RiverForum: Rivers on Fire & Flood

Port Macquarie | 20-21 April 2021 | Hybrid


RiverForum: Rivers on Fire & Flood – The Journey to Resilience

Day 1:   20 April 2021 (Tuesday) 10am – 5pm followed by a networking function from 5pm.

Day 2:   21 April 2021 (Wednesday) 9am – 12pm.

Where: Charles Sturt University, Port Macquarie, NSW; or via Zoom

As Australia continues to recover and learn from the devastating nationwide bushfires of 2020, the Rivers on Fire event series is being run by the International RiverFoundation with the aim of understanding the impacts of, raising awareness to, and creating a call for action to address the effects of fire on waterways and surrounding communities. With so much happening in the world right now, Rivers on Fire will bring this critical topic back into focus.

We are all aware of the destructive floods that occurred throughout NSW and parts of Queensland in the last few weeks. The home of this RiverForum; Port Macquarie was one of the hardest hit regions. We have extended the theme of the forum from Rivers on Fire to Rivers on Fire & Flood. Many of our presenters will now extend their work to show delegates not only the impacts of fires on rivers but also floods.

A percentage of all registrations will go to the ongoing flood and fire recovery efforts in the Port Macquarie region.

Our speakers include Dr Rebecca Flitcroft from the United States Forest Service at the Pacific Northwest Research Station and Prof Stuart Khan from the University of New South Wales as two of our keynotes.  Rebecca will be sharing her experiences around the California wildfires, while Stuart’s has been leading to raise awareness around the impacts of the Australian bushfires on our drinking water supplies.  In addition, we have a wide range of speakers who will discuss topics such as indigenous knowledge, modelling, sanitation and health, water quality and the impacts on aquatic life.

Ticket prices:

  • Face to face: $189 inclusive of GST
  • Online only: $99 inclusive of GST

Travel and accommodation:

Port Macquarie is easily accessible by road or air. Flights are available with Qantaslink, Jetstar and Virgin from all capital cities.
There are many accommodation options to choose from. Some of our recommendations are; Rydges Hotel, Sails by Rydges, Mantra Quayside and Ibis Sytles. All of these properties have availability during the event.