WA Museum Events

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In 2022 the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) partnered with the Western Australian Museum to sponsor events across the State to engage the general public with issues surrounding climate resilience in WA agriculture. 

The program of public events:
•    drew attention to biodiversity and future farming systems,
•    contributed to the discussion of WA's natural history, and
•    stimulated interest about the impact and future management of Western Australian agriculture.

Charles Massy Conference Tour

Saturday 20 August – Wednesday 24 August 2022

Renowned author and regenerative farmer, Charles Massy travelled to Geraldton, Perth, Dowerin and Albany to engage with local growers, agricultural students and the general public to discuss his research and experiences working as a farmer and academic.

Massy is the author of several books on the Australian sheep industry, the most recent being the widely acclaimed Breaking the Sheep’s Back (UQP, 2011) and the acclaimed Call of the Reed Warbler.  Using his personal farming experience as a touchstone, he tells the story behind industrial agriculture and the corporations driving it. He shows how innovative farmers are finding a new way, regenerating their land and witnessing astounding transformations. 

The tour was a partnership between the Western Australian Museum, DPIRD,  RegenWA, Wide Open Agriculture and the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council WA (NACC).  

Saturday 20 August,
Biological Farming Systems Field Day with Dr Charles Massy

Saturday 20 August, 5.00pm-7.00pm. 
Regenerative Agriculture Evening with Dr Charles Massy Museum of the Great Southern, Albany

Sunday 21 August, 10.30am - 12.30am.  
Dr Charles Massy Networking LunchThe Kodja Place & Kojonup Visitor Centre, Kojonup.

Monday 22 August, 2.00pm - 5.00pm. 
Changing practices in a changing environment - with Charles MassyGeraldton Multipurpose Centre, Geraldton.

Tuesday 23 August, 6.30pm-9.00pm. 
Q&A Charles Massy in ConversationWA Museum Boola Bardip Perth.

Wednesday 24 August,  
Charles Massy at Dowerin Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days Outside the DPIRD Shed.  

Biggest Science Lab Ever

Boola Bardip WA Museum
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 August.

National Science Week 2022

Dig beneath the surface and discover the fascinating world of soils, carbon and farming; the career opportunities in scientific and applied research, agriculture and the diversity of activities at Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD).  

A weekend at WAM during National Science Week will open your eyes and get your hands dirty. From the potential of robotics, to the microsocopic activity in a handful of soil – identifying pests that endanger our food supply to those that help our plants grow! 

The biggest science lab is Western Australia! With agricultural research stations scattered across Western Australia, farmers do research on their farms and we do research on them too.  Combined we are investigating the elaborate and amazing activity of earth and the ocean, animals and seeds and farming well for a climate resilient future. Come to Boola Bardip and dig deeper with DPIRD.

Whether you're a science noob or nerd, we've got something for everyone!  Make sure you don't miss anything on this bonanza weekend by following the science trail to all activity spaces. 

Look out for maker spaces, drop-in zones, pop up presentations and lectures from experts in their field ......and much, much more. 

Lock in 13 and 14 August in your calendar now and get on board with National Science week, Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology!

Growing Climate Resilience
Museum of Geraldton
Wednesday 11 May 2022: 4:00pm-6:30pm

Four experts talked about climate resilience, sustainable food systems, and regenerative agriculture in the Mid West.
Geraldton locals learned about the farming origins of local produce and how to make more sustainable choices on the farm, the garden and the kitchen; marine adaptation, and the history of climate resilience from a government research and policy perspective. 

Amanda Rowland
Geraldton local writer/podcaster Amanda is an advocate for the interconnectedness of ecological and human health. Her work explores topics from holistic land management to sustainable food choices, and having recently completed a Holistic Management course, she continues to work with a loose group of like-minded urban and land-based regenerative thinkers.

Dr. Lisa Kirkendale
Head of Aquatic Zoology and Curator of Molluscs at WA Museum is passionate about the evolution, biogeography, phylogenetics and diversity of molluscs. She continues to be both excited and frightened by the scale of WA, a theatre albeit that well utilizes her experience in both temperate and tropical systems. She is fortunate to work closely with an amazing team of passionate scientists in the Aquatic Zoology department to better understand the diversity of species in this state.

Nancye Gannaway
DPIRD Climate Resilience Future Farming Systems Development Officer with various expertise in landcare, catchment planning, sustainable agricultural industry development, land use planning for agriculture, business management training for climate resilience and social support programs for rural people, communities and industries. 

Rod O'Bree
Landscape rehydration specialist based on Yanget Farm in the Chapman Valley. In addition to working with NACC as part of the Chapman River Catchment Program, he runs Western Independent Foods and is a successful local butcher for produce grown locally through regenerative processes.

130 years of seeking climate resilience
Museum of the Great Southern 
Tuesday 24th May, 2022: 10:30am- 11:30am

Light refreshments served
For bookings phone: 08 98414844

A talk by DPIRD’s Nancye Gannaway that reviews land management, farming and government interventions over the years under the lens of climate change and climate resilience.