North Queensland Regional Conference 2021

North Queensland Regional Conference 2021
The theme for this year, “Reefs, Catchments and Resilience”, aligns with the Association’s Strategy to Share, Connect and Inspire professionals across the water industry, including with its affiliates.

Delegates will be provided with opportunities to:
 - SHARE: information and knowledge that is relevant to regional Queensland
 - CONNECT: with members and water professionals from diverse industries
 - INSPIRE: each other to make a positive change within the water industry; both urban and rural

The conference will continue to provide a strong technical focus and the forum for social interaction and networking that delegates have come to expect from the event. Papers and presentations will provide learnings, insights and showcase approaches to water management and infrastructure relevant to the region. The series of North Queensland Regional Conferences have been very successful over the years, with over 130 people attending recent regional conferences.

Conference Program    
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Conference details
Date: Thursday 29 & Friday 30 July 2021
Venue: Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC) 
Conference Dinner: Thursday 29 July 2021
Conference Dinner Venue: Mantra Mackay

Pre-conference Site Tour (sponsored by TRILITY) - SOLD OUT
To complement our exciting conference program, we are pleased to offer a pre-conference site tour which can be added at the time of registration. Conference Host Sponsor Mackay Regional Council along with Site Tour Sponsor TRILITY will showcase the following sites:
 - Mackay Laboratory Services
 - Mackay South Water Recycling Facility
 - AJK HumiSoil (processing of waste into fertiliser product)
Tour Details:
Date: Wednesday, 28 July 2021
Time: 12.15pm - 4.30pm 
Pickup and drop-off: Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre
PPE Requirements: Please wear closed in shoes, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and safety vest. 
Cost (includes a BBQ lunch on arrival at the first site)
Member - $25
Non-member - $35 

Registration - Registration is now closed
 Registration type       Member      

Earlybird Full Conference Registration (includes dinner 29/7)
 $603 $846
Standard Full Conference Registration (includes dinner 29/7)  $670 $940
One-day Conference Registration
Speaker - Earlybird - Full Conference Registration (includes Dinner 29/7)   $542.70  $761.40
Speaker - Standard Full Conference Registration (includes dinner 29/7)  $603 $846
Student - Standard Full Conference Registration (includes dinner 29/7)    $335    $470 
Student - One-day Conference Registration   $206   $288.50 

1. Earlybird closes midnight Friday, 25 June 2021
2. A one-day conference registrations does not include a dinner ticket. Should you wish to attend the dinner, you must purchase a dinner ticket in addition to your registration (Member: $110 / Non-member: $154).
3. If you are an employee of a corporate member of the Association you are entitled to the member rate.

Smarter Investment in Wastewater and Water Management Forum
Wednesday 28 July | 8.30am - 12.30pm 
The day before the Conference kicks off, the Queensland Government is hosting the Smarter Investment in Wastewater and Water Management Forum in Mackay. The half-day interactive forum, organised in partnership with qldwater and the Local Government Association of Queensland, will share insights and lessons learnt in managing water and wastewater for smarter investment across the Reef catchment and improved water quality outcomes for the Great Barrier Reef. For further details and registration please click here or for any questions please contact Jamie Corfield.

Young Water Professional Conference Attendance - Expressions of Interest now closed
Zemek Environmental has kindly sponsored the registration of one Young Water Professional (YWP) or student to attend the 2021 North Queensland Regional Conference. The recipient will be selected through an Expression of Interest (EOI) process, and will be at the discretion of the Conference Organising Committee. The recipient will receive a full conference registration inclusive of the conference dinner. Travel expenses will need to be covered by the recipient.

Accommodation in Mackay

Quest Mackay (38 MacAlister St)
Walk to MECC = 6 minutes

Rydges Mackay Suites (9 Gregory St)
Walk to MECC = 7 minutes

Quest Mackay on Gordon (27 Gordon St)
Walk to MECC = 11 minutes

Oaks Mackay Rivermarque Hotel (55/63 River St)
Walk to MECC = 11 minutes

Lanai Riverside Apartments
 (20 River St)
Walk to MECC = 12 minutes

Riviera Mackay (5/7 Nelson St)
Walk to MECC = 12 minutes

COVIDSafe Guidelines
The Association has closely followed Government recommendations to develop COVIDSafe Guidelines for AWA events. These guidelines will be in place at all face-to-face events and have been developed to ensure attendee and staff health and safety. Your support is also essential to keep this event COVIDSafe. We ask that delegates observe good hygiene and physical distancing at the event. If you are feeling unwell, please do not attend the event. Please notify AWA via email that you are feeling unwell and unable to attend no later than 7am on Thursday 29 July and you will receive a full refund (no refunds will be provided for no shows).

For more information please contact:
Conference: KATIE TREVOR, Senior Events Manager | Ph: 02 9467 8419 | E:
Trade Exhibition: STEPHEN COMEY, Senior Exhibition Manager | Ph: 02 9467 8406 | E:
Sponsorship: ELANA HUTHNANCE, Membership & Sponsorship Manager | Ph: 02 9467 8417  | E:

Thank you to our generous sponsors


29/07/2021 - 30/07/2021

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