Sustainability in Action – An Outback Bus Tour

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Venue Details

Ibis Styles Mt Isa Verona

Cnr Rodeo Dr
Mount Isa, QLD, AU 4825

07 4743 3024

Early Bird prices apply for this event.  see registration form for details

Welcome to THE ISA – one day local tour Mt Isa- Friday 25th March 2016

(PLEASE NOTE:  Participants on Outback Bus Tour travelling from Longreach will not arrive in time to attend this local tour)

Welcome to “The Isa” – Kalkadoon country, the largest outback town in Queensland has earned its status as capital of the outback. It’s a unique community – an outback mining town whose night time skyline twinkles like a city as the mine lights up, where towering mine stacks mix with stunning outback landscapes, and where long term locals and history meets with those just passing through and new developments. Join us for a bus tour of the town and participating ECEC services, where we will explore some of this unique community and culture and in particular see how these services meet the unique needs of families, children and community. Visiting the services, viewing their facilities and hearing about their action research journeys we will hear just what sustainability means for them, and hopefully gain a taste and flavour of the unique character of this outback city.

Welcome to THE ISA – Showcasing Dinner Mt Isa – Friday 25th March 2016

Join us to welcome locals and visitors as they come from far and wide over an evening meal, where we will showcase their journeys of discovery and learning through action Research in outback Qld.

2 course meal and refreshments provided

Sustainability in Action – An Outback Bus Tour – Friday 25th March 2016 – 28th March 2016

Leaving Longreach – Friday 25th March picking up at Winton, stopping at Kynuna and picking up at Cloncurry arriving Mt Isa for the showcasing dinner (overnight accommodation)

Leaving Mt Isa – Saturday 26th March, stopping Cloncurry, Julia Creek and Hughenden (overnight accommodation)

Leaving Hughenden – Sunday 27th March stopping Winton and Longreach (overnight accommodation)

Leaving Longreach – Monday 28th March dropping off at Winton and Cloncurry and final stop Mt Isa


A learning experience that will literally transport you – with thought provoking presentations and displays, a range of activities and experiences, input from experts, facilitated reflections and conversations and the opportunity to meet other professionals, make new friendships and build on and strengthen existing relationships and networks. If you are from the region this is a rare chance to meet and spend time with others in the North West, to see other services and to share your own experience with likeminded peers. For those from other parts of Queensland this will be an amazing opportunity to see services, communities and country that will broaden your professional and personal horizons. Either way, this will be a truly unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime professional experience that will inspire, delight, challenge and change you.


We can offer support to allow you to participate in this event if it is outside your local area to be exposed to learning opportunities and to network with other professionals.

Applications for conference participation support are invited from OSHC, FDC, In-Home Care, Budget Based Services and State Funded Kindergarten services. – See more by clicking this link at:

PDF: Sustainability in Action – An Outback Bus Tour Itinerary 




Presenter Biography
Margaret Sear

Margaret Sear has taught in community kindergartens since 1969 and is a leading practitioner in the area of Education for Sustainability. This was reflected in all areas of her teaching at C&K Redlands Community Kindergarten where she worked to enrich the outdoor environment of the Kindergarten as a stimulating, challenging and natural play-space for children that encourages free choice, and constructive risk taking through the inclusion and use of natural play materials. Margaret has been recognised by Redland City Council for her efforts to promote sustainable practices in industry and was awarded a World Environment Day Workplace Champion Award at the 2010 World Environment Day celebrations. Margaret has worked to achieve sustainable environments and practices throughout the Centre and in 2013 Margaret and her centre won the C&K Eco-Efficiency Award for Sustainability. She featured in the ECA PLP EYLF videos and several ECA TAPS articles. Margaret is President of and a long time member of QECSN Inc. (Queensland Early Childhood Sustainability Network) and is presently consulting with and mentoring services in sustainable practices including curriculum and environments. She is a member of ROGI Redlands Organic Growers and promotes organic principles.

Lee Gane

Lee draws on many years of practical experience in the Education and Care sector, sharing a wealth of knowledge, skills and expertise drawn from her lived experiences in a range of roles across Education and Care. As an Educator, Early Childhood Teacher, Director, Approved Provider and Reviewer. Lee is driven and passionate about working in partnership with Education and Care professionals to build on existing knowledge and skills. With a commitment to play based pedagogy in Education and Care through strengths based approaches. Acknowledging that to build a sustainable Education and Care workforce well equipped to educate and nurture children’s Belonging, Being and Becoming, we need to work in partnership with educators to connect with our values, beliefs and practice framework, to be able to advocate, motivate and co-create the future for education and care we aspire to.

Hyahno Moser

Like most children of his generation, Hyahno spent most of his leisure time outside, therefore it came as no surprise to his family when he choose a career in Outdoor Education. For 10 years, Hyahno was involved in devising, facilitating, teaching and leading young people through worldclass, outdoor education programs, using adventure and nature to teach children vital life-skills. Hyahno is passionate about nature play and believes the Nature Play program is a positive and practical way to ensure children participate in unstructured play in nature, delivering the myriad of benefits this type of play offers their physical and emotional health.

Dr Rachael Sharman

Dr Rachael Sharman is a lecturer and researcher in psychology, specialising in child/adolescent development. Rachael’s research is focused on the optimal and healthy development of the paediatric brain. Rachael has a long history in working in child-related fields and remains committed to research that ensures children have the best possible chance to meet their full potential.

Angela Wright

Angela Wright is the Principal Advisor, Strategy and Policy for the Redland City Council City Spaces Group. She is also on the management committees of Parks and Leisure Australia (Qld) and the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation. In her spare time Angela advocates through work with Nature Play Qld for children to have better and more meaningful access to natural areas for a whole range of benefits including play

Anya Perkins

Whilst completing a degree in Primary Education Anya developed a professional interest in the area of outdoor learning and was first introduced to the Forest School concept. She decided to take her study into outdoor learning further, completing her Master in Education, specialising in outdoor learning. She later spent three years as an Early Years teacher, while also training as a Level 3 Forest School Leader. During this period Anya created an on-site Forest School area and coordinated a whole school development towards increasing outdoor learning opportunities. She then took on an outdoor learning coordinator role within a larger school environment, delivering a Forest School program to pupils, in addition to supporting colleagues with the school’s movement towards outdoor based learning. Due to popular demand by parents and pupils alike, Anya also ran a series of highly successful Forest School holiday club programs in a local woodland.

Roslyn Von Senden

Roslyn Von Senden is a Kalkadoon Women with ancestral ties to Kalkadoon land and comes from a tradition of artists, storytellers, healers and lore people. By qualification, Roslyn is a teacher, leader, nurturer and carer of children and their families. She has worked in various roles nationally, state and locally where she has advised systems, designed and presented professional development programs. Roslyn is an advocate on human rights, social justice and the welfare and rights of children and Aboriginal peoples.

Caroline Fewster

Prior to developing Bond University’s Bachelor of Children’s Services’ program, Caroline Fewster enjoyed a long and varied career working with children in a wide range of Children’s Services’ care and teaching situations.  Starting out as a pre-school teacher in the ACT, she progressed to advisory and consultancy roles with regional and government education authorities.  Her experience encompasses all aspects of early  all aspects of early childhood learning, from classroom teaching to managing services and from educating future teachers to consulting and developing professional development programs.  She continues to consult for a range of non-government, community-based and corporate organisations, as well as local, state and the Commonwealth government.  As such, she offers early childhood educators a wealth of real world knowledge, combined with high level qualifications and superior teaching skills.

In 2006, then Assistant Professor Fewster received the prestigious Carrick Institute Award for Innovative and collaborative approaches to  learning in the field of Children’s services.”   Bond University “Working with Children” (2007)

As from July 2012, retained as Adjunct Professor at Bond University, Caroline is now exclusively devoting her time and experience by continuing to  work extensively with Children’s Services throughout Australia, developing customised professional development programs for early childhood educators  Feedback from these organisations indicates the success of the ‘wonderful, innovative and practical ideas that she demonstrates during the programs’.

Stephen Gallen

Stephen has nearly 25 years’ experience  in the early childhood field, across all service types, but with a focus in long day care.  He has also been delivering professional development in the field for over a decade.  He was a founding member of the QUT Student Guild Kelvin Grove Centre (School St), and has been working with emergent curriculum and related perspectives for many years.  He is interested in how childcare professionals and children find meaning in their work together using documentation.

Stephen Gallen has worked with a focus on pioneering and developing Emergent Curriculum and Reggio Emilia inspired programs in Brisbane.  He has also worked in delivering professional development with Gowrie, TAFE and QUT.