The 4th Annual Wetlands Restoration Science Forum 2018 will be held over two days, 16 and 17 August 2018.


The theme for the 2018 event is ‘Risks and Drivers of Change in Wetland Management’ – emphasising the major risks and drivers of change which may affect their future management. We plan to take a regional level approach with reviews on the major risks of climate variations, fire, weed, native and pest animals, extreme events and changes to land use and practices from these impacts in the upstream catchment.

Winton Wetlands is developing a research knowledge hub to provide a regular forum for researchers and managers to meet and identify research needs, share information, equipment, facilities, and resources, and to collaborate on research.


International keynote speaker: Cheri van Schravendijk-Goodman

Nga Tangata Tiaki o Whanganui (NTT) in New Zealand

Title of presentation: When the River can’t find her happy place – why wetlands are more than just ‘wet lands’ for a truly healthy Te Awa Tupua

Cheri van Schravendijk-Goodman is a descendant of three iwi (tribes) affiliated with the Whanganui River on her mum’s side – Te Atihaunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Apa and Ngāti Rangi. Thanks to her Dad, she also descends from Breda in the Netherlands.

She is freelance contractor/advisor working mainly with iwi (tribes) and hapū (sub-tribes) in the areas of restoration science and environmental planning. More recently, she has finally been able to do her dream job of working for her own river and her people. She has interests in environmental science – particularly ethnobotany, wetland restoration and mātauranga taiao (cultural environmental-ecological knowledge), biosecurity and the training and development of tribal members working at the ‘flaxroots’. Her most recent work has focused on wetlands and the sharing of narratives from the indigenous people who give these spaces their unique voices.

Keynote speaker: Dr Lynette Bettio

Senior climatologist from the Bureau of Meteorology

Dr Bettio will speak on climate risks and impacts as well as the data that is available to support wetland restoration.

The program will include:

  • an update on the restoration program onsite, results from a number of research projects conducted at Winton Wetlands
  • opportunity to experience cultural, landscape art installations and ecological aspects of the project during our Lunette Walk
  • workshops on necessary actions to address climate change and our restoration objectives.

Other speakers at the forum

  • Professor Peter Gell (Federation University Australia)
  • Simon Casanelia (Goulburn-Broken CMA)
  • Sean Phillipson (East Gippsland CMA)
  • Martin Potts (Greening Australia)
  • Damien Cook (Rakali Ecological Consulting, North Central CMA, Barapa Barapa NAC)
  • Mark Bachmann (Nature Glenelg Trust)
  • Keith Ward (Goulburn-Broken CMA)
  • Chris Armstrong (Deakin University)
  • Dr Michelle Casanova (Federation University Australia)
  • Chris Holmes (Parks Victoria)

This is an opportunity not to be missed! As we do have restricted numbers for our sessions, so booking early will be necessary!