The Power of Parks - Burnie


Celebrating the Centenary of Tasmanian Parks, ​join us for a look at the benefits of national parks to conservation, the economy, community health and the Tasmanian identity.

Start Date

23rd Jun 2016 6:00pm

End Date

23rd Jun 2016 7:30pm


Building D, Cradle Coast campus, 16-20 Mooreville Road, Burnie

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Celebrating the Centenary of Tasmanian Parks

The Power of Parks

Centenary of Tasmanian Parks

One hundred years of national parks in Tasmania will be celebrated in 2016. This year marks the centenary of the state's first national parks, Mount Field and Freycinet, reserved for the first time on 29 August 1916.

Join us for a discussion on the benefits that national parks have brought to Tasmania in conservation, the economy, community health and Tasmanian identity.

Master of Ceremonies

Distinguished Professor Jamie Kirkpatrick, Head of Discipline for Geography and Spatial Sciences, University of Tasmania


  • Saul Eslake, internationally acclaimed economist and social commentator
  • Dr Bill Jackson, Adjunct Professor, University of the Sunshine Coast and Director, Healthy Parks Healthy People Global
  • Dr Louise Mendel, Program Coordinator, Fuel Reduction Unit, Tasmania Fire Service
About the speakers

Dr William (Bill) Jackson is an independent environmental consultant with extensive experience in protected area management, forest conservation and community development. He runs his own company, Intellagama Pty Ltd, and is an Adjunct Professor with the University of the Sunshine Coast, a Director of Healthy People Healthy Parks Global and the Chair of the Thin Green Line Foundation. He held the positions of Chief Executive of Parks Victoria and Director of National Parks for the Australian State of Victoria from late 2010 until June 2015. Prior to his appointment to Parks Victoria, Dr Jackson worked for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for 13 years, including as Deputy Director General.

Dr Louise Mendel was manager of the Threatened Species Section and the Private Land Conservation Program at the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment. She has been an Associate Lecturer and Lecturer in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Tasmania and completed a PhD thesis on the development of the national park system in Tasmania. Lousie recently joined the Tasmania Fire Service as Program Coordinator of the Fuel Reduction Unit.

Saul Eslake has worked as an economist in the Australian financial markets for more than 25 years, including as Chief Economist at McIntosh Securities (a stockbroking firm) in the late 1980s, Chief Economist (International) at National Mutual Funds Management in the early 1990s, and as Chief Economist at the Australia & New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) from 1995 to 2009.  He took a break from the financial markets between July 2009 and December 2011, during which time he worked part-time as Director of the Productivity Growth Program at the Grattan Institute, a 'think tank' affiliated with Melbourne University, and as a freelance writer, speaker and consultant.

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