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Rainforest Connections 2024 – Program Released!

Rainforest Connections 2024 – Program Released!

Rainforest Connections 2024 will be the first dedicated rainforest conservation conference in over two decades! It will be held in beautiful Ballina NSW from 4-7 June 2024.

Rainforests are some of Australia’s most special places so this is an exciting opportunity to bring together many of the people working with communities to restore these precious ecosystems. Head to Rainforest Connections and hear inspirational stories of decades-long transformations and real world examples of how grassroots movements bring people together, whether Landcarers, individuals or small community groups.

Attendance is encouraged for professionals and students that want to be at the forefront of rainforest conservation management and innovation. The conference will provide a vital platform to build relationships, form collaborations and most importantly lead to constructive, innovative and effective multi-disciplinary environmental outcomes in our unique rainforest environments.

The diverse range of presentations will feature case studies of on-ground action, species recovery programs, and cutting-edge environmental research as well as specific tools, techniques, challenges and strategies for managing rainforest habitats. The important connection between nature and culture will be highlighted and include presentations supporting this connection.

The program for the conference has now been released, and speakers have been announced, so head over to for more info or to register.


QTPN Update

QTPN Update

QTPN Project Manager Paul Donatiu has provided his first monthly update on how the network is progressing. A summary of the update is:

DESI Threatened Species Operations are currently working with the Stanthorpe Rare Wildflower Consortium to draft Recovery Action Plans (RAP) for Eucalyptus dalveenica and Grevillea scortechinii subsp. scortechinii, two critically endangered species. A multi species RAP which includes 12 plant species for Blacktown Tableland and adjacent state forests has been initiated.

Paul visited Trees for Evelyn and Atherton Tablelands (TREAT) and the QPWS Nursery at Lake Eacham in North Queensland. You can find out more about TREAT at:

In exciting news, we have also welcomed our first 10 member organisations to the network! We would like to thank them for their support.

To learn more about the QTPN, visit:
For information on joining the QTPN or other enquires, Paul can be contacted at:

APCC14 – Early bird registrations and call for abstracts open

APCC14 – Early bird registrations and call for abstracts open

Early bird conference registration and abstract submission for APCC14 are now available here.

Get in before July 26 to take advantage of our early bird pricing!

The conference will be held in Toowoomba, Queensland, from 13-17 October 2024 at the Oaks Toowoomba Hotel. Receive a 12% discount to stay at the Oaks! Just book via the Hotel’s website and enter the promo code OUREVENT.

Partner with us to make the conference even better! You can view our Partnership Prospectus here (pdf link). At the moment we are particularly looking for Bursary funding to support students and Traditional Owners to attend. The conference also provides an excellent opportunity to promote the profile of your organisation, including your involvement in plant conservation, to attendees from across Australia.

For more information about the conference, visit

QTPN Update

Introducing the Queensland Threatened Plant Network (QTPN)

Almost 800 native plant species are listed as threatened under Queensland legislation; of these, more than 70 per cent are endemic to the state.  Many of these face complex threats such as climate change, habitat loss and altered fire regimes. Some have been the subject of innovative and cross-disciplinary research and on-ground recovery, with this work being led by community-based environmental groups, First Nations people, Herbaria, State Government and QPWS Rangers managing the conservation estate.

To build upon these efforts, we would like to warmly announce the establishment of the Queensland Threatened Plant Network (QTPN) – a collaborative project brought about by the Queensland Government’s Threatened Species Program (TSP) and the Australian Network for Plant Conservation (ANPC).  Through its vision of Queenslanders supporting threatened species to prosper in self-sustaining populations, now and into the future, the TSP has a strong focus on enabling and facilitating all Queenslanders to participate in threatened species recovery, a vison that ANPC shares. Essentially, QTPN aims to provide support to groups contributing to threatened plant recovery across the State, and to facilitate the formation of partnerships among those conserving our native flora.

Androcalva (Commersonia) inglewoodensis – Critically Endangered, Credit: Jason Halford

For those based in Queensland, this is an exciting opportunity for you and your organisation to become involved in a network working to achieve shared goals and outcomes through a collective, informed, and collaborative approach to advance threatened plant recovery in Queensland.

More information about the QTPN, including the benefits of membership, can be found at our new QTPN website.

Sarcochilus fitzgeraldii – Vulnerable, Credit: Paul Donatiu