Otways Tour


Tuesday May 3  

7.45 am – 6.00 pm   The Western Plains Tour


Information correct at March 17, 2016