Brisbane City Council Guest Speakers
Dale is Curator of Brisbane’s two Botanic Gardens and Sherwood Arboretum. His diverse background also includes tourism, design and underlying all of this – a love for horticulture and botanic gardens. Qualifications include a Bachelor of Visual Arts from James Cook University and Advanced Diploma’s in Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management. Dale commenced at Brisbane in 2015 following 12 years at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens and 2 years as president of Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand (BGANZ). Dale is current Chair of the Council of Heads of Australian Botanic Gardens (CHABG). Dale is impassioned about botanic gardens and their role in conserving and researching flora in the face of a changing climate and increasing human impacts on the environment. How our botanic gardens and arboreta are perceived and utilised by the wider community, and making a difference in everyones lives is Dale's focus for the future of Brisbane’s botanic gardens.
Paul Hoffman, an avid Horticulturist with twenty-five years’ experience in the parks and gardens industry, currently acting as the Operations Manager at Roma Street Parkland- the world’s largest urban subtropical garden, renowned as a prime example of contemporary garden design within Australia. Paul’s appetite for gardening, greenkeeping, landscaping as well as parks and gardens management and sustainability ensured this passion prospered into a successful and well-established career. Paul’s career highlights include writing for subTropical Gardening magazine, presenting for The Garden Gurus on Channel Nine and lecturing on Horticulture at the Brisbane Institute of TAFE.