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Barooga, New South Wales, 20–22 August 2019 2019

Keynote Speakers

Ashley Bland

Director, Constructive Energy

Ashley Bland


Coming soon.

Dr Tom Measham

Research Group Leader, CSIRO

Tom Measham


Dr Tom Measham leads the Adaptive Communities and Industries Group at CSIRO which brings together 30 social scientists and economists focused on how regional communities and economies are affected by and engage with the social and economic opportunities and challenges which face them. Tom has over 20 years’ experience spanning diverse industries and communities throughout regional Australia. He has contributed as an expert adviser to several national and international committees and serves as Associate Editor for two international academic journals. He holds a PhD from Australian National University where he continues to perform the role of Adjunct Associate Professor in the Fenner School of Environment and Society.

Prof Lee Pugalis

Professor of Urban Studies, Institute for Public Policy and Governance

Lee Pugalis


Professor Lee Pugalis is an international urban scholar, whose research traverses local and regional economic development, urban regeneration, and strategic planning. He has a particular interest in metropolitan governance and urban entrepreneurship.

Lee is a chartered town planner and economic development officer who gained undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral qualifications from Newcastle University in England. Before taking up an academic position Lee directed a sub-regional economic partnership and was a regeneration specialist advisor to a Regional Development Agency. He has also worked for local, regional and national government in the UK including the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

Lee is an editor of the journals Regional Studies, Regional Science and Local Economy, and is also a member of 15 international editorial boards. He is also an ambassador for the development of early career researchers through his roles as a World Social Science Fellow and a member of the Global Young Academy.

Peter Waterman

Adjunct Professor, Institute for Land, Water and Society (ILWS), Charles Sturt University

Peter Waterman1


Peter Waterman has professional qualifications in geography, social science, urban planning and environmental management. Over the past 55 years he has gained professional experience as: a secondary school teacher; military officer; officer of government; academic; advisor to governments and boards of commercial enterprises; consultant and lobbyist; and a research director and managing director of private companies. In 1970, Peter co-foundered one of the first environmental consultancy companies in Australia. Since then he has provided a wide range of consultant services across the land use planning and environmental management fields for public and private sector clients in Australia and overseas.

Currently, Peter is the Managing Director of Environmental Management Services (EMS) a boutique consulting company that he established in 1977 and incorporated in 1984. Operationally, EMS integrates engineering, management and science in seeking innovative solutions for sustainable regional and local development. In this capacity, Peter provides services to clients from business, industry, governments and community based organisations. Additionally, Peter is an Adjunct Professor-Institute for Land Water and Society, Charles Stuart University (ILWS-CSU) and an Adjunct Associate Professor-Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering. University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).

Current collaborative activities with ILWS-CSU and SEGRA include:

Dr Chris Yeats

Executive Director, Geological Survey of NSW, Department of Planning and Environment, NSW Government

Chris Yeats


Chris Yeats is an ore deposit geologist and geochemist with almost 30 years’ experience in precious and base metal exploration and research, in terranes ranging in age from the some of the world’s oldest rocks to modern active seafloor hydrothermal systems.

Chris joined the Geological Survey of NSW (GSNSW) as Executive Director in June 2015. Prior to this, he spent 17 years as a researcher and manager at CSIRO, where his work focused on the formation of and exploration for gold and base metal deposits in ancient and modern terranes. He has published extensively on gold and base metal systems, and has approximately 500 career citations. In October 2018, he was named a Fellow of the Geological Society of Australia for his significant scientific contribution and service to Australian geoscience.

As head of GSNSW, Chris leads a multidisciplinary team of approximately 100 geoscientists who collect, synthesise, manage and deliver geological, geophysical, geochemical and geospatial data to inform all levels of government, the resource industry and the community about the state’s geology, and mineral, coal, petroleum and renewable energy resources. GSNSW also plays a key role in strategic land use planning on a local, regional and statewide scale, through the provision of expert geoscientific adviceto local and state government agencies.

GSNSW has also begun working with local councils and other organizations to develop geotrails and other tourism opportunities based around geological features and landscape. Free geotourism brochures have been produced for Broken Hill, Cobar and the Newcastle Coast, and a mobile app-based geotrail has been developed for the coast at Port Macquarie. Further geotrails are currently in development for Newcastle and the Warrumbungle National Park, with more to follow.

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