Program

Sunday 30 June
Pre-Conference Field Trip and meetings (SIMS)

Postgraduates, start off your conference experience by networking with fellow postgrads from across the country.

The day will begin in late morning on Sunday with a welcome to the conference and a chance to casually mix and mingle with other students. The open and informal program allows for the next generation of geographers to get to know future potential colleagues, as well as give those arriving on a morning flight the opportunity to get settled before joining the activities. We will be at the university until approximately noon, at which time we will set off to visit a number of the local wineries and breweries in the nearby Swan Valley.

Monday 1 July
Conference welcome; paper sessions and plenaries; evening reception

Tuesday 2 July
Paper sessions and plenaries; conference dinner

Wednesday 3 July
Paper sessions and plenaries

Thursday 4 July
Post-conference field trips

Trip 1- Thursday 4th July (Approx. 8.30am-12.30pm)
Heritage from Above and Below: Sites of Dispossession, Protest and Affirmation, Conflict and Memorialisation in Central Perth
This half day field trip will, broadly speaking, follow the north bank of the Swan River from the University of Western Australia to Burswood. This riverfront is valorised by both the Noongar and the settler populations of Western Australia and its use, development and redevelopment are therefore prone to contestation and controversy. The field trip will provide geographical, historical, planning and heritage contextualisations for a number of these disputes.  Sites to be visited/issues to be considered include: The Old Swan Brewery/Goonininup and  Heirisson Island/Matagarup, the locations of recent Aboriginal protests and occupations; Kings Park, the epicentre of memorialisation in the city; Solidarity Park, a heritage listed site commemorating those who died in the workplace; and Elizabeth Quay, a major riverfront development currently under construction. Weather permitting, the trip will entail a moderate amount of walking.   

Trip 2 – Thursday 4th July (Approx. 8.30am-5.00pm)
Environmental change in the Perth metropolitan area
This one day trip will examine environmental change along the Swan River and environments. It will consider ecological changes associated with urban growth covering issues such as water quality, biodiversity, the management of remnant bushland, and water resource management. 

Trip 3 – Thursday 4th July to Sunday 7th July
Multi Speed Economy
Building on the conference theme of 'the multi-speed economy', this 4 day, 3 night study tour into the northern Wheatbelt region of Western Australia will provide participants with the opportunity to view first hand the impact of Western Australia's mining boom on this part of regional Western Australia, its industries, communities and cultures. As part of this tour, participants will spend a night in the region's two so called 'Super Towns' (Northam and Jurien Bay) as well as a night in the historical New Norcia Benedictine Community. With speakers such as the Rural Women of the Year, visits to farming properties and presentations by regional organisations, participants will be able to experience first-hand the dynamics of contemporary life on the land and in rural towns. The tour will finish with a visit through the Swan River valley region (think micro brewery and winery country). The tour will finish in Perth on the Sunday at 2pm (airport drop off can be arranged for 1.30pm).

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