2018 Regional Conference: Queanbeyan

REGISTRATION FOR THE CONFERENCE IS NOW OPEN- Please register now to secure your spot. 

The 2018 Regional Environment Conference, jointly hosted with Climate Action Monaro, will be held at the Jerrabomberra Community Centre on Saturday and Sunday, May 26th and 27th. The conference will include a full day program on the Saturday, a conference dinner on the Saturday night and an optional field trip on the Sunday. 

Program

You can see the program here

Saturday will be a program of panel discussions and workshops at the Community Centre. Saturday night will be a dinner at a Thai restaurant in Queanbeyan, and Sunday will be a field trip from Kambah pools and a tour of Mugga Lane Solar park. 

The Sunday morning guided tour of the Mugga Lane Solar Park (MLSP), located about 15 minutes drive from the Jerrabomberra Community Centre. The Solar Park is a 13MWac photo-voltaic facility housing a combination of Single Axis tracking and ground mounted solar arrays with over 53,000 solar PV panels. Attendees are asked to wear long sleeved shirts, trousers and enclosed shoes. Hi Vis vests will be supplied.

The group will leave the Jerrabomberra Community Centre at 10.30 and assemble at the Solar Park at 10.45. The tour will last about an hour, finishing in time for lunch in Queanbeyan (not catered).

For those wanting an energising and refreshing morning walk before the tour, there will be a two hour walk starting at Pine Island, and providing great Murrumbidgee River views. The walk will start at 7.45am from Pine Island Road where there is plenty of parking, and will finish in time for the short drive to the Solar Farm at Tuggeranong.

Aims

The aims of the regional conference are to:

  • Provide an opportunity for networking between NCC members, executive, staff, representatives and local conservationists;
  • Provide an opportunity for information sharing, skills development and collaborative planning on key policy and campaign issues; and
  • Strengthen working relationships between existing NCC members and to provide an opportunity for potential members to learn more about our work.

Registration

Registration is through eventbrite here. The registration fee includes access to the program and field trip, and lunch Saturday. Please share widely with your networks. If costs are prohibitive to your attending please be in touch at outreach@nature.org.au 

Minutes

Minutes will be available to download here after the event.

Travel

There are buses that go regularly from Canberra to Queanbeyan (Bus number 830). There are buses from Queanbeyan to Jerrabomberra (Bus number 839 takes 11 minutes) or a taxi takes 6 minutes. The train from Sydney to Queanbeyan takes 4 hours with 3 services a day. Murray’s bus coaches depart hourly from Central station Sydney to the Canberra Interchange. There is a bus (772) that goes from Cooma to Queanbeyan. There are regular flights from Sydney to Canberra with Qantas and Virgin.

If you are driving and have room in your car, please let us know so we can coordinate lifts for those who require them, especially from Queanbeyan station. You can email outreach@nature.org.au if you need a lift, or can offer one.

Accommodation

There are various accommodation options in Queanbeyan. There are also some Air BnB options.

  • Crestview Tourist Park
  • Margeurita Motel
  • MAS Country Hamilton's
  • Canberra Avenue Villas
  • Parkway Motel
  • Best Western Central Motel
  • Quality Inn Country Plaza Queanbeyan
  • Mid City Motor Inn

Further Information

For more information please contact Network Organiser Jacqui Mumford, (02) 9516 1488, outreach@nature.org.au.