Marine Speaker Evenings


Guest Speaker for April 9th 2019 – Dr Andrew Christie

On Tuesday 9 APRIL 2019 – 7.00pm for 7.30pm Dr Andrew Christie will present at BEAUMARIS SENIORS CENTRE, 96 RESERVE RD, BEAUMARIS. Dr Andrew Christie is a lecturer in aquaculture and aquatic environmental management at Melbourne Polytechnic’s Epping campus, where he has worked for the past 18 years. He is also President of Marine Care Point
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Guest Speaker for December – Simon Branigan

On Tuesday 18 December, Simon Branigan, Marine Restoration Co-ordinator with The Nature Conservancy, will present on a number of projects concerning the ecological health of Port Phillip Bay. Holding a Master of Environmental Management, Simon is particularly passionate about marine and coastal restoration – a passion informed by growing up fishing, diving and surfing throughout Australia
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Guest Speaker for October – Nicole Mertens

On Tuesday, 16th October Nicole Mertens, ReefWatch Project Officer, Victorian National Parks Association will present on how ReefWatch projects are helping to understand the challenges our Bay faces – from re-establishing long lost oyster reefs to using nudibranchs as indicators of climate change. Nicole is a budding next-gen expert on the health of southern Australia’s reefs. As
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Guest Speaker for August – Hazel Stanworth

21 August 2018 Hazel Stanworth, Marine Biodiversity Policy Officer, DELWP on how population growth & climate change will impact our bay. She will also discuss the urbanisation and agricultural intensity in the catchment, more services and facilities, greater volumes of stormwater, sewage, litter and how the bay will cope. After achieving first class honours in a marine
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 In 2017 and 2018 we hosted some wonderful speakers.


19 June 2018

Dr Liz Morris of the University of Melbourne School of Bio-Sciences gave a talk about managing discharges to Port Phillip Bay and provided an excellent summary of the ideas behind our current water testing methodologies.



17 April 2018

Chris Smyth is an independent environmental consultant with a major focus on marine and coastal research and writing.  Chris was the Marine and Coastal Coordinator at the Victorian National Park Association (VNPA) from 2015-2017, including stints as VNPA’s Executive Director and Program Manager.

Up until October 2012, Chris was the Healthy Oceans Campaigner at the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) where his work focused on the establishment of marine protected areas, ecosystem-based regional marine planning, national marine legislative reform and sustainable seafood.

Since 2000 Chris has focused on marine and coastal advocacy – national & marine parks, with the Victorian National Parks Association (VNPA) and national marine planning & reserves, & relevant law reform, with the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF).

Chris will advise us on the contentious changes recently proposed – in the form of management plans – for Australia’s 21st Century National Marine Reserves. How can we rule the oceans wisely?


20 February 2018

P.T. Hirschfield from Pink Tank Scuba spoke after our AGM on 20 February.

P.T. Hirschfield is an underwater photographer specialising in marine life portraits, and whose videos feature unique marine life behaviours. See her work at the Pink Tank Scuba below:

YouTube: LINK

She also writes a monthly column for Dive Log Australasia.


21 February 2017

Professor Stephen Swearer, Marine Biologist at the University of Melbourne, spoke about Restoring the lost kelp forests of Port Phillip Bay.

He and his team work on the Reef Ecosystem Evaluation Framework (REEF) project funded by the Victorian Government, which was established to examine the effect of sea urchins and potential anthropogenic stressors (sediment and nutrients) associated with urbanisation on the local and system-wide dynamics of rocky reefs in Port Phillip Bay (PPB), Victoria. LINK


21 March 2017

Professor Ian Rae, Honorary Professorial Fellow in the School of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne, spoke about, the Friends of Williamstown Wetlands’ litter project.

Friends of Williamstown Wetlands Inc. (in conjunction with Hobsons Bay City Council and Parks Victoria) extended its activities to the newly-reconstituted Paisley-Challis Wetland.  While concentrating on revegetation of degraded land, the group has always paid attention to litter control and has participated each year in Clean Up Australia Day. 


16 May 2017

Brad Jessup, a human geographer and an environmental law specialist at the University of Melbourne, spoke on Reflecting on Justice and the Channel Deepening Project.

The Victorian bureaucracy is pondering a state strategy on Environmental Justice to fulfil an election promise of the current Andrews Labor Government.



17 October 2017

Professor John Buckeridge, Natural Resources Engineering, RMIT, Melbourne, stepped in at the eleventh hour to give us a delightful and enthusiastic talk all about the Local fossils found in the Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary.





17 December 2017

Dr Tim O’Hara from Museums Victoria, spoke on Ocean Biodiversity and Climate Change.

Tim has been Senior Curator of Marine Invertebrates at Museums Victoria since 2001. In this role, he investigates the distribution of biodiversity across the ocean seafloor, by combining data from museum collections from across the planet.