The Power of Parks - Launceston


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

1st Sep 2016 6:00pm

End Date

1st Sep 2016 7:30pm


Lecture Theatre 5, Sir Raymond Ferrall Centre, Newnham Campus

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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
  • Peter Hay, respected Tasmanian commentator and author
  • Aunty Patsy Cameron, respected Tasmanian Aboriginal Elder

Refreshments from 5.30pm

About the speakers

Jamie Kirkpatrick AM has been a member of advisory bodies to the Tasmanian National Parks and Wildlife Service for almost half of the history of national parks in the State. He is Distinguished Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies. He teaches in the undergraduate program and supervises 15-20 postgraduate and honours students working on a variety of topics. His main research loves are alpine, grassy, coastal and garden ecosystems, nature conservation and the politics of environment. He has been recognized by several national awards and prizes for his work developing methods for planning reserves and his contribution to forest conservation and world heritage matters, and has been recognized internationally for producing the seminal work on minimum set reservation planning methods.

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.  Saul was made a Vice-Chancellor Fellow of the University of Tasmania in 2016.

Pete Hay grew up on the North-West Coast and was, at the time of his retirement, Reader in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Tasmania. He remains a scholar of place and the nature of place attachment, particularly as these apply to islands generally and Tasmania specifically, environmental thought and activism, and democratic theory. He is the author of Main Currents in Western Environmental Thought and A Companion to Environmental Thought, as well as 6 books of poetry (one of which is in press), a volume of personal essays (Vandiemonian Essays, and has co-authored a work of photojournalism with the documentary photographer, Matthew Newton (The Forests). Last Days of the Mill, his collaboration with the visual artist, Tony Thorne, was short-listed for the 2013 Tasmanian Book Prize and won the People's Choice Award. He has twice worked as a political advisor, including heading up the Office of the Minister for Environment and Planning in the 1989-91 Labor-Green Accord. In the latter capacity he played an instrumental role in the establishment of the Douglas-Apsley National Park, as well as Tasmania's first marine reserves. 

Patsy Cameron grew up on Flinders Island and traces her Tasmanian Aboriginal heritage through her mother's line to Mannalargenna, of the northeast Coastal Plains Nation and Tongalongta of the east coast Oyster Bay Nation who were two formidable Aboriginal warriors in colonial times. For over thirty years Patsy has been passionately committed to Aboriginal history, education, cultural heritage, traditional artistic practices and reconnecting to Country. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology and Geography and a Master of Arts (research) in Aboriginal History. Patsy is the author of Grease and Ochre published by Fullers Bookshop in 2011. She was inducted into the Tasmanian Women's Honour Roll in 2006 in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments and contribution to the Tasmanian community.

Presented in partnership with the Parks & Wildlife Service

Parks and Wildlife Service