Hunter Estuary Forum Logo

Artist – Alison Ellis

Wednesday 31 August 2022

Hunter Wetlands Centre Shortland

Hosted by Hunter Wetlands Centre in partnership with the Australian Ramsar Administrative Authority, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Hunter Bird Observers Club and the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership.

Hunter Bird Observers Logo
NSW Parks

The Hunter Estuary supports many communities and a challenging range of land uses and livelihoods.

Join with agencies and stakeholders that manage, provide services, monitor and educate.

Hear keynote speakers with knowledge and experience that has relevance for the Hunter Estuary


Explore what the estuary needs to be a healthy functioning ecosystem for generations to come.

Share ideas for new social partnerships that might benefit the Hunter Estuary and its communities from source to sea.

Our Program

The forum program has been designed around these five questions developed with our speakers

How does Ramsar status
offer opportunities for the management of
the Hunter Estuary?


How do the values of and our connections to the Hunter River influence how we manage it?

Who are the estuary stakeholders and what are their priorities?

How can social partnerships play a role in managing complimentary lands with different tenures?

How can the best ideas from today’s conversation be captured and moved forward?

Our Speakers

Kathryn Eyles

Ramsar National
Focal Point, Australian Government Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

Mitchell Carter

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Area Manager-Lower Hunter Area

William Glamore

Principal Research Fellow, UNSW Water Research Laboratory, Interim CEO, Sydney Institute of Marine Science

Doug Watkins

CEO, East-Asian Australasian Flyway Partnership

Alison Russell-French OAM

Chair, Woodlands and Wetlands Trust ACT

Estuary stakeholders

A selection of locals involved in governance, knowledge, education and industry



Gates open for those who would like an early morning wetland wander

8:45am – 4pm

Forum Program

Education Building,
Hunter Wetlands Centre


Lunch break

4pm – 5:30pm

Forum close & wind-down with drinks and nibbles

Hunter Wetlands Visitors Centre

Our Keynote Speakers

Kathy Eyles

Dr Kathryn Eyles

Dr Kathy Eyles works in the Wetlands Section of the new DCCEEW, and is the National Focal Point for the Ramsar Convention in Australia. Kathy has had a varied career across the public and NGO sectors as an environmental planner, program manager, policy analyst and NRM Facilitator. After time out for study, Kathy returned to the Commonwealth Government in 2017 working in Natural and Indigenous Heritage and as the Knowledge Broker for the National Environmental Science program.

Outside of work, Kathy is a conservation volunteer with the Parkcare program in the ACT; a former convenor of the Friends of Mulligans Flat, and Co-convenor of Mt Taylor Parkcare Group; as well as a member of the management committees of the Southern ACT Catchment Group and Canberra Ornithologists Group and the Members Council of Landcare ACT.

Will Glamore

Dr William Glamore

Dr William Glamore is an Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Water Research Centre, UNSW.  Will leads the EcoEng Research Group which focuses on estuarine dynamics, coastal wetland restoration and climate change.  For over 25 years, Will has led the field of coastal wetland restoration and was a lead author on the Clean Energy Regulators’ Blue Carbon Method.  Will has extensively studied the Hunter River estuary, leading major modelling and water quality studies.  Will was a member of the inaugural NSW Coastal Council, a past member of the Marine Estate Expert Knowledge Panel, a Churchill Fellow, a Peter Cullen Fellow, and Chair of the Water Group for the PFAS Independent Panel for RAAF Williamtown.  He is currently the CEO and Director (interim) of the Sydney Institute of Marine Science.
Alison Russell-French

Alison Russell-French OAM

Alison was a career Public Servant in the Australian Public Service (APS) for 32 years.  She was a member of the Senior Executive Service of the Australian Public Service in the Department of Environment for 10 years. Her APS career spanned a wide range of policy development and program implementation, delivery and administration across environment and conservation, heritage, coastal, natural resources and fisheries management areas. These included representational responsibilities on behalf of the Australian government with the Commission on Sustainable Development, the Global Environment Facility, APEC, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, Wetlands International, and the East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership.

Alison has had a long association with several non-government organisations including positions as Chair/President of Wetlands International – Asia Pacific, Birds Australia and the Australasian Wader Studies Group.

Alison was appointed Chair/President of the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust (WWT) in Canberra in 2014 following a restructuring of the Board and the organisation. The Trust works in partnership with the ANU and the ACT Government in delivery of enhanced management of the Mulligans Flat and Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserves and is currently completing a Visitors Centre for Mulligans Flat in the suburb of Throsby.


COST: Free


Please do not attend if you have COVID-like symptoms. In the case of the centre being closed due to COVID restrictions, an email with a zoom link will be sent out prior to the forum.


Please email Christine Prietto at
or phone Peter Nelson on 0423 026 717

We acknowledge the Awabakal, Worimi and Mindaribba people as the Traditional Owners of the wetlands on which we work and live, and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and Community.
We also pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. 

1 Wetland Place, Shortland NSW