University of Canberra
CURF Annual Forum 2019 | UN Sustainable Development Goals for Canberra and the Region
Posted 16 August 2019 3:26pm

The CURF Annual Forum in 2019 will examine the role of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Canberra and the Region with a focus on Goal 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure and Goal 15 Life on Land.

The panel of speakers is still being confirmed, so watch this space in the near future for further details.

When: 8.30am to 1.00pm Friday 15 November 2019
Where: Ann Harding Conference Centre, Building 24 University of Canberra

How to get there:  
Public transport:
 Public transport is within an easy walking distance from nearby College Street, where buses on Canberra's rapid bus network (Routes R2, R3 and R4) stop in both directions near the University's 'South Gate'.
Car Parking:  Please note that ample pay car-parking is normally available at that time of the afternoon in the larger of the open carparks opposite Buildings 23 & 24. A credit card is required for payment at the exit boom gate on departure. 

Early Bird Registrations can now be made at the following link
Register here: REGISTRATION

Keynote Speaker

Lachlan Hunter
Lachlan is Executive Director of the United Nations Association of Australia, the peak body for promoting the UN and UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Australia.  

Previously, Lachlan was an Executive at Chief Executive Women (CEW), a not-for-profit promoting gender balance and women in leadership, where he worked on building relationships with business, developing CEW's Indigenous engagement and the release of a report on the backlash to women in leadership.

Prior to this, Lachlan worked for the Australian Government, including roles at the Department of Human Services, in Ministerial Offices, designing and delivering Norfolk Island Reform and living and working on remote communities in the West Kimberley.

Lachlan also worked in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in Indigenous Youth Policy and setting up STEM Academies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls. Lachlan was a leader in the PM&C Women's Network, focused on increasing participation and addressing the gender imbalance in the take up of flexible and part time work. Lachlan's career started in service delivery and roles working in immigration detention and for Centrelink, where he worked to support improved services for vulnerable peoples and those under stress.

Other speakers include:

Dr Maxine Cooper

Dr Cooper is the former Auditor-General for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).  Prior to being appointed as the ACT Auditor-General, Dr Cooper was the ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment and the Head of the ACT Water Security Taskforce.  Dr Cooper has held many senior executive roles in the ACT Government as well as other Australian jurisdictions and private practice. 

Dr Cooper has a PhD (Melbourne University); Masters of Environmental Science (Calgary University, Canada); Bachelor of Arts - Urban & Regional Planning from the Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT) (now Curtin University), Western Australia.  She is a Fulbright Fellow (USA) and Commonwealth Scholarship holder (Canada) and is a Fellow of the Planning Institute and the Australian and New Zealand Environment Institute.

Dr Cooper’s career has been as a senior executive in a wide range of government areas both in the ACT and in other Australian jurisdictions.  In her early career she worked in private practice. She retired in 2018 as  ACT Auditor-General having held that role since 2011.  She was previously Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, and prior to that, Head of the ACT Water Security Taskforce.

Suzanna Remmerswaal

Suzanna Remmerswaal is Principal Consultant Sustainability and Resilience at AECOM

Suzanna led the sustainability strategy and climate resilience assessment for Sydney Metro City and Southwest, and is a key member of the 100 Resilient Cities Resilient Sydney program pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. Suzanna is supporting the Great Barrier Reef Foundation to develop and implement the Resilient Reefs initiative, working with five reef sites in Australia, Belize, New Caledonia and Palau.

Suzanna also worked with Resilient Jakarta to develop a feasibility study for community wastewater treatment systems in Jakarta as part of their resilience strategy. Suzanna has led sustainability strategy and climate resilience assessments for major precinct, telecommunications, and Defence projects and developed city wide strategic responses to resilience challenges such as urban heat. Suzanna holds a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (Natural Resources) and a Master of Planning.

Charlie Prell

Charlie Prell is a sheep farmer from Crookwell, an hour north of Canberra, in the Southern Tablelands of NSW.

He is one of four farmers under the Crookwell 2 windfarm. He has had 19 years of experience in renewables, focusing on wind farms. He is a strong public supporter of the benefits wind farms can bring to small regional communities. He is a passionate advocate for an inclusive “benefit sharing” model for wind farm developments, where the whole community benefits from a windfarm, not just the few who host the turbines. He has been working as the NSW Regional Organiser for the Australian Wind Alliance since July 2014.

He was part of the working group and then the steering committee that formed “Farmers for Climate Action”. He was previously co-chair and is currently deputy chair of Farmers for Climate Action. He is passionate about the health and well-being of small regional communities and in assisting these communities to meet the challenge of climate change. He also promotes the opportunities that meeting these challenges can bring to individual farmers and the small regional communities where they live.

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