Mosses and Marshes
International Panel Discussion
11th November 2021


Jessica Moore is the Cultural Development Co-ordinator at Dubbo Regional Council, a partner in the event. She has worked in the arts sector for more than 20 years. Starting her career in community arts development on the NSW Central Coast, she has also worked in the commercial arts sector and as an arts educator. She’s worked in regional NSW for the past 14 years, where she’s had significant experience in the opportunities and challenges faced by professional artists and audiences outside major metropolitan centres. Jessica is passionate about promoting the regions as not only vibrant and sophisticated, but home to some of the most well-trained, innovative, and progressive cultural professionals in the country.


Tim Hosking is based in Dubbo on Wiradjuri Country and is part of the Northwest NSW Environmental Water Management Operational Team with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.  His work focus is on the Macquarie catchment and Macquarie Marshes.  He grew up in the area, a birdwatcher and field naturalist who developed an active appreciation for wetlands from an early age.  Tim was eventually pulled back to the Macquarie catchment and into a job focussed on practical outcomes for the landscape.


Kate Mildner owns and manages a cell grazing property with her husband, Rod, on the Macquarie River floodplain, 40km north of Warren, upstream of the Macquarie Marshes. Billabulla has large areas of ephemeral wetlands, open grasslands and 22km of river frontage. Managed holistically for 30 years, Billabulla management evolved from traditional sheep, cattle and cropping, to a holistic grazing enterprise that prioritises biodiversity outcomes as much as grazing potential. The Mildner family passionately believe in their responsibility as custodians of a special environment. Kate has been involved in advocating and advising on natural resource management issues in the Macquarie catchment for 25 years.


Milan Dhiiyaan means “One Family or One Mob”. Led by Wiradjuri/Wailwaan songwoman and senior cultural educator Nyimirr (Fleur Magick Dennis) and Wailwaan/Yuin songman and senior cultural educator Millmullian (Laurance Magick Dennis), Milan Dhiiyaan provides Aboriginal cultural immersion experiences for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people of our Australian and global community.


Dave Pritchard has worked for almost 40 years in research, policy, legal, management and governance roles in the fields of environment, culture, heritage, and the arts, and has held several non-executive directorships. He is now an independent consultant for bodies including the UN Environment Programme and the Council of Europe and serves on a variety of national and international advisory boards.


Tim Acott is a Reader in Human Geography at the University of Greenwich. He has led numerous research projects on understanding socio-cultural values relating to valuing nature and natural resource management. He has particular interest in arts-based and qualitative social science research approaches, including the Community Voice Method, and is particularly interested in inter- and trans-disciplinary working. His research crosses diverse subject areas including sense of place, social wellbeing, sustainable development, ecosystem services, environmental ethics and environmental politics. He is currently co-leading a UKRI funded project on integrating diverse values into the sustainable management of marine resources in the UK.


Robert Duff replaced Dr Joan Daniels on the panel

Robert Duff is currently the project manager for the Marches Mosses BogLIFE Project that started 5 years ago. He works for Natural England, the UK Government’s statutory adviser on the natural environment.

Prior to this he was involved for 15 years in advising and working with landowners and partners in the conservation management of the wider wetland series found across the local region known as the Meres and Mosses — an array of 200 lakes and peatland bog sites. He has a degree in Environmental and Agricultural Science and a Master’s degree in Ecology.

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