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18 - 19 April 2018 Cowra Civic Centre - Darling Street, Cowra



Climate Smart Innovations (CSI) for the Central West

Climate Smart Innovations will be held in the central west town of Cowra which straddles the Lachlan River and is reliant on the valley's strong agricultural base. Well known for prime lamb and veal production, the soil types, usually reliable rainfall and abundant irrigation water have brought a range of primary industries to the area, including: viticulture, dairying, fresh vegetables, lucerne hay, poultry egg production, broadacre grain and oilseeds. This dynamic conference will highlight how the region has and continues to build an inventive future based on agricultural, environmental and conservation advancements. Hear from a variety of outstanding speakers, take part in farm tours and workshops showcasing the regions latest innovations in response to climate adaptation research and meet the local producers and sample their amazing produce.


Mick Callan

Cr Bruce Reynolds - MC

Project Support Officer - Central West Councils Environment & Waterways Alliance (18 member Council’s)

Blayney Councillor, Principal of Reynolds Communications Was a Rural ABC Reporter for 18 years. Member of NSW Farmers Association, Association Executive Council, Business Economics and Trade Committee, Horticultural Committee and Central West Business Enterprise Centre Board. Councillor on Upper Macquarie County Council.

Phillipa Walsh

Peter Watt Senior Agronomist - Elders Cowra

Community Solutions Director 25 years in conservation and strategic planning. Is a Conservation Coach across Australia and the Asia Pacific. Been involved in innovative projects and partnerships at a landscape scale across Australia and is a Board member of the Lake Cowal Foundation.

Andrew Cox CEO - Invasive Species Council Passionate about biosecurity and the importance of early action and the role of the community. Closely involved in the NRC reviews of weed management and pest animal management and NSW Biosecurity Act 2015.

Kristy Good Splash Program Coordinator - Liveable City Solutions Supports government to embed integrated water cycle management and climate change adaptation and resilience. Advocate of water sensitive cities and seeing NSW cities transition to be more liveable and resilient.

Steven Crimp Climate Application Scientist - Climate Change stitute Australian National University

Implemented award winning environmental projects including "Racing to Save the Mount Panorama Woodlands" and "Protecting and Connecting Bathurst Copper Butterfly Habitat" and current Jo Ross Memorial Award winner.


Examines opportunities for improved climate risk management in Australia and internationally. Coauthor of a number of agricultural climate change related publications.

Dr Guy Fitzhardinge Farmer, WWF Australia Director, Northern Australia Indigenous Land & Sea Management Alliance Director Beef enterprise owner, keenly interested in issues relating to the environment and its sustainable use and was a member of the Commonwealth Threatened Species Scientific Committee for 9 years. Founder of Karrkad Kanjdji Trust. Worked with the Kimberly, Central Australian and Northern Land Council’s.

Believes that farmers and supporting agencies have to be adaptable, flexible and responsive to change to truly explore opportunity.

Quentin Moxey Moxey Farms Owner of a Sustainable farm that relies on technology and innovation, by minimising waste and using water efficiently and use an onsite anaerobic bio-digester.

Samantha Bowker Director Central Coast Modern Hypnosis & Happy U HQ Hypnotherapist and Performance Coach who explores relationships between how we think and communicate and our patterns of behaviour. Sam aims to help people to become ’the best version of themselves’.

Dr Paul Gibson-Roy Lead Scientist Greening Australia Focus’ on the restoration of complex, biodiverse grasslands and grassy woodlands. Established the Grassy Groundcover Research Project and investigated native seed production and prairie restoration in the US on a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship

Carolynne James GATE Project Manager - Dept. Primary Industries Leads the new Global Ag-Tech Ecosystem (GATE) institute in Orange, an ag-tech research and innovation centre. Fellow of Governance Institute of Australia.

Melinda Hillery Senior Project Officer - Climate Change Adaptation Team - Office Environment & Heritage


Climate Smart Innovations (CSI) for the Central West


Morning Session - 18 April

Afternoon Session - 18 April

Registration - 8am

Peter Watt – 2.00pm

Enjoy fresh roasted coffee served by ‘SaGaWa Coffee’, Forbes NSW

’Reflections - 3 decades as an agronomist in Cowra diversity, flexibility and innovation and opportunities moving forward?’

Introduction - 8.30am Introduction from MC Bruce Reynolds, Mayoral Welcome & Welcome to Country

Phillipa Walsh – 9.00am ‘Adapting and Evolving – Sustaining Our Regional Communities through the Challenges of Climate Change’

Andrew Cox – 9.30am

Steven Crimp – 2.30pm ‘Recent changes and climate conditions to 2030 and adaptation pathways’

Dr Paul Gibson-Roy - 3.00pm ‘Bringing native biodiversity back into rural and urban landscapes’

Afternoon Tea & Trade Stalls – 3.30pm

‘Getting smarter at tackling invasive species in a changing climate’

Carolynne James - DPI – 4.00pm

Kristy Good – 10.00am

Mick Callan – 4.30pm

‘Living Waterways framework’

‘Local Environment Protection Projects’

Morning Tea & Trade Stalls – 10.30am

Samantha Bowker – 5.00pm

Melinda Hillery - OEH - 11.00am

‘We cannot control how we feel but we can change what we think. And that changes everything.’


Dr Guy Fitzhardinge, AM – 11.30am ‘Sustainable farming and the Environment’

Quentin Moxey - 12.00pm ‘Farming for the Future’

Panel & Discussion Time – 12.30pm

‘Fast tracking agricultural technology’

Panel & Discussion Time – 5.30pm Opportunities for delegates to ask questions to afternoon session speakers

Cr Bruce Reynolds - MC – 6.00pm ‘Wrap-up of Forum - Day 1’

Closing drinks – 6.15pm

Opportunities for delegates to ask questions to morning session speakers

At the end of the day, enjoy superb local wine with ‘Rosnay Organic Wine’ and ’Wallington Wines’ and local beer from ‘Pioneer Brewery’

Lunch & Trade Stalls – 1.00pm

Evening Meal – 7.00pm A banquet will be provided celebrating the regions local produce.

Workshops & Tours - 19 April Splash - Living Waterways Framework Workshop 9am to 4pm Facilitator: Kristy Good This workshop embodies the elements of liveability, resilience, sustainability and productivity. It provides participants with skills to identify good environmental outcomes through good design, Indentify best practice design options and promote collaborative thinking for design solutions for water sensitive urban design strategies. It gives local government planners incite on how the program can be incorporated into Development Control Plans.

Wine & Forage - 10am to 2pm Enjoy a scenic trip Coached around some of Cowra’s amazing wine region, stopping at 3 local wineries / producers and sampling their fine food and wine. Tours depart and return at the Cowra Visitor Information Centre. Lunch included. More information available soon.

Moxey Farms - 9.30am - 1pm Travel to Moxey Farms by Coach, only 30 mins out of town. Take a tour of their new bio-digester and sustainable farm.

Tickets: TYPE




After the 5th of March


Early Bird

Before the 5th of March


Alliance Member

Members of the Central West Environment & Waterways Alliance



Under 18


‘Splash’ Workshop

“Splash Workshop only ticket (19th of April)


All tours and workshops are included in the ticket price unless attending the ‘Splash’ Workshop only, then a separate ticket must be purchased, as detailed above.

Register online, at: #event|climate-smart-innovations-csi-forthe-central-west-conference|1755 And click on Or scan the QR Code below

Hosted By: Cowra Shire Council, and Need Accommodation, contact:

Cowra’s Natural Resource Management Advisory Committee

Cowra Visitor Information Centre Mid Western Highway Cowra NSW 2794 P | 02 6342 4333 E | W|

For more information please contact: Cowra Shire Council, 116 Kendal Street, Cowra NSW 2794 Phone: (02) 6340 2040 • Email: •

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