One area where there has been a huge amount of collaboration is the upcoming 8th Biennial K’gari (Fraser Island) Conference. The conferences, which were initiated by FIDO in 2004, are unique in the World Heritage space, and have been an excellent tool for stakeholders and researchers to share knowledge and information about K’gari.
Hosted by University of the Sunshine Coast at its Fraser Coast Campus (161-179 Old Maryborough Road) on Saturday 31 August, this year’s event is themed Community, Culture and Collaborations. The event is itself a collaboration between the Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation and the Fraser Island Defenders Organisation.
The Conference will feature leading social psychologist and advocate for wilderness experiences, Steve Biddulph, author of Ten Things Girls Need Most, Raising Girls, Raising Boys, Complete Secrets of Happy Children, and The New Manhood will address the delegates with his speech entitled: Growing Up And The Wild.
The conference and cultural festival will run from 9.00 am to 5:00 pm with plenary sessions during the day. It allows out of town guests to enjoy a whale-watching trip before heading home on Sunday.
Bookings can be made via EventBite with costs on $106.59 (including fees and GST) for general participants and $64.39 for concessions – pensioners, students, BAC and FINIA members. The organisers have even organised a special rate for accommodation in Hervey Bay at the Best Western Ambassador Motor Lodge, 296 Esplanade, Pialba, QLD 4655. Just mention or use the promotional code: fido.