Upcoming Events

We invite you to support the events listed below – both from HOPE and its environment colleagues.

Birds in Backyards Spring Survey | September to October

BirdLife Australia

Throughout September and October
In your own backyard!

Emerge from the chilly winter months, spruce up your feathers and head out into that glorious spring sun to take part in our Birds in Backyards Spring Survey 2019. Once you have registered your free Birdata account, read the instructions or watch the video. Download the Birdata app and take your smartphone or tablet outside with you and just record all the birds you seen in your space in 20 mins.

This season you could also win a great prize pack. The more surveys you submit - the more likely you will win! Spread your love of birds and get others involved too. Read here for more information.

Don't forget in October the annual Aussie Backyard Bird Count will be back too, register your interest today and take part in both!

Hosted by BirdLife Australia

Post-2020 workshops - Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane | 24 to 30 September

Department of the Environment and Energy

See below for various dates in different locations
Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane


Date: Tuesday 24 September
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Pan Pacific, 207 Adelaide Terrace, Perth, WA 6000


Date: Wednesday 25 September
Time: 10.00am– 4.00pm
Treetops, at the Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson St, Carlton VIC 3053


Date: Monday 30 September
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Mercure Hotel, King George Square -corner of Ann and Roma Streets, Brisbane Queensland 4000

If you are unavailable to attend the consultation workshops, you can stay in touch with all the latest developments on the post-2020 agenda by monitoring the Convention’s post-2020 Framework page.

We ask that you register early using the RSVP form. Please send your response to CBDPost2020AUS@environment.gov.au. Please nominate your preferred city, and how many people from your organisation will attend. RSVPs close on 13 September.

Hosted by The Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy

Seeds for the Future: a one day Forum | 8 October 2019

Australian Network for Plant Conservation (ANPC) | Australian Association of Bush Regenerators (AABR)

Tuesday, 8 October 2019
Teachers Federation Conference Centre, Sydney

Where will the seeds for the future come from?

Planners, managers, practitioners, seed collectors and nursery operators are familiar with the need to collect seed from widely spaced parents to optimise genetic integrity in replanted areas – but do we have a similar problem of inbreeding with small remnants subjected to bush regeneration alone?

Given development pressures and declining space for connectivity, there is an increasing need for restorationists, plant producers and landscape architects to collaborate on ensuring natives of the correct provenance and genetics are conserved as well as planted within urban spaces.

Planning for the Seeds for the Future, a one-day forum is underway to address these issues. This forum brings together people from the bush regeneration, revegetation, nursery and landscape architecture and planning sectors to set the scene for future collaborations and introduces the innovative project ‘Healthy Seeds’ that is poised to offer practical solutions for all.

The day will be structured around nine morning presentations to provide the background and context and an afternoon panel discussion on the implications for practitioners and need for leadership strategies which span agency boundaries.

Visit the website here for more details.

Hosted by the Australian Network for Plant Conservation (ANPC) and the Australian Association of Bush Regenerators (AABR) with assistance of the NSW Government.

State Volunteering Conference | 10-11 October 2019

Volunteering Queensland

Thursday to Friday, 10-11 October 2019
Mercure Brisbane

Volunteering Queensland’s second State Volunteering Conference, 10 – 11 October 2019, Mercure Brisbane, will equip you with valuable strategies and good practices to maximise the contribution of your volunteers, enhance the impact of your volunteer program, and advance your cause.

More info and registration here.

Hosted by Volunteering Queensland

Melbourne Marathon: Run for environmental justice! | 13 October 2019

Enviro Justice Australia (EJA)

Sydney (15-16 August) / Brisbane (21-22 August) / Melbourne (24-25 August).
(Click links above for details on different locations)
Scholarship application / Small org $88 / Med org $198 / Large org $308

Will you join us to run for environmental justice on 13 October?

There are 64 days to go and still plenty of time to get marathon ready!

Whether you’re a seasoned runner, jogger, or more of an occasional walker, we would love to have you on our team this year for the Melbourne Marathon.

There's something for everyone! Whether it’s a 3km walk, a 5km or 10km run, a half marathon (21km) or a full marathon (42km).

Sign up today and get your running shoes ready!

Since 2011 our lawyers, volunteers, and supporters have run to raise vital funds for environmental justice.

We rely on the support of people like you who care about a world where communities can stand up for their local environment; where big polluters are held to account; and where nature has a voice in the legal system.

Together, we can raise critical funds to defend our air, water, and wildlife -- and get fit in the process!

Visit the Melbourne Marathon Festival website here to learn more about the marathon itself.

Hosted by the Melbourne Marathon Festival

2019 Australasian Waste and Recycling Expo (AWRE) | 30-31 October 2019


Wednesday to Thursday, 30-31 October 2019
ICC Sydney Darling Harbour

As the platform used by waste and recycling communities to learn and collaborate, the 2019 AWRE Speaker Series will tackle the industry’s most challenging and compelling issues.

The enhanced program this year will be supported by 130+ brands showcasing the latest innovation, services and solutions to an engaged and targeted audience of 3000+ industry professionals – so make this your chance to put your business front and centre.

Align your business with the premium waste and recycling event in Australia as we return to Sydney this October. As the exhibition supported by the industry’s leading association and government bodies nationally and in NSW, be recognised as part of the inner circle of innovators and educators, enhance your brand reputation and connect with highly engaged customers.

Learn more about the event here.

2019 Queensland Landcare Awards | 8 November 2019

Landcare Australia | Queensland Water & Land Carers

Friday, 8 November 2019

Landcare has played a leading role in changing Australia’s approach to sustainable agricultural practices, environmental protection, conservation of land and waterways, coastlines, biodiversity and landscapes.

The 2019 State & Territory Landcare Awards profiles individuals and groups from urban and rural communities who are working together to care for our country.

In 2019, Landcare celebrates its 30-year anniversary. Over the past 30 years, Landcare has evolved into a powerful movement of volunteers who donate their time, skills, and expertise for the benefit of the environment, and the communities that seek to protect it.

To nominate, please click on your state or territory to submit an entry. You will need to set up an account to do submit a nomination, this account will assist you with submitting your entry. But first, please read these simple instructions to help get you started.

More info here.

Hosted by Landcare Australia

ANZSEE 2019 Conference | 24-26 November 2019

Australia New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics (ANZSEE) | RMIT University

Sunday to Monday, 24 November to 26 November 2019
RMIT University Swanston Academic Building Swanston St (Melbourne Central)

Ecological Economics: Solutions Now and in the Future conference

The 2019 Australia New Zealand Society of Ecological Economics conference will address the great challenges of our times: environmental crises and how we can live more sustainably on our planet.

With a great line-up of keynote speakers and panels open to all those interested as well as sustainability academics, professionals and activists, make sure you book now. Registration rates are minimal to welcome all-comers. Get all the program news and associated details here: https://anzsee.org.au

(optional tours and dinner Sunday 24 November — main conference days Monday 25 November and Tuesday 26 November)

View the event flyer here.

Hosted by the ANZSEE

Building Earth Ethics in Australia: Pathways and Challenges (Conference) | 28-29 November 2019

Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA)

Thursday to Friday, 28-29 November 2019
ACU, 115 Victoria Parade , Fitzroy, Victoria 3065

Join us for a thought-provoking two-day conference that will bring people together from a range of fields - including earth ethics, environmental education, Indigenous knowledge systems, environmental psychology, deep ecology, arts, law, science, business, religion and eco-spirituality - to address our central questions:

  • How do we build Earth-centred ethics in Australia?
  • What barriers prevent people from developing and maintaining an Earth-centred world view?
  • How do we address these barriers?

The way we think about ourselves and understand our world informs the governance systems that guide our societies, so our ethical world view is a critical part of the roots for larger change. Earth Ethics orient people towards recognising the interconnected systems of life that we are part of, and in turn help us reflect, make decisions and act in a way that nurtures rather than destroys the living world.

The Conference aims to help people learn and share information about how Earth-centred ethics can be nurtured and built in a time of global ecological crisis and how human societies can continue to build hope and resilience as we face ever increasing environmental, psychological and spiritual challenges.

Key Dates

  • Call for Participation opens March 2019, closes on 10 July 2019
  • Registration opens March 2019
  • Conference is hosted Thursday 28th and Friday 29th November 2019
  • Conference Dinner will be held on the evening of Thursday 28th November 2019

To submit a proposal and/or to register, visit this page.

Hosted by the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA)