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RGA 2019 Annual Conference: "The People of the Rice Industry"

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Corowa RSL

30 Betterment Parade

Corowa, NSW 2646


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Go to the link for more details about this year's Annual Conference program https://www.rga.org.au/annualconference2019.

The Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia (RGA) invites to you to attend the RGA Annual Conference, including the Annual General Meeting, at the Corowa RSL Club, Corowa NSW, on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd August 2019.

The Gala Dinner will be held at All Saints Estate. The evening will host the Inaugural 2019 Rice Industry Awards, which supports the adoption of innovation, research and extension outcomes in the Australian Rice Industry, and awards include the SunRice Grower of the Year, the Rice Extension Highest Yields and the RGA Honorary Councillor.

Corowa is a 30 minute drive from Albury, allowing easy access to an airport and giving attendees the opportunity to travel to the popular wine region. The post conference tours will be to the Hume Dam or to the Corowa Whisky & Chocolate Factory.

The format of the conference has been changed this year to include breakout sessions. The breakout sessions will allow us to provide a greater range of speakers and more variety to the program to meet the wider interests of conference delegates.

The theme for the conference is ‘The People of the Industry’ celebrating our people and the success of the Rice Industry Leadership Program.

The Annual Conference provides an opportunity to meet with 200+ delegates, including ricegrowers, industry leaders, local business identities, and government and media representatives.

The RGA Conference is supported by funding from Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network through the Australian Government’s PHN Program and Empowering Communities program. This funding along with contributions from our sponsors allows us to keep the cost for the Conference and Gala Dinner very affordable compared to other similar industry conference.

The RGA together with the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network funding are providing a 50% discount on ticket prices for self-funded community members.

*Community members– this is for people who are self-funded farmers or members of the community. I.e. not funded by a corporate organisation.

*Corporate – people who are funded by a corporate organisation to attend the event.

Register and pay before Friday, 28 June 2019, to go into the draw to win a trip to Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand.

Our Annual General Meeting is held on Friday prior to the post conference tours.

Child minding facilities are available during the conference.

DAY 1: Thursday, 2 August from 9:30am - 5:00pm

9:30am Registrations

10:30am - 12:35pm Plenary Session Speakers

  • Keynote speaker - James O'Loghlin - "Innovation is a State of Mind"

  • Graeme Kruger, Executive Director, RGA - "Representing the People of the Rice Industry"

  • Rob Gordon, CEO, SunRice - "The Riverina Rice Imperative"

  • Lynette Ryan, Head of Sustainability, SunRice - "Sustainability – Opportunity and Impact"

12:35pm Lunch break

1:30pm Healthy People of the Rice Industry

  • Ginny Stevens, Founder, Active Famers - "Servicing Your Health Like You Do Your Car"

Breakout sessions (Please select one session from each time slot when registering below)

Session One 1:50pm:

Option 1: Drivers of the Industry (Water)

  • Wilfred Finn, Associate Director and General Counsel, Aither
    "Water Markets and Water Demand – Reaching Peak Prices and Demand?

Option 2: Research of the Industry (R&D Projects)

  • Brian Dunn, Research Agronomist, NSW DPI
    "Practical Grower Options for Maximising Rice Water Productivity

  • Bert Collard, Technical Specialist, NSW DPI
    "Enhancing the Australian Rice Breeding Program – Implementing New Methods, Tools and Technologies"

Option 3: Families of the Industry (Succession Planning)

  • Carolyn Harley, Executive Manager, Strategic Advice Specialist and Practise Manager, Commonwealth Private Office, Commonwealth Bank
    "The Importance of Succession Planning and Tips to Avoid Common Pitfalls"

Session Two 2:50pm:

Option 1: Promotion of the Industry (Social License)

  • Tony Maher, CEO, National Farmers Federation
    "Telling Our Story – Turning Australian Agriculture’s Challenges into Opportunities"

Option 2: Trends of the Industry

  • David Keldie, General Manager Global Consumer Markets, SunRice and Andrew Jeffrey, Head of Marketing and Insights, SunRice
    "SunWhite: The Power Rice Brand of the Middle East"

Option 3: Leaders of the Industry

  • Leadership Panel Session "Leading Agriculture into the Future – What it Takes"

3:50pm Afternoon tea break

4:20pm Developing the People of the Rice Industry

  • Zoe Routh, Founder and Director, Inner Compass Leadership Development" "Eye of the Storm - How teams and Leaders Stay Centred in Times of Change"

4:50pm-5:00pm Conference Close

6:15pm - 11:30pm Conference Gala Dinner

Amongst the wine barrels in the Great Hall of the heritage listed All Saints Estate castle, join us for the Conference Gala Dinner as we celebrate The People of the Rice Industry and network with fellow RGA members and industry stakeholders.

Other highlights include a presentation from Eliza Brown, CEO of All Saints Estate, who will share her story of how she became CEO, the business today, and the key learnings in her journey; as well as plenty of food, wine and entertainment by musician Ben Ceccato.

  • Registrations and pre-dinner drinks and canapes from 6:15pm

  • Gala Dinner from 7:30pm to 11:30pm

  • Dress code: smart casual

DAY 2: Friday, 3 August from 7:30am - 10:30am

7:30am - 8:00am: RGA Annual General Meeting registrations and breakfast

8:00am - 10:30am: RGA Annual General Meeting (AGM). This is a free event, but please register

Post Conference Tours: Friday, 3 August from 11:00am - 3:00pm

Two post conference tour options are available for conference delegates and guests this year.

Option 1: Hume Dam Tour (hosted by WaterNSW)

Enjoy a guided, behind the scenes tour of the Hume Dam, hosted by WaterNSW. In this special tour, attendees will be given an insight into the main operating storage of the River Murray system, including a tour of the spillway, power station and the outlet works. The local guides will share their wealth of knowledge on how the dam plays a critical role in capturing winter and spring rainfall from the Australian Alps and releasing it to regulate the flow of the River Murray.

As well as irrigation, the Hume Dam supplies stock and household needs for towns and landholders along the Murray River across three states and is used for flood mitigation and hydro-electricity. The tour includes return transport from the Corowa RSL, and a packed lunch.

Option 2: Tour and lunch at the Corowa Whisky and Chocolate Factory (hosted by Dean Druce)

In 2010, father and son, Neil and Dean Druce purchased a 1920’s flour mill in Corowa, NSW, for only $1.After an eight-year journey, The Corowa Distilling Co. released its first whisky last year. In this tour of the Corowa Distilling Co, you will hear about how the family transformed a rundown flour mill into a tourist location that attracts thousands of visitors each year. You will also learn about the whisky making process, including the sourcing of barley from local growers. The tour is inclusive of lunch at “The Mill”, with a selection of the restaurant’s favourite menu items. All delegates are to make their own way to the venue.

The cost for each option is $50 per person.

Accommodation Options:

It is the responsibility of all conference delegates to book their own accommodation. To assist you in making your bookings, we have provided a list below of some of the accommodation options in Corowa.

Best Western Heritage Motor Inn

25 Edward Street, Corowa

Phone: (02) 6033 1800

Website: www.bestwestern.com

Corowa Golf Club Motel

3 Hume Street, Corowa

Phone: (02) 6033 4188

Website: www.corowagolfclub.com.au

Corowa Motor Inn

69/73 Riesling Street, Corowa

Phone: (02) 6033 1255

Website: www.corowamotorinn.com

Motel Menere’s

146 Federation Avenue, Corowa

Phone: (02) 6033 1066

Website: www.motelmeneres.com.au

Statesman Motor Inn

2 Edward Street, Corowa

Phone: (02) 6033 2411

Website: www.statesmancorowa.com.au

The Ricegrowers' Association of Australia gratefully acknowledges the financial support from the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network through the Australian Government's PHN Program and Empowering Communities program.

With thanks to our sponsors


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You can contact the event organiser, Sauce Communications at jessica@saucecommunications.com.au or (02) 6953 7382.

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Refunds will be granted at the organiser's discretion. Please contact Sauce Communications on jessica@saucecommunications.com.au or (02) 6953 7382 with any refund requests.

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