Western Australia field trip

Event details
Sunday 25 August to Friday 30 August
8.00am to 5.00pm
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AEGN hosted
Sunday 25 August 8:00 am to Friday 30 August 5:00 pm

We are excited to announce the AEGN will host a field trip to Western Australia this August. Commencing the evening of Sunday 25 August in Perth and concluding  late afternoon on Friday 30 August in Broome, the trip will include:  

  • WA overview: one day summit in Perth with scientists, advocates and campaigners to gain an overview of the state of nature in WA and the climate and decarbonisation issues and opportunities in Australia’s largest state and their national (and global) significance. Learn about fundable campaigns and projects, followed by an evening function to meet leading WA organisations.  
  • Pilbara and the Burrup Peninsula: tour of extraordinary rock art and speakers on issues and opportunities in the region and a night on Country with Traditional Owners.  
  • Broome and beyond: meet and hear from local organisations and leaders on gas and fracking, renewable energy opportunities and protection of lands and waters and spend a night on Country with Traditional Owners.   

While we encourage you to take part in the full WA trip journey, you are welcome to attend only specific components of the trip.   

Field trip program available here.

Why Western Australia?  

WA is responsible for 60 per cent of Australia’s gas exports and the industry has plans for a massive expansion that will have significant impacts on our climate as well as nature and implications for Traditional Owners. The trip will explore how philanthropy can help to avert this fossil fuel expansion.  

WA holds the key to decarbonising industry and supercharging renewable energy and if done right can cut not only Australia’s emissions but make a significant contribution globally. What is needed to accelerate this transition in a way that is good not only for climate but for nature and communities?  

WA covers one third of the country with lands and seas that are unique and diverse, and which include some of the last great wilderness areas on earth. How can we ensure these precious places are protected from development and in the best possible shape to withstand the challenge of a changing climate?  

Culture is vibrant and strong and First Nations leaders and communities have a critical role to play in securing a safe climate and protecting nature. What is needed to enable Traditional Owners to participate fairly in decision-making and to live and work on Country in the way that they choose?  

And what is philanthropy’s role, beyond contributing initial funding to the organisations we meet and hear from on the trip?  

Who is the trip for? 

This is a funder-only field trip. All AEGN members and non-members who are funders are invited to attend. The field trip is designed for funders that are brand new to funding WA as well as those who are well across the issues facing the region.   

Who will we meet with?  

On the trip we will meet advocates, campaigners, scientists, Traditional Owners and community leaders, and have the privilege of visiting some amazing places.   

When is the trip?  

The trip will run from the evening of Sunday 25 August in Perth to around 4:30pm on Friday 30 August in Broome.  We will travel via a combination of bus and plane. We will stay in a variety of hotels and Tuesday and Thursday night we will be spent on Country in swags.

Will the trip be physically challenging? 

The itinerary includes guided walks of several kilometres through a range of landscapes, all of which are designed for people with an average level of fitness. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the journey. 

What will it cost?  

The full field trip costs $5500 incl. gst per head. This covers all your expenses apart from flights to Perth to start the trip and home from Broome. We also ask that participants cover their own drinks during field trip dinners. We encourage you to participate in the full trip experience, but you are welcome to come along for specific components. Participation in the one day WA Environment and Climate Environmental Philanthropy Summit on Monday 26 August costs $150 – view details and program for one-day summit here.

Costs for other components of the trip available on request. The AEGN aims for field trips to break even.  

Book your ticket

Given some of our planned activities, parts of the trip will have limited numbers.  

To book your ticket register via the form indicating if you are participating in the full trip or one day Perth summit.  We will send you an invoice accordingly. Bookings close and full payment due by Friday 19 July 2024.  

For more information or if you have any questions please contact Ione – or 0434 367 129 

Pre Field Trip Webinars 

We will host two webinars to prepare for the field trip and provide background information on the Pilbara and the Kimberely.  We will advise on the timing of these shortly. Webinars will be recorded for anyone who is unable to attend. 

Funding pledges as a result of the trip  

We will meet with a number of grant-seeking organisations during the trip. We ask that participants make a minimum $7,500 contribution to one of these organisations as a result. In order for funds to be shared equitably across these organisations we will work through a process that sees each organisation receive some funding.  We appreciate that some participants may not be in a position to direct funds to the organisation of their choice or to distribute funds as a result of the trip due to the structure of their organisation. Please let us know if this is the case (Ione –