Bass Strait Forum

Subject: Bass Strait Forum
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2000 13:48:29 +1000

From: Tim Reid <>
Subject: Bass Strait Forum

The Marine & Coastal Community Network's

Bass Strait Forum 2000

Your Chance to Network

Launceston, Tasmania

30-11-2000 - 2-12-2000


For the first time people of many different
backgrounds have the opportunity to come
together and discuss the future of Bass Strait
and its islands.

The Forum is intended to be a celebration of the
rich cultural history and natural values of the
Bass Strait region.

It is a chance for communities to discuss the
planning and management possibilities of the
region, and share in an understanding of the
Strait's cultural and biological significance.
There will be much to explore.


The Forum will be a multi-disciplinary event. By
providing networking opportunities, it will:

* Facilitate improved planning of the marine

* Assist with land use planning in the region.

* Provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and

* Celebrate the region's rich cultural history.


Cultural Values

History, myths and legends/usage/links with the
Strait, our place in the landscape, current
relationships and interests.

Scientific Values

Issues concerning both the marine and
terrestrial environments of  Bass Strait, which
include both the southern Victorian coastline
and the northern Tasmanian coastline, and their

Issues addressing any of the plethora of species
that live in the region, notions of
sustainability, endangered species and general
ecological well being of both the Strait and the
Issues that serve to address any commercial,
recreational, residential or industrial damage
to the ecology of the region.


Issues regarding the wellbeing of current island
communities, conservation and sustainable
management of the environment, monitoring,
`ownership' and land/ sea use. Victorian,
Tasmanian and Commonwealth regulations regarding
pollution, tourism, commercial/ recreational
fishing, oil and gas, reserve planning, wildlife
management etc.

PAPERS and VISUAL DISPLAYS (which include Poster
Papers) are invited on the three themes
(Cultural/ Scientific /Planning & Management)


A 20 minutes presentation including 5 minutes
for discussion/questions.

Visual Display/Seminar Sessions

Material to be presented as a visual display
(which includes poster papers) with the author
available to respond to questions.

Intending contributors must submit a proposal
including the following.

Cover page

A cover page should include the following
* Name of principal contributor and/or
presenting contributor(s)
* Postal address, phone, fax and e-mail of
principal author
* Position and place of employment or study (if

Category of presentation (paper, visual display)
Cultural, scientific or management.

Title of presentation


Please use a separate page for the abstract of
no more than 350 words in length. It should
include the following:

Content: Provide a summary of the material to be

Objective: The purpose of the presentation.

Presentation: Describe the mode of presentation
(group discussion, lecture) and any requirements
for the presentation (e.g. video, OHP, Power

Importance:     Explain why the presentation is

Theme: Indicate into which theme your paper fits.

Selection Process

The Forum committee will review papers.
Acceptance will be based on proposal content,
the time available and the need for balanced
program content.


Abstracts will be accepted until Friday, May 5,
Notification of acceptance by Friday, May 19,

Apart from supplying a hard copy of the abstract
please also supply disk copy on IBM format if

To register your paper or for further
information contact:

In Tasmania:
Christian Bell or Samira Heale
Marine & Coastal Community Network
GPO Box 567 Hobart 7001
Tasmania, Australia
Ph. (03) 62 343 665, Fax. 62 312 491

For additional information contact:

In Victoria:
Tim Allen
Marine & Coastal Community Network
10 Parliament Place,
East Melbourne, Vic 3002, Australia
Ph (03) 96504846, Fax 92475945
Web Site:


The Open Space technique will be used for the
workshops scheduled for the concluding day. The
theme for the workshops will be 'Integrated
Management for Bass Strait - Issues and

With Open Space topics for discussion at workshops can only be made in
on the day. This allows for a very flexible and interactive process and is
designed to allow for maximum participation


The Forum seeks the input of professionals, enthusiasts, managers, the
community and Industry, academics and artists. We will not produce expensive
conference packs or advertising material and all the money goes into the

The Network

The Marine and Coastal Community Network (MCCN)works to increase
appreciation, protection and management of marine and coastal
environments. It
provides information and opinion from a variety of sources and initiates and
supports community involvement to conserve life in the sea.

The Venue

The Tramsheds Theatre & Function Centre is part of the former Inveresk Rail
Yards - a cultural redevelopment of a former
industrial site.

The Centre largely consists of renovated and
recycled rail buildings used by Tas Rail for the
Launceston Tramway system from 1911 to
approximately 1932. The Rail Yards also house
annexes of the Queen Victoria Museum & Art
Gallery including section dealing with the
conservation of cultural artifacts.

The Tramsheds are located only a short distance
from the CBD of Launceston and is within easy
access of city facilities.

Christian Bell
Marine and Coastal Community Network
Phone +61 03 62343665
Fax +61 03 62312491

GPO Box 567
Hobart TAS  7001
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Tim Reid.
Marine Conservation Section
Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service
PO Box 44a

phone:  011-61-3-62336018
fax:    011-61-3-62333477

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