0830 – 1015


5.1 Resolving wildlife management conflicts in rangelands 5.2 Understanding the impacts of land use management decisions
0830 – 0845 Dr Renee Rossini


Queensland Trust for Nature

‘Good dog, bad dog; how we manage predators for conservation and production outcomes’

Mr Richard Thackway

Australian National University

Fenner School of Environment & Society

Assessing environmental stewardship outcomes – the role of exclusion fences in sheep breeding and wool production

0845 – 0900 Ms Fiona Garland

Team Leader Kangaroo Management

Western Local Land Services

A strategic and collaborative approach to managing the national icon

Dr Marwan El Hassan

Australian National University

Fenner School of Environment & Society

 ‘Analysis of the rangeland goat industry as a complex social ecological system’ Part 1, Part 2Part 3

0900 – 0915 Dr Lester Pahl

Principal Scientist

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

How many sheep does a kangaroo make?

Dr Xiaoyong Cui


University of Chinese Academy of Sciences

‘Evaluation of the Forage-Livestock Balance policy in grassland management in China’

0915 – 0930 Dr Thomas Newsome


University of Sydney

‘What happens after you cull a kangaroo and leave it to rot?’

Mr Julian Gorman

PhD Student

Charles Darwin University

‘Investigating the complexity of natural resource-based enterprise development in remote Australian Aboriginal communities’ Part 1, Part 2

0930 – 0945 Ms Emma Spencer

PhD Student

University of Sydney

Culling kangaroos presents an unexpected threat to native ground-nesting birds

Ms Jingyi Ding

PhD Student

University of New South Wales

Trade-offs regulate the effects of woody removal on biodiversity and ecosystem functions in global rangelands

0945 – 1000 Dr George Wilson

Honorary Professor

Australian National University

‘Why have a kangaroo symposium at ARS2019? Improving welfare, landscape sustainability & reducing waste’ Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

Dr John Leys

Senior Principal Research Scientist

Office of Environment and Heritage

Vegetation cover targets for sustainable land management


1045 – 1230


1045 – 1230 Professor Andrew Campbell
CEO, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research‘The converging insecurities of food, water and energy, amplified by climate change – implications for drylands, science and policy’ Dr Margaret FriedelHonorary Fellow, CSIRO Land & Water and RIEL Charles Darwin University‘Nudging the narrative: Heading in the “right direction”’ Ms Fiona Simson

Chair, National Farmers Federation


Graciela Metternicht, Uffe N Nielsen, Mark Stafford Smith

Conference co-chairs

‘Synthesis and closing remarks, including awards and recognition’


Amy Churchill

Western Sydney University

Early Career Participants ‘Closing Reflections’


The Hon. Sussan Ley MP

Minister for the Environment

‘Closing Remarks’


Workshop – Global Drylands Ecosystems Program network regional consultation


Symposium – Kangaroo Management in Australia: the need for reform

1330   Introductions

·        Co-convenors

1400   Small table discussions  (afternoon tea: 1445-1500)

On the following questions (or other dryland priorities attendees wish to raise), with a focus on the Australasian region:

a)        How to identify dryland ecosystem shifts and catch the signals for tipping points.

b)        How to best describe and capture the diversity of social-ecological conditions of dryland systems across the globe? Or What are the livelihood characteristics shaped in dryland systems?

c)        Who are critical stakeholder groups to engage with to shape the research and engagement agenda for G-DEP

d)        What are good regional case studies to include in our research coordinated network?

1530   Discussion session

·        Report back and summarise these discussions.

1600   Close

1330   Welcome Session

·        Minister for the Environment, The Hon. Sussan Ley MP

·        NSW Kangaroo Management Taskforce, Geoff Wise


1345            Session One

·        Overview: purpose of the kangaroo symposium? Dr Rosie Cooney IUCN Sustainable Use & Livelihoods Specialist Group; Australian National University, Fenner School of Environment & Society

·        Kangaroo populations in Australia, Dr Stephen McLeod, Senior Research Scientist, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

·        Welfare implications of current approaches to kangaroo management, Dr Bidda Jones, Acting CEO RSPCA Australia

·        Relationships between kangaroos and biodiversity, Dr Melissa Snape, Senior Ecologist, ACT Government

·        Relationships between kangaroos, grass and domestic stock production, Dr Ben Allen, Senior Research Fellow, University of Southern Queensland

·        Developing the kangaroo industry: constraints and opportunities, Dr Dana Thomsen, PhD Kangaroo Management, University of Adelaide


1515   Afternoon Tea

1530   Session Two

·        Kangaroo meat quality and product palatability: from hop to chop! Dr Nicole Spiegel, QLD Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

·        Kangaroo production – avoiding waste and maximising value, Hon Professor George Wilson, Australian National University, Fenner School of Environment and Society

1600   Panel Session

MC: Rosie Cooney

·        Panel members: George Wilson (ANU), John Read (University of Adelaide), Mark Koolmatrie, (Kukabrak Elder of Southern South Australia, Ngarrindjeri Man), Cathy Waters (NSW DPI), Leon Zanker (landholder) and Doug Jobson (Kangaroo Industry Association of Australia)

1730   Symposium close – drinks and refreshments