EPF WOM + Invitation To The NSW Biodiversity Review

Welcome to ‘Word of Mouth’, the occasional EPF circular containing information generated by sustainability professionals for sustainability professionals in the network.  We welcome your contributions.

Please find a LINK HERE to Andrew Petersen's slides from our last event for your download and perusal.

We would also appreciate it if you could take the time to fill out our member survey which Lee Stewart mentioned at our last event LINK HERE thank you.

Thank you to all those who expressed an interest in joining the volunteering committee.  We will be announcing and welcoming our new committee members at our next event.

Please find below an invitation to our next event, positions, professional development opportunities and general items of interest in the environmental/sustainability space in NSW for both you and for your extended networks.


Due to an internal promotion at Westpac, there is a vacancy for a Sustainable Supply Chain Manager. Please see link below for more details.  Please feel free to circulate to whomever you think might be interested.



Community Engagement Training at UTS

IAP2 (International Association for Public Participation) Foundations in Public Participation (Certificate in Public Participation)

Engagement is an important part of any project and policy initiative.  Sustainability essentially includes levels of stakeholder interaction or ‘social licence to operate’. This usually occurs through community engagement.

This course will provide you with: 

  • the skills to plan for, and effectively engage with the community 

  • the ability to apply frameworks to policy development

  • ‘Certificate in Public Participation’ that is the stated requirement of some government positions.

University of Technology, Sydney - Institute for Public Policy and Governance conducts this Internationally recognised course that has been the industry standard in Australia for almost 20 years.  

The details of the five day training are as follows:

  • Planning for Effective Public Participation - 27–29 April 2016

  • Techniques for Effective Public Participation - 25–26 May 2016

Enrolment information is at


Any questions please call or email Margaret Harvie on 0411 590 859 or Margaret@plancom.com.au


The practice of project design for change

The complete toolset for devising behaviour change projects + plus innovation skills, buzz-making, and lots of inspiring examples, in a lively and inspiring workshop. Learn how to really engage a community in change.
SYDNEY: 2-3 May 2016
MELBOURNE: 16-17 May 2016
Venue detailsBook a place.

Facilitation Skills
Facilitate any gathering with confidence

Lay a solid foundation for facilitating meetings and workshops in any context. 
SYDNEY: 5 May 2016
MELBOURNE: 18 May 2016
Venue detailsBook a place.
Australia's green building and design event is open for registration!
Free registration is NOW OPEN for SEE Sustainable Experience 21-23 July 2016 at Australian Technology Park Sydney CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Australia's green building and design event for specifiers, designers, builders, building owners, facility managers, etc.


The NSW Biodiversity Review - Biodiversity Conservation or a Return to Broad Scale Land Clearing? 

The NSW Biodiversity Review
Sponsored by Fujitsu and the University of Sydney, The Environmental Professionals Forum (EPF) is delighted to invite you to our second event of 2016, where we take a look at the NSW Biodiversity Review.

Synopsis: In June 2014, the NSW Government commissioned an Independent Panel to conduct a review of the Native Vegetation Act, Threatened Species Conservation Act, Nature Conservation Trust Act and parts of parts of the National Parks and Wildlife Act. In March2015the Government agreed to implement all 43 recommendations of this Review and a draft Bill - the Biodiversity Conservation Bill - is expected for public release in March 2016. 

But will the new legislation put a stop to further biodiversity declines? How will it affect Sydney communities? And what will its implications be on Australia's COP 21 commitments? 

In this presentation, Jeff Angel, Executive Director of the Total Environment Centre, will review the Government's key proposals for its new biodiversity and tree clearing legislation which will apply acrossurban,  coastal and rural NSW.  This will include a detailed discussion of the Government's proposed Biodiversity Offsets Policy which will be mandatory for a majority of developments across the State. 

Date: Tuesday March 1st 2016
Venue: The University of Sydney Business School, Level 16, 133 Castlereagh Street, City
Time: 6:00 for 6:30pm – 7.30pm presentation.  8pm close. 
You’re warmly invited to continue the conversation and networking after the presentation.
Cost: This event is free of charge due to the generosity of Total Environment Australia, Fujitsu and the University of Sydney Business School.
Seats are limited to 80. Reserve your spot early to avoid disappointment.

About the speaker:
Jeff has worked at the forefront of Australia’s environment movement since the save the rainforest days more than 30 years ago. He is actively engaged in the intellectual challenges which are transforming the environment movement from conservation-focused to forward planning for a new green economic paradigm.

A passionate crusader for the protection of Australia’s wild places, and its unique bio-diversity, Jeff is also renowned for his ability to bring warring parties to the table and has set up many alliances between business, industry and green groups which would have been unthinkable even ten years ago. In 2008 Jeff published Green is Good (ABC Books).


Do you have positions, events or points of interest you’d like to share with the EPF network via Word of Mouth?  Please send them to the volunteer EPF Committee in Microsoft Word format with ‘WoM’ as the subject of the email. Please also note that we require approx 12 days lead time. We welcome your contributions. For last minute or immediate posting of events/positions please use our LinkedIn group.

About the Environmental Professionals Forum
The Environmental Professionals Forum (EPF) was formed by a group of masters’ students in 2005 over a few beverages at the Art House. Its charter is to advance the environmental and sustainability profession by providing an informal space to network and exchange ideas. Today the EPF network has grown to over 1000 professionals who reflect the dynamic evolution of the field.
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Your 2016 EPF Committee

Margaret Harvie, Jonathon Heys, Lisa Tarry, Lee Stewart and Simone Awramenko