Case study: Aboriginal partnership in forest management 

Date: Wednesday 14 October 2020
Time: 1.00 pm (AEDT)
RFP CPD points: 1.0


The Aboriginal Partnerships Team at the Forestry Corporation of NSW oversees the protection and management of Aboriginal Culture Heritage and significant sites, and creates sustainable partnerships with the Aboriginal Community. Through building trust and transparency, they aim to return the community to the bush and return the bush resources back to the community. In this webinar we will learn about the groundbreaking work of the Aboriginal Partnerships team across NSW State forests, including their partnerships in cultural burning and conservation of Aboriginal Culture in the forest.


John Shipp, Aboriginal Partnerships Leader,  Forestry Corporation of NSW
John is a Wanggaapuwan Man from Western NSW. He is the Aboriginal Partnerships Leader for Forestry Corporation NSW, as Team Leader he is responsible for building and maintaining mutually-beneficial partnerships with Aboriginal communities across NSW in order to collaborate, develop, implement and monitor the effectiveness of business opportunities and other initiatives that maximise opportunities for Aboriginal communities to gain value from the forest estate. He is also responsible for supporting forestry operations by ensuring pre-harvest Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Surveys are accurate, compliant.  John has worked through Australia in Aboriginal Communities representing the Faculty of Health at Newcastle University, across NSW Mapping, recording and teaching Culture and Heritage to numerous Aboriginal Communities and Non-Aboriginal people as a private consultant and with the NPWS.   

Rachael Cavanagh, Aboriginal Partnerships Liaison, Forestry Corporation of NSW
Rachael Cavanagh is a Minyungbal woman from the Bundjalung/Yugambeh Nations of South East Qld and Northern NSW whose passion lies in uplifting People and preserving Country and Culture. She is an Aboriginal Partnerships Liaison for Forestry Corporation of NSW, and the Principle Cultural Heritage Advisor for the Currie Country Foundation.
Rachael studied at Deakin University with an undergraduate of Health, Postgraduate in Natural and Cultural resource management and Executive Ready – Women in Leadership. Her extensive postgraduate and applied knowledge in Aboriginal Cultural Heritage, Contemporary and Traditional Land Management, and Cultural Fire Practices has culminated in her professional career.
Rachael's diverse professional background includes working within the private sector and all levels of Government. Rachael has most recently been active in her local community, providing strategic advice by serving on a variety boards and advisory groups. She is currently a Member on the National Indigenous working Group for Forest Stewardship Council Australia, Chair of the Clarence Valley Women’s Refuge. Rachael is Cultural Advisor to many schools and community groups, providing support in building capacity and empowering First Nations communities by supporting training and development opportunities.

Kathy Lyons, Senior Manager Forest Stewardship, Forestry Corporation of NSW
Kathy studied Forestry at the Australian National University graduating with honours in Aboriginal Forest Management of the River Red Gum Forests and has an Executive MBA from the University of Technology, Sydney. Kathy has been fortunate to work in many different roles in the forestry profession including timber harvesting, sales, plantations, Regional Forest Agreements, planning, road and bridge construction and fire.  Over the last six years Kathy has led a team across the state as Senior Manager, Forest Stewardship for the Forestry Corporation of NSW specialising in tourism, community partnerships, land administration, Aboriginal partnerships, fire and forest protection. Kathy has maintained a strong interest in working with Aboriginal communities throughout her career and in facilitating outcomes for positive community involvement in forest management. 


IFA/AFG member: $10
Student member: $5
Non-member: $40
All registered delegates receive a recording of the webinar, so you can participate live or listen later.

Registrations close Tuesday 13 October at 9.00am

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