Stirring the Possum

To liven things up, create a disturbance; raise issues that others wish left dormant. GA Wilkes, Australian Dictionary of Colloquialisms   

What's Stirring the Possum all about?

Stirring the Possum is a series of events that aim to encourage discussion about environmental issues. The events explore current thinking and innovative solutions through an engaging panel discussion, followed by audience questions. The first event was held in 2004 and has attracted a strong following ever since. Each event is hosted by Allan Holmes, Chief Executive of the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.

Meet the host

Allan Holmes is the Chief Executive of the South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Allan has a wealth of experience across a range of environmental and scientific disciplines, including biochemistry, agriculture, forestry, land management, conservation and environmental protection,

Allan is an innovative leader, with energy, focus and determination to help make South Australia a more sustainable place. He passionately encourages community interest and debate in environmental issues, and believes we all have a role to play in making a difference.

As host of Stirring the Possum, Allan is a skilled communicator who will encourage your thinking about human impact on the natural world. He enjoys engaging with people from all walks of life and his thoughtful discussions will inspire you to ask the important questions and activate change for the environment in your community.