Launch of Sydney Region Branch

Connect with NPA members and friends in a stimulating evening of conservation talks that celebrate our natural world and inspire new ways to experience our country. The newly formed Sydney Region Branch Committee of NPA has invited a panel of experts to share their understanding and experience of our oceans, mountains and Sydney national parks.

We would be delighted to have you joins us for these talks and follow on drinks, nibbles and discussion. Bring along your friends, connect with old friends and make new friends as we learn from the experts and each other.

Event Details


When: Wednesday 4/9/2019, 6:00 – 8:00 pm (Please arrive at 5.45 for a 6pm start)

Where: Dougherty Community Centre – Function Room, 7 Victor St, Chatswood,

Nibbles and non-alchoholic drinks will be served during a break around 7pm. 

The Speakers

Kosciuszko National Park, Richard Swain, Indigenous guide and Reclaim Kosci campaign coordinator. 

Having spent his life in the Snowy Mountains Richard has seen first-hand the huge impact feral animals are having on the park and the threatened species that rely on Kosciuszko for survival. He is passionate about educating the public on the true history of landscape changes and degradation over the past 230 years.

Marine Conservation, Sanctuaries and Sydney, David Booth, Professor of Marine Ecology, UTS.

David has published over 120 papers in reef-fish ecology, climate change and other anthropogenic impacts on fishes and fisheries. He researches fishes in estuaries around Sydney, the ecology and behaviour of threatened fishes such as seadragons, black cod and white sharks and the ecology of the deep sea. He is also a strong advocate of sustainable fisheries and marine parks.

The future of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Gary Dunnett, NPA Executive officer.

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has called for input to the development of a new Plan of Management for Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. As an ex-Sydney Region NPWS manager for NPWS, Gary will discuss why the park is special and how we can have a say about future management of the park.

Sydney Region Bushwalking Program, Matt McClelland, Bushwalking Manager

It was Jacques Cousteau who said “People protect what they love”, this is why the NPA runs a  bushwalking program to help people spend time in and fall in love with nature. Sydney Branch has an incredible opportunity to reach 5m people, helping them better appreciate the value of native landscapes across the whole state. If you draw a circle around Sydney, you will find that half of it bushland, let start by helping the people of Sydney enjoy the greener half of this amazing city.


Who is this event for?

This event is for NPA members who live in the Sydney Region. This area includes the Blue Mountains, the Hawkesbury area, and areas of Greater Sydney that aren’t in Southern Sydney Branch and Macarthur Branch. 

But all are welcome!

If you’re an interested NPA member from outside of this area, or a non-member, please come along and find out what exciting things the Sydney Region branch has planned.

Priority for the Sydney Branch launch will be given first to NPA members. Any guests (non-members) that are interested, please RSVP and you will be put on a waitlist. If there are still spots available, these will be released to the non-member waitlist 3 days before the launch. 

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

We recommend using public transport, as the Dougherty Centre is located within a 5-minute walk from the Chatswood Interchange (Trains and buses) via Chatswood Mall turning right in to Victor St. 

If you’re arriving via car, parking at the centre is limited. We suggest parking at Chatswood Westfield Parking across the road (0 – 3 hrs is FREE, 3 – 3.5 hrs is $7)

Plan your trip here

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, we will mark your name off a list.

Will you cater for vegetarians, vegans or other dietary needs?

Yes, if you have specific dietary needs please list them when purchasing a ticket.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with Steph Clark (NPA’s Sydney Office) on 9299 0000  

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