"Getting to Know the Locals" Science Week event a success on KI

A successful collaboration between Kangaroo Island/Victor Harbor Dolphin Watch and Natural Resources KI presented "Getting to Know the Locals" at the Ozone Hotel on the night of Thursday, August 15.

A range of speakers delivered an overview of Department for Environment and Water programs running on Kangaroo Island and the way science is used to inform conservation efforts around the island and in its waters.

The event was Dolphin Watch's 10th Science Week event funded once again by a National Science Week SA Community Grant and supported by Dolphin Watch's major sponsors, the Ozone Hotel and SeaLink.

Communications manager with Natural Resources KI, Ross Evans, as well as speaking on the night, coordinated the input from government agencies providing fascinating displays and an insight for the local community to the breadth and effectiveness of their programs.

Mayor Michael Pengilly provided an opening address followed by commissioner Wendy Campana setting the context for the evening.

Speakers included Mel Stonnill, Seal Bay Research, Education and Operations Coordinator - "Seal Bay Current Research and Conservation programs", Damon Cusack, RALF/Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator - "Resilient Agriculture: Multi Benefit Regenerative Agriculture", Trish Mooney, APC/Animal and Plant Control Officer - "Animal and Plant Control", Ross Evans, NRM - "Additional Projects" and the "Landscape SA Bill 2019" and MC Tony Bartram from Dolphin Watch.

A brilliant educational evening providing hope for the future conservation efforts on Kangaroo Island. - Tony Bartram, KI/VH Dolphin Watch