Keynote Speakers


Available in 2019



We are very excited to announce three outstanding individuals, who have a lot of wisdom and practical life experience to share with our attendees.  Between all three, the breadth of our theme, “Diversity, Inclusion and Care in the Outdoors ” will be well covered (and then some!)

We will share more with you about their presentations over the coming months.

Doug Humann AM

Doug Humann AM

Keynote Speaker delivering the Dr Brian Nettleton Lecture on Friday May 31

Doug Humann AM (GAICD, BA (Hons), Dip Ed)

  • Chairman- Landcare Australia
  • Convenor- National Parks Advisory Council

  • Director- Doug Humann & Associates Pty Ltd

Doug has had around 40 years involvement in regional Australia including 30 years leadership experience in the environmental sector. Doug led Bush Heritage Australia (1997 – 2011) to national prominence before establishing his own consultancy working for environmental NGOs, Indigenous groups, traditional owners and natural resource management /catchment management authorities. Doug provides advice and support on a range of strategic, investment, project and governance matters, and is particularly involved in building partnerships and collaborations.  Doug’s outdoor interests include extensive wilderness walking in south eastern Australia and travel across the country on a regular basis, and he was an early graduate of the Bushwalking and Mountaincraft Leadership course in the 1980s. His current leadership responsibilities include Chairman of Landcare Australia, Convenor of the National Parks Advisory Council (Victoria) and Deputy Chair of Dhelkunya Dja Traditional Owner Land Management Board, along with a number of other roles for environmental and Indigenous NGOs.

Merinda Dryden

Merinda Dryden

Keynote Speaker Friday afternoon, May 31

Merinda Dryden is a Dja Dja Wurrung and Yorta Yorta young woman living in Melbourne and currently working as an Aboriginal Training and Development Officer at the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency. (VACCA)

In 2016 Merinda was crowned Victoria Miss NAIDOC and participated in the National Indigenous Youth Parliament in 2017. She is currently a Youth Ambassador for the National Youth Commissioner, in the Youth Healing Foundation Advisory Group and an Advocate for Aboriginal kids in out-of-home care.

Merinda had limited knowledge of her Aboriginal heritage while growing up, as she lived in out-of-home care. This affected her self-confidence, sense of wellbeing and identity. In 2014 Merinda re-connected with her family, which began her cultural journey. She is passionate about ensuring that the voices of young people are heard in the development of suicide prevention solutions for Aboriginal communities moving forward.


Sally Goldner

Sally Goldner

Keynote speaker on Saturday June 1

Sally Goldner’s involvement of nineteen years in Victoria’s queer communities includes Transgender Victoria, co-facilitator of Transfamily, presenter of 3 CR’s “Out of the Pan” and Treasurer of Bisexual Alliance Victoria.

She is the focus of an autobiographical documentary “Sally’s Story” and a life member of 4 queer organisations.

She was inducted into the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll in 2016, awarded LGBTI Victorian of the Year in 2015, noted in The Age’s Top 100 most creative and influential people in Melbourne in 2011 and awarded Activist of the Year at the 2010 ALSO Awards.

She is an educator, speaker, MC and occasional performer (all in contrast to her original accountancy training) …and watch this space for more to come!