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Regional Conferences at a glance

The NCC holds an annual Regional Conference which shines a spotlight on a different region in NSW each year, empowering member groups, supporters and local communities by providing a platform to highlight the issues facing nature before a state-wide audience. In 2023 Albury hosted the Regional Conference (photo above).

In June 2024 the NCC partnered with a range of regional environmental groups in the Hunter Central Coast to present the annual 2024 Regional Conference in Newcastle

Expressions of interest are now open for the 2025 Regional Conference. The Regional Conference allows the host location and group to showcase their local area and spotlight their local issues to the state-wide attention of the Nature Conservation Council network and the environment movement more broadly. The NCC team will work with your groups to organise the conference together - together deciding on the conference theme, program, location, and more. We will take care of the budget, ticketing, and promotion. Please register your interest in potentially hosting the conference and we will be in touch.

Regional Conferences have been held across the state since 2001 (the first one was in Newcastle and we are delighted it is returning in 2024). Below is a snapshot of conferences held since 2010. Each year there is a different theme and a field trip is organised to get out into the region the following day.

Year Location Member group/s Theme

Newcastle - Glenrock Scout Camp

  • Hunter Community Environment Centre (HCEC)
  • Hunter Jobs Alliance (HJA) 
  • Community Environment Network (CEN), Central Coast
  • Hunter Environment Lobby 
  • Rising Tide 
  • Climate Action Newcastle (CAN) 
  • Hunter Renewal n
  • National Parks Australia (NPA), Hunter Branch + Friends of Tomaree NP
  • Coal-Ash Community Alliance Inc (CCA)
  • EcoNetwork Port Stephens 

"Hunter and Central Coast at the coalface of transition, biodiversity in the balance" and the aims:

  • Explore what is meant by the Hunter Central Coast being at the 'coalface of transition'. 
  • Work together for a future where the environment, nature and climate are at the core of future planning, where renewables are done ‘right’ 
  • Facilitate information sharing, skill development and collaborative planning to influence community practices, influence government and effect change. 
  • Share and celebrate nature in the Hunter Central Coast and the wins that have been made.
  • Showcase local nature, climate and sustainability action and “out of the box” thinking.
  • Provide opportunities for connection between organisations, groups, and conference attendees and strengthen working relationships and create strong alliances.  

Field trip - Glenrock Conservation area and tree planting, viewing of the world's largest coal port, Hunter Wetlands Centre and Hexham Swamp Reserve


Albury –  

Charles Sturt University sustainability campus 

Thurgoona Community Action Group and Albury branch National Parks NSW 

“Connections, Communities, and Change” showcasing the work of experts in their fields and the initiatives of communities, businesses and organisations in the Albury Wodonga area, to realise a sustainable future in harmony with nature across rural and urban settings. 

Field trip - Wonga Wetlands, CSU’s Aquatic Research Facility, Kerr Sustainability Centre, Halve Waste Program 


Armidale -  

Echidna Gully 

Sustainable Living Armidale, Climate Action Armidale, and the Armidale Branch of the National Parks Association of NSW. 

Nature, Climate Change and Renewables and will explore the challenges of how we can protect nature, minimise the impacts of climate change, and transition to renewable energy. A number of renewable energy projects proposed around Armidale and across NSW are posing some significant risks to nature, including the clearing of habitat for new transmission lines. 

Field trip - Metz Solar Farm, Gara travelling stock reserve, Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Armidale Tree Group Nursery 

2021 Batemans Bay – Community Centre  Coastwatchers, South East Region Conservation Alliance (SERCA) and South Coast Health and Sustainability Alliance (SHASA) in Bateman's Bay 

The fires changed everything: Campaigning to protect nature 

A day exploring the issues nature faces on the South Coast, particularly after the bushfires. Included a rally to Save the Swift Parrots at the Forestry Corporation office. 

Field trip - Mogo State Forest 

2020 Online/Central West  Central West Environment Council  Water in Western NSW 
2019 Lismore – Lismore Showgrounds  Friends of the Koala 

Species extinction in a climate crisis. 

Field trip – Friends of the Koala hospital, Protester’s Falls in Nightcap National Park 

2018 Queanbeyan - Jerrabomberra Community Centre  Climate Action Monaro 

Climate change and clean energy opportunities, forests 

Field trip - Kambah Pools bush walk and Mugga Lane Solar farm tour 

2017 Lithgow – Uniting Church  Lithgow Environment Group 

Transitioning our energy system, World Environment Day 

Field trip - Angus Place colliery, Long Swamp and Wolgan Valley

2016 Central West, Dubbo/Orange – Dubbo RSL  Local environment groups 

What’s at stake for nature in the Central West? 

Film screening by the Wilderness Society ‘Biodiversity Conservation Act’ and Q&A 

2015 Bellingen – Bellingen Showground  Bellingen Environment Centre 

Field Trip – 2 options. Canoeing on the Bellingen River or Inspection of clear felled plantation and a walk in Compartment 26/27 which is part of The Great Koala Park 

2014 Bermagui – Bermagui Country Club  South East Region Conservation Alliance Inc (SERCA) 

Marine and Coastal Conservation, Defending land, water and wildlife from mining and gas, Forests and Wildlife 

2013 Bathurst - Rahamim Ecological Learning Community  Central West Environment Council 

Explore key conservation challenges and opportunities for the Central West. 

Field trip - looking at the historic roads and original landscape features of the Bathurst area 

2012 Coffs Harbour - Cavanbah Centre  North Coast Environment Council 

Turning the tide: Inspiring stories of community resistance to mining and coal seam gas expansion 

Field trip – Pine Creek State Forest and Orara Valley 

2011 Batemans Bay – Bay Waters   The Coastwatchers Association 

Renewal and Growth of Environmental Advocacy in NSW 

Field Trip - Surf Beach Industrial Site and the Wharf Road Development 

2010 Gulgong - Red Hill Environmental Education Centre  Central West Environment Council 

Biodiversity and mining impacts 

Field Trip - The Drip Gorge on Goulburn River 


Environment Awards 2024

Nature Conservation Council of NSW is thrilled to announce the return of the NSW Environment Awards, to be held in March 2024. 

Across NSW, tens of thousands of people wake and dedicate their time to the protection and restoration of nature.

From the recently mobilised Turtlewach volunteers combing the NSW Mid North Coast to Gumbayngirr Traditional Owners lighting sacred fires to protect the Country from logging, the dedication and passion of our movements gives me hope for the future.

It would be impossible to celebrate and honour all the amazing people that are fighting to give nature a voice.

However, as the leading voice for nature in NSW, we can certainly try to shine a spotlight on some of the outstanding examples of nature lovers, campaigners, grassroots environmentalists, and conservation groups throughout the state.

Do you know of a group or individual you would like to recognise for their work protecting nature?

Nominations are now closed.


Date: Wednesday March 27
Time: 5.30pm (for 6pm start)
Location: NSW Teachers Federation, Surry Hills

Reserve your spot at the awards night here.

The NSW Environment Awards celebrate the remarkable dedication and achievements of nature lovers, campaigners, grassroots environmentalists, and conservation groups throughout the state.

In 2024, we'll be honouring individuals and groups in the following categories:

Dunphy Award

This award is given to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the conservation of the NSW Environment, and courageously challenged Government and non-Government decision-makers, in honour of Myles and Milo Dunphy. Myles Dunphy (1891-1985) campaigned for national parks and wilderness in NSW and Myles’ son, Milo (1928-1996) led the fight to preserve the Colong Caves and the Kanangra-Boyd wilderness.

Ziggy Megne Volunteer for the Environment Award
The Nature Conservation Council acknowledges and appreciates the valuable contributions made by countless volunteers in a broad range of capacities in past and present environmental campaigns and efforts to make our world a more sustainable place. The Ziggy Megne Volunteer for the Environment Award celebrates these unsung heroes. The award is given to the most outstanding and inspiring individual who has voluntarily contributed their time for the cause of conservation and the environment over the past year.  

Allen Strom Hall of Fame Award
The Nature Conservation Council's Hall of Fame was established in memory of the late Allen Strom’s untiring dedication to conservation and education in NSW. Individuals for this award have been actively involved in the conservation movement for many years, have made a constant and invaluable contribution to the environment and have displayed qualities of integrity, reliability and commitment.  

Marie Byles Award
This award celebrates a group which has initiated an outstanding new environmental campaign, launched in the last 24 months, and has demonstrated strong commitment and passion for the conservation of the NSW environment, in honour of Marie Byles. Marie Byles (1900-1979), the first female solicitor in NSW and a passionate bushwalker, conservationist, explorer, mountaineer and feminist.  

Nature Conservation Council Member Group Award
This award is given to a Member Group of the Nature Conservation Council which has demonstrated outstanding commitment and success in the conservation of the NSW environment.  

Rising Star Award
This award is given to a young individual under the age of 30, who has demonstrated outstanding effort and commitment to the conservation of the NSW environment.  

Jack Mundey Award

This award is given to a person or group who has contributed the most to cooperation between the conservation movement and the trade union movement. In honour of Jack Mundey (1929 – 2020) who was a visionary who understood the struggles for social justice and environmental justice are part of the same broader project — to preserve human dignity in the face of unconstrained development.

Annual Conference 2023

In It to Win It

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW will host its Annual Conference and AGM on Saturday 11th November 2023.

Featuring presentations from groups and speakers across the movement on how and why we must be In It to Win It. Join us to refine our campaign skills, plan for winning, and move with us into action.

Key speakers will include Penny Sharpe MLC, Minister for Environment, Heritage, Energy, and Climate Change, plus environment spokespeople for the Coalition and the Greens.

We're excited to announce our final program, available online here!

In It to Win It will be an interactive conference, with workshops that will provide participants with tools to run, refine and win campaigns for nature and climate.

We invite all who care for nature and climate to come along, in person if you can, to get together and plan to win.

This conference will be a great opportunity for connecting and community-building throughout the day.

NatureNSW acknowledges that this event will be held and broadcast on the unceded lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and their enduring legacy of custodianship and care for Country. Sovereignty was never ceded.


When: The conference will take place from 8.45am - 5:30pm
Where: The NSW Teachers Federation (Surry Hills), and online via Zoom

Tickets available online here

Note: NCC will conduct our Annual General Meeting to elect our Board and pass Member Group motions from 9am – 11:55am. Everyone is welcome to attend the AGM, or arrive after the AGM for the conference program.

For NCC Member Groups, your entitlement to (voting) delegates is based on your membership status and/or number of members. If you have not renewed your membership, please contact us as soon as possible.


Conference papers

Voting delegates declaration form is available here

Proxy vote registration form is available here

The first Circular for member groups and voting delegates is available here

Conference Business Papers for delegates participating in the AGM are available here 

For further information or assistance please email [email protected] or contact 02 9516 1488.