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UPLIFT: CCWA's 2023 Annual State Conference

The Conservation Council of WA is proud to host our Annual Conference for 2023 - UPLIFT: Supporting the work of youth & Aboriginal people in the conservation sector.

Join us on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th of September at the University Club of Western Australia overlooking the beautiful Derbarl Yerrigan (Swan River). Building on our sold-out Conference last year, Stronger Together: Collaboration for Conservation and Climate, we look forward to facilitating meaningful conversations and providing you access to quality keynotes, interesting case studies, purpose-driven workshops and inspirational success stories.

The aim of the conference is to significantly increase the capacity and effectiveness of WA’s community conservation sector to achieve enduring goals and outcomes for the environment, including initiating, supporting, and sustaining proactive partnerships with young people and Traditional Owners - plus learning about the deep interconnectedness and reciprocity between Aboriginal people and Country. 


On the road to 2030, it’s critical for WA’s conservation sector to listen. Aboriginal communities have cared for Country for generations – and young people across WA are the next generation of climate and conservation leaders. At UPLIFT we will listen to how the sector can support and uplift the work of young conservationists and Traditional Owners.



We learn from our success stories and our setbacks. At UPLIFT, we will hear about projects across WA that have achieved meaningful conservation outcomes – and we will also learn from those that did not. We will also learn about some of the key issues facing WA at this time – and how our sector is best-placed to manage them.



At UPLIFT we will be inspired and transformed by stories of advocacy and action. We will take this opportunity to connect and expand on conservation partnerships. We will spend time resolving how we can incorporate our listening and learning into the future of our work. 


This year’s Conference has been designed to maximise the opportunities for attendees to create new connections and build on existing ones in engaging ways.

Alongside presentations, facilitated workshops, and a Member Group Expo there will be a variety of networking opportunities, as well as our annual sundowner. 

Your conference ticket includes access to the full conference and exhibition, catering, entertainment and sundowner, and emissions offsets. A full program will be distributed in August.


Wednesday 13 September

  • Registration: 8:00am
  • Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country: 8:30am
  • Conference: 9am – 5pm
  • Sundowner: 5pm – 6pm


Thursday 14 September

  • Registration: 8:00am
  • Conference: 8:30am – 5pm



September 13, 2023 at 8:00am - September 15, 2023
University Club of Western Australia
35 Stirling Hwy
Crawley, WA 6009
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Sara Boranga · · (08) 6558 5155

$180.00 Standard
2-Day Conference | Sundowner
$120.00 Concession
Designed for students and pension cardholders | 2-Day Conference | Sundowner
$50.00 Solidarity Ticket
A solidarity ticket is donated to help those lacking in financial means attend.