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Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

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South Brisbane, QLD 4101

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MEMBER ONLY EVENT

Dress: Business Casual
Time: 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start
Location: "Sky Room", Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
RSVP: COB Monday 10 July

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Student Tickets - $40 + fees - The RAeS Queensland Branch is sponsoring a discount of $85 per student.

Member Tickets - $100 + fees - The RAeS Queensland Branch is sponsoring a discount of $25 per member.

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Mr. John Wagner
Director, Wagners and Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport developer

John Wagner, along with brothers Denis, Neill and Joe established construction materials and infrastructure company Wagners in 1989.

As one of Queensland’s most successful family-owned and operated businesses, the Wagners built Australia’s newest airport, Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, the first greenfield public airport since Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) opened almost 50 years ago. John and his brothers built the multi-million-dollar airport, which opened in late 2014, to create connectivity to the Darling Downs region and as a long-term multi-generational asset. The airport services about 74 weekly flights into and out of the region through airlines QantasLink, Airnorth, Regional Air Express and Cathay Pacific Airways (international freight only).

Wagners started in Toowoomba with a small concrete operation and is today considered one of Queensland’s greatest success stories. A prostate cancersurvivor, John is part of the founding committee for prostate cancer charity, It’s A Bloke Thing, which has raised more than $4million for research and education since in started in 2011.

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The Queensland Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society Australian Division and Aircraft Airworthiness and Sustainment Conference invites members of the Society and Corporate Partner employees to the annual Sir Hudson Fysh Dinner.

Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport - the story behind the success to date and the plans for the future.

RISK TAKERS: Who builds an airport with no government funding and no customers? – It was a gamble that has paid off for the Wagners.

FIRST CUSTOMER: The airport’s first customer was Qantas, with the inaugural QantasLink flight to Sydney on November 17 2014.

AVIATION: John first fell in love with aviation as a young boy, when his uncle, who was a priest, took him to watch planes landing and taking off from airports in Brisbane and Toowoomba.

FLYING and FAMILY: John comes from a large family; five boys and three girls. He holds a private pilot’s fixed wing and helicopter licence and a command instrument rating. His 21-year-old daughter Grace holds a private pilot’s licence – John was her first passenger in September last year. John’s son Jack holds a private helicopter licence.

Three of John’s brothers also fly, as well as two of his nephews.

INTERNATIONAL: The first international 747-8 freight flight (CX 028) left the airport bound for Hong Kong on November 23 2015.

CRITICS: The airport has had some adversaries, many who did not think it could be built. But it was, and in a record 19 months. All the materials were sourced and reused on site.

GOING GREEN: The airport is regarded as the world’s most environmentally-friendly airport, built using Wagners award-winning Earth Friendly Concrete (EFC). EFC is the lowest carbon, cement-free geopolymer concrete currently available and during the construction of the airport generated 6,600 tonnes less carbon than Portland Cement.

NATIONAL MILESTONE: Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport is the country’s first ever greenfield privately-built public airport and the first public airport to be built in more than 50 years.

SUPPORTERS: Almost 30,000 people turned up to the airport’s first open day in 2013, when it was little more than a patch of dirt.

PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES: As a young boy John was very interested in machinery. During class time the principal at his Toowoomba school let him drive a backhoe on the school’s oval.

FUNDRAISING: Along with three mates John, a prostate cancer survivor, has spearheaded a major fundraising initiative – It’s A Bloke Thing – one of Australia’s most successful daytime fundraising events (last year about 1.4m was raised at the Toowoomba-based event).

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The Royal Aeronautical Society Australian Division is a Technical Society of Engineers Australia. Attendance at this event can contribute towards your personal CPD. Please check the website for more details.

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