City of Mandurah eyes major environmental conference

If the Mandurah city council give the idea the green-light at their next meeting the decision could see the local government partner with the WA Chapter of the Australian Association for Environmental Education. Photo: File image.
If the Mandurah city council give the idea the green-light at their next meeting the decision could see the local government partner with the WA Chapter of the Australian Association for Environmental Education. Photo: File image.

City of Mandurah is looking to put $50,000 on the table in a bid to secure an environmental education conference that could see about 290 delegates visit in 2020.

The Australian Association of Environmental Education (AAEE) national biennial conference has been held since 1998, and endeavours to bring together the industry’s bright minds. 

The association advocates for environmental education and contributes to skills development to ensure educators across the country and internationally stay at the forefront of their field. 

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It also provides a professional network of cross-sector environmental education professionals across all states and territories.

These conferences typically run over three days, with the fourth day usually dedicated to an additional research symposium. 

The conference generally attracts hundreds of environmental education professionals from across Australia, New Zealand and overseas. 

The next conference will be held on the Gold Coast in October 2018.

The AAEE Biennial Conference was last held in Western Australia in 2006, when it was hosted by Bunbury. 

More than 150 speakers generally attend the conference. 

If the Mandurah city council give the idea the green-light at their next meeting the decision could see the local government partner with the WA Chapter of the Australian Association for Environmental Education. 

In a report presented to council on May 15, officers recommended funding the venture.

City officers argued the conference may provide an opportunity to highlight local environmental education initiatives and advance the development of education state-wide.