I recently attended the Australian Freshwater Sciences Society conference in Glenelg, Adelaide. It was a great meeting which brought together freshwater researchers, Traditional Owners, water managers, policy makers and people who are generally pretty passionate about protecting our freshwater environments and the organisms that depend on them.
The conference provided a respectful forum for the demonstration of two-way learning, the sharing of traditional and scientific information, and for productive discussion between government, scientists and managers.
I presented a digital poster on the work we've been doing at Edgbaston to conserve the Red-finned Blue-eye.
People were really enthusiastic about seeing the landscape of our Edgbaston Reserve and particularly impressed with our effort and work towards saving one of Australia’s most endangered freshwater fish.
I was really happy to win the People’s Choice for best digital poster, and to get an honourable mention in the Conservation Prize.
I came away from the conference with a greater awareness of the sizeable challenges we face in preserving the values of our freshwater systems, and great respect for the work people are doing around the country (and the world) to maintain the health of these precious environments.
I headed home from the beach and back to the dry plains of central Queensland with a new network of people to learn from and collaborate with, and buoyed by people's enthusiasm for the work we're doing at Edgbaston.
Funding for this project has been provided by the Queensland Government Nature Assist Program, Everyone's Environment Grant and the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund.