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SOLD OUT: UPLIFT: CCWA's 2023 Annual State Conference

Artwork reproduced with permission of Roger Boona. Roger is a Wunambal artist living in Kalumburu - the most northern settlement in Western Australia.

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 13 and Thursday 14 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. 

Meet our keynote speakers

Tyronne Garstone is a Bardi man and CEO of the Kimberley Land Council (KLC). He has spent the majority of his working life in the Indigenous sector and is committed to providing leadership and opportunities for the next generation of Aboriginal people in the Kimberley – and beyond.

He is a forthright advocate for the rights of Indigenous people and their advancement, both locally and at a national and international level. In 2019, Tyronne was part of a delegation of National Native Title Council representatives who travelled to New York to attend the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

He is committed to fostering genuine relationships and partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people through mutual understanding, knowledge sharing and respect for one another.


Chontarle Bellottie is a Wardandi Bibbulmun woman and WA Aboriginal Partnership Manager at Bush Heritage Australia. She has extensive experience in working in conservation, alongside Traditional Owner groups – deepening working relationships to achieve the vision of a healthy Country.

With more than 20 years experience in natural and cultural resource management, heritage and tourism and environmental sciences, Chontarle is also a director at the Karri Karrak Aboriginal Corporation and one of two WA representatives on the Commonwealth Committee on Aboriginal Water Interests and the state’s Aboriginal Water and Environment Advisory Committee.


Tim Jarvis AM is an environmental scientist, author, adventurer and public speaker committed to finding pragmatic solutions to major environmental issues related to climate change and biodiversity loss. Having worked in sustainability for 30 years, he currently provides strategic and practical sustainability advice to a range of corporate organisations.
Known for his historically authentic recreations of the Antarctic survival journeys of Sir Douglas Mawson and Sir Ernest Shackleton, Tim is founder and leader of The Forktree Project, a native revegetation project on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula, Global Ambassador and Governor of environmental NGO WWF and a Vice President of Fauna & Flora International.

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. 



September 13, 2023 at 7:45am - September 14, 2023
University Club of Western Australia
Hackett Entrance #1 Hackett Drive
Crawley, WA 6009
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Sara Boranga · · (08) 6558 5155