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Women for the Environment breakfast, Cairns 2024

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Bush Heritage Australia invites you to join us for a thought-provoking networking breakfast, featuring inspiring women in leadership providing their insights and guidance on collaboration for a nature positive future.

Across the world, business, governments and communities are intensifying their response to the ongoing threats of climate change, biodiversity loss and the associated impacts. 

These are complex, critical issues that we’re facing, which don't have a single way to resolve, but many. This is the shared challenge of our lifetime, and right now we’re in a very transformative stage, which is incredibly exciting, if a little overwhelming!

Whether you’re in government or local council, an NGO or not-for profit, academia, or working in ESG private sector, we’re all in this for a better world, and cross-sector collaboration is key to creating a nature positive future.

Friday 26 July 2024

7.30AM - 10.30AM

Grand Ballroom
Hilton Cairns
34 Esplanade, Cairns


Lucy Graham, Director, Cairns and Far North Environment Centre

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Lucy was born in Cairns and grew up on the Atherton Tablelands. Playing and learning in the amazing FNQ environment meant she developed a deep love for the wide-ranging nature that our region has. Her early years were spent as an Outdoor Educator and Tour Guide, before moving into environmental and climate advocacy and organising. She now proudly leads the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre, one of 9 Regional conservation groups in Queensland. 

Lucy has a B. Sustainability, majoring in Social Science from JCU, and has worked with organisations such as The Wilderness Society, GetUp and the Queensland Conservation Council, and volunteers across a number of community organisations locally. 

Melissa Sinclair, General Manager, APN Cape York

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Melissa is passionate about social justice and the environment and her career has spanned digital communications, environmental policy research, and community engagement and development, and environmental management. Melissa has worked in various environmental management and governance roles since 2008 with a focus on Indigenous empowerment and sustainable development. 

Since 2022 Melissa has been the General Manager of APN Cape York overseeing biodiversity conservation, fire management for carbon abatement and cattle management on the Wik homelands in remote western Cape York, a vast area of spectacular coastal wetlands and country of major ecological significance. Melissa has a Master of Arts, International Relations, a Master of Environmental Management and is currently undertaking an MBA, Social Impact.

Sarah Hoyal, Biodiversity and Climate Leader, Terrain Natural Resource Management

Sarah has over 20 years’ experience as an environmental and social science professional, finding solutions to complex environmental and social problems in urban and remote Australia and internationally. 

Sarah's success lies in her sound scientific experience and ability to forge strong relationships with diverse stakeholders including corporations, research organisations, local Councils, conservation, and Indigenous organisations.

Her key competencies lie in environmental markets, program and policy development, contract management, conflict management, facilitation and negotiation skills, governance and cross-cultural communication.


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Kim Skubris

Kim is an experienced journalist with over 25 years working in both Australia and overseas. Kim has reported on some of Australia’s biggest stories at home, and abroad, from natural disasters to war zones. For the last two decades Kim has also been a media consultant, MC and keynote speaker.


  • Rachel Lowry, CEO, Bush Heritage Australia
  • Katharine Tapley, Head of Sustainable Finance, ANZ Banking Group


    Your ticket fee goes towards the conservation work of Bush Heritage Australia. As a not-for-profit organisation, we rely greatly on donations from supporters. Please consider making a donation to Bush Heritage Australia.

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    Bush Heritage acknowledges the Gimuy-walubarra yidi traditional custodians of the Gimuy lands in Cairns and surrounding district, upon whose land this event will take place.

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