11th September, 2019
Conference Session 8.15AM – 6.00PM
Dinner Session 7.00PM – 10.00PM
Optus Stadium, 333 Victoria Park Drive, Burswood – River View Room
This conference will bring together farmers and key industry stakeholders to facilitate informed discussion and initiate the development of a plan that supports the adoption of leading sustainability practices, like regenerative agriculture in Western Australia.
It is your chance to meet innovative farmers, hear from key industry stakeholders and participate in developing a strategic plan for investing in our food future.
Honourable Alannah MacTiernan MLC
Minister for Agriculture and Food; Regional Development
Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade
Dr Richard George
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
Principal Research Scientist
Leads Land and Water science
Charles Massy, BSc PhD OAM
Charles Massy’s 2017 book Call of the Reed Warbler: A New Agriculture – A New Earth (UQP Sept. 2017) concerns the emergence of a regenerative agriculture in Australia and its positive implications for both addressing humanity’s emerging Anthropocene crisis and also for human health (physical and mental).
Charles Massy gained a BSc (Zoology, Human Ecology) at ANU (1976), before going farming and developing a prominent Merino sheep stud business. His concern about land degradation and humanity’s sustainability challenge led to him completing a PhD in Human Ecology (ANU) in 2012.
Resource Consulting Services (RCS)
Terry co-founded RCS 35 years ago which has set the benchmark for capacity building in rural and regional Australia. He is responsible for the introduction of holistic thinking and managing to Australia in 1989. The RCS flagship, Grazing for Profit, has over 7,000 graduates and has changed grazing, livestock and business management nationally. Terry has been a leader in rural extension methods, soil carbon research and measurement and was awarded the degree of Honorary Doctor of Agribusiness by CQU in 2015 in recognition of a 50 year career in research, extension and property management.
Sue Ogilvy, BSc MMktg PhD
Director, Ogilvy O’Brien Enterprises
She has participated in and led environmental-economic projects including
the experimental environmental-economic accounts for the Great Barrier Reef with the ABS and a design for ecosystem accounts for the Indigenous Land Corporation. Her most recently completed project investigated links between farm profitability and biodiversity.
The Mulloon Institute
Peter Hazell is Project Coordinator at the highly regarded research, education and advocacy organisation, The Mulloon Institute. He manages a catchment-scale landscape rehydration project on the southern tablelands of NSW. Peter is an expert in landscape hydration with 15 years of experience in the public and private sector. He has experience as a remote sensing specialist, a water scientist, and as an Australian Government NRM Facilitator. Based in the Mongarlowe watershed in NSW, Peter put his regenerative agriculture expertise into action through rehabilitating his 374ha farm with his family.
Oral McGuire, Principle Consultant of Gundi Consulting, is a Whadjuk/Ballardong man. He brings knowledge of the land and forest, which has been shared through Noongar stories, song lines and beliefs of the flora and fauna as well as the significant places and sites that are hubs for Noongar cultural heritage.
Oral is a prominent Noongar community leader, landholder and long-term champion of Aboriginal advancement with extensive experience in traditional land and fire management practices. He has extensive knowledge and experience in government, private enterprise and the not-for-profit sector and a proven track record in bridging the divide between ‘mainstream’ and Aboriginal communities.
CEO, Wheatbelt NRM
Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management Incorporated (Wheatbelt NRM) is an independent community-based organisation involved with natural resource management (NRM) endeavours within the Avon River Basin. The organisation operates from its Northam office, Western Australia, and exists as the second largest of the six NRM regional organisations in the state, with responsibility for the 12,000,000 hectares of the Avon River basin.
Farmland Portfolio Manager, Wide Open Agriculture
Lachy has spent the better part of a decade dedicated to using business as a force for good, having cofounded four purpose driven enterprises since 2010. Lachy has worked in a variety of agricultural project based roles ranging from establishment of a biointensive market garden, to large scale conservation investment projects.
Lachy’s latest start-up Agtalent is an online marketplace for sustainable and regenerative agriculture jobs and training. Agtalent aims to support the global transition to regenerative agriculture farming as the norm.
Lachy’s main role is working as the farmland portfolio manager for regenerative food and agriculture company Wide Open Agriculture. In this role he is currently focused on developing farmland investment opportunities that combine an environmental, social and financial return for investors, with regenerative agriculture practices at its core.
ABC Radio, Executive Producer Rural WA
Richard joined ABC’s Rural team in WA in 2000. He started in Perth, worked briefly in Geraldton and then had a six month stint in Victoria’s Goulburn/Murray region.
He then spent almost eight years in Cairns doing the North Queensland Rural Report, but returned to Perth where in 2007 Richard was appointed Executive Producer of Rural WA.
Richard has been following the regenerative agriculture story for years, and is keen to identify what the next step is for the industry.
9 August, 2019: Please note that the schedule is still being finalised and may be subject to change.
Introduction and Welcome To Country
The Honourable Alannah MacTiernan MLC
Land and Water Condition for agriculture: constraints and opportunities
Dr Richard George, DPIRD
What is Regenerative Agriculture, and why do we need it?
Dr Charles Massy
Change management through training
Terry McCosker, RCS
Successful landscape restoration
Peter Hazell, The Mulloon Institute
The societal impact of farmers needing to constantly adapt to a changing landscape
Petra Tschakert, UWA
Sustainability trends in agriculture
Regenerative Agriculture with leading innovators in the West Australian farming landscape
Dianne Haggerty and Stuart McAlpine
Investing in sustainable farming systems from the perspective of a leading Aboriginal grower group
Oral McGuire, Noongar Land Enterprise Group
Positioning sentiment for major investment into sustainable agriculture
Natarsha Woods, Wheatbelt NRM
Interactive Workshops – Developing the Business Case
Challenges and Opportunities
Setting the investment agenda
Lachy Ritchie (Facilitator)
The science of soil carbon sequestration
Walter Jehne with Richard Hudson (ABC Rural)
Workshop review and next steps
Conference close – Networking Sundowner (ends 6.15PM)
6.30 – 10.00PM
Join us after the sundowner for a panel discussion with the day’s speakers, hosted by ABC Radio‘s Richard Hudson (Executive Producer, Country Hour).
Dinner will be a three-course table service meal, and RegenWA is working with Optus Stadium to complement their existing West Australian produce with ingredients sourced from producing farms using regenerative agriculture principles.
The Regenerative Agriculture Conference is presented by:
RegenWA is a network of committed West Australian farmers and industry stakeholders who aim to support farmers in transitioning to leading sustainability practices.
Perth NRM is a for-purpose organisation that collaborates with communities, corporates and all tiers of government to achieve on-ground actions that protect, preserve and enhance our natural resources.