6.40PM DAVID EDWARDS
Projects Chief Executive, Tourism Development Projects Division
Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games
David's professional background is in economics, infrastructure, project management and public policy. He has had a distinguished and successful career at senior levels of the State's public and private sectors. David is currently the Projects Chief Executive of the Tourism Development Projects Division at the Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games, with responsibility for the Queensland Ecotourism Trails program, which delivers adventure and nature-based tourism experiences at iconic Queensland destinations in collaboration with Traditional Owners and regional communities. The program aims to showcase our natural assets, cultural heritage and enhance connection to country, for now and for future generations.
David also has responsibility for delivery of Queen's Wharf Brisbane, the largest private property development in the nation and the procurement process for the Tropical North Global Tourism Hub in Cairns.
6.55PM TONY O’BRIEN
President of the National Parks Association-
Owner - Yuragir Walking Experience
Tony has been engaged in the conservation movement for 45 years including 5 years as President of NPAQ. Tony commenced Yuraygir Walking Experiences www.yuraygirwalkinexperiences.com.auin 2014 when the Yuraygir Coastal Walk was officially opened. His business exclusively employs local people and engages local indigenous leaders.Sentis www.sentis.com.auis Tony’s primary work as the owner of an international psychology consultancy focused on safety culture in high risk industries.
7.10PM EMER PROF RALF BUCKLEY
International Chair in Ecotourism Research, Griffith University
Private tourism structures in public protected areas: worldwide lessons.
Ralf Buckley holds the International Chair in Ecotourism Research (Emeritus) at Griffith University. He is an editor of the current IUCN best-practice guide to tourism in parks. He has been a member or chair of national and international advisory councils, and a witness at parliamentary inquiries, on parks, ecotourism, and World Heritage. He has been a judge and auditor in tourism awards run by the World Travel and Tourism Council, Condé Nast, and National Geographic. He has published 12 international books and >300 refereed journal articles in ecotourism and environment, with ~14,000 citations, and H index 60. His current research, co-funded by QPWS and Parks Victoria, is on the economic value of national parks via contributions to human mental health.
7.25PM ADRIAN CANERIS
Principal Ecologist, Bamm (Biodiversity Assessment & Management)
Adrian has extensive experience and expertise in ecological consultancy and specifically vertebrate fauna assessment, assessment of terrestrial habitats, ecological monitoring, wildlife management, biodiversity planning, feral species management and community liaison and facilitation. He has been involved in research, management, consulting, tertiary teaching and community-based studies of terrestrial ecology, particularly vertebrate fauna for over 30 years. His expertise is regularly sought for matters before the Queensland Planning and Environment or land courts.
Adrian enjoys making wildlife ‘understood’ by everyone.
7.40PM Q&A PANEL DISCUSSION.