24 June 2011

ANPC: Call for articles for Australasian Plant Conservation Vol. 20 (2)

We are seeking articles for the September-November 2011 issue of Australasian Plant Conservation (APC), the bulletin of the Australian Network for Plant Conservation (ANPC).

The issue will be on the theme ‘Conservation and restoration of coastal and estuarine ecosystems’.

Most of Australia’s population lives on or near the coast, and numerous community groups are involved in plant conservation activities there. Rapid urbanisation, catchment degradation and the emerging threat of climate change have led to concern about coastal ecosystem conservation. If you or your group has been doing plant conservation or vegetation restoration work in coastal or estuarine ecosystems, we encourage you to write an article about it.

· What are your visions and goals?
· What were your challenges?
· What have been your successes?
· What has worked really well, and what wouldn’t you repeat again?
· How have you planned for climate change?

Tell us your story to help others learn or get ideas or inspiration from what you have done.

General articles not on the theme are also welcome.

We also welcome:
· book reviews
· titles of interesting recent publications or resources, and where they can be found
· conference, workshop, course and fieldwork announcements
· details of relevant publications, information resources and websites.

Deadline for submissions for the September - November 2011 issue is Friday 12 August 2011.

If you are intending to submit an article or wish to discuss possibilities, please contact the Editor, Selga Harrington, by 22 July. Your final article must be submitted to Selga by email at selga.harrington@gmail.com. Guidelines for authors about the APC style and scope are located on the ANPC website

23 June 2011

ANPC: Myrtle Rust Workshops

Myrtle Rust – a new threat to Australia’s biodiversity

A one-day course on Myrtle Rust recognition, reporting, risk assessment, and management concepts and techniques.

Numbers at each location will be capped – early registration is advised. Full venue details will be sent individually to all registrants.
9.30am – 5.00pm
28 June 2011

9.30am – 5.00pm
30 June 2011

These one-day events will present a comprehensive summary of what is known of this new threat to Australia’s biodiversity, the knowledge gaps, and management options. The emphasis will be on wild-plant conservation, but there will also be information relevant for people from the horticulture, forestry, and bush-products sectors who wish to know more about Myrtle Rust, how to monitor for it, and where to find information on the control measures available for horticultural sites and suppliers. The day will also include workshop sessions to assist you to think about regional priorities, and options for changes to work practices for your sector.

This course will provide essential information on the disease, and help you to:
- identify regional species and ecological communities at risk
- decide what to monitor before and after disease arrival
- assess the risks and consequences of spreading the disease, and how to avoid doing so.

Costs (GST-inclusive) – except for OEH pre-paid staff see details on ANPC website.
$140.00 for individual and community-group attendees
$165.00 for government, semi-government and commercial organisations
Workshop fees cover: trainer experienced in Myrtle Rust, a detailed workbook, venue costs, morning and afternoon tea, lunch.

To register, download the registration form. Please return forms to the address on the form and not to ANPC.

ANPC: Business Manager position vacant

ANPC Business Manager

Applications are invited for the position of Business Manager for the ANPC.

This part time position is one of two located in the ANPC National Office situated in the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Acton, ACT. The position is available initially for one year with a possible extension of a further year. Hours offered are 22.5 hours a week over three or four days.

Employment will be under the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 at the Social and Community Services Employee Level 5.

The duties include:
- assisting with seeking funding through grants, sponsorship and donations;
- development (assisting the ANPC Officers) of business models for projected events;
- assistance in the codification of procedures and policy;
- liaison with a wide range of organisations, clients and Committee members;
- financial management and reporting;
- keeping good records of the organisation and its membership; and
- assisting with recruitment, training and supervision of office volunteers.

Click here to download and print the position description which includes selection criteria.

Your application should address the selection criteria and be sent to anpc@anpc.asn.au no later than 5:00pm on Friday 8 July 2011. You can post an application to: ANPC, GPO Box 1777, Canberra ACT 2601

For more information contact the ANPC office on 02 6250 9509.