NAAE 2020 Conference / Yanco NSW
Yanco Agricultural High School has developed the Yanco Shorthorn and McCaughey Limousin cattle studs and the Yanco White Suffolk sheep stud. The school’s highly successful show stock team prepares and exhibits cattle at regional, state and interstate shows and continues to win praise and trophies for equine activities, sheep and cattle preparation, display and handling.
Murrumbidgee Regional High School – Griffith Site was formed in 2018 from the merging of Griffith High and Wade High School. The Agricultural farm may be small in size but packs a massive punch for the activities that the students from Year 7-12 can to undertake. In the past few years the management of the farm has become more of regeneration agriculture with more sustainable methods of enhancing soil biology and producing our own food for humans and livestock being the priority. Our student clientele embraces the 32 nationalities we have in our 630 student population with a mix of practical and academics Aggies always prepared to have a go with the learning that they get to undertake.
We look forward to welcoming you to our Ag Farm in January.
1) National Standards for our 22.75 Approved Hours:
6.2.2 & 7.4.2 – For teachers across Australia to learn about the Murrumbidgee and Coleambally Irrigation Areas as water efficient food and fibre producing areas. For the teachers to also learn of simple teaching methods from the gathering of resources and contacts from other teaching professionals to use back in their schools for their students. In each of the presentations, members of the conference will have the opportunity to add to the presentation by seeking clarification with a focus from their own teaching within the context. Teachers are able to network with a number of other teachers from across Australia and New Zealand in increasing their contacts and resource sharing practices.
Pre and Post Conference Tours
Please see here for pre and post conference tour information.
See below for a detailed revised itinerary for each day of the conference. Please note: there are tour options available on day 3.
Sunday 12 January
|Day 1||Yanco (TBC)|
|1.00pm – 3.00pm||Welcome!
Delegates arrive at Yanco Agricultural High School (YAHS)
Delegates collect their welcome pack
Pick people up from Griffith/Narrandera and Wagga Airports/Train Stations
|3.00pm||Kayaking along the Murrumbidgee River (YAHS)|
|6.00pm||Tour of YAHS|
The Riverina Roving Roast whilst Meeting and Greeting
Monday 13 January
|Day 2||Yanco (TBC)|
|7.00am – 8.00am||Breakfast|
|8.00am – 9.00am||Delegates Arrive to Central Meeting Point|
|9.00am – 10.45am||Conference Introductions – Luke Collins and Carl Chirgwin (Housekeeping)
• Leeton Mayor
• Murrumbidgee Irrigation
• Keynote Speaker
|10.45am – 11.00am||Morning Tea and split into groups|
|11.00am – 1.00pm||Group A – Yanco Ag Institute Tour (Rice Trials)
Group B – World Skills Challenge (YAHS Equine Centre)
|1.00pm – 1.30pm||Lunch at YAHS|
|1.30pm – 3.30pm||Group A – World Skills Challenge (YAHS Equine Centre)
Group B – Yanco Ag Institute Tour (Rice Trials)
|3.30pm – 4.30pm||Afternoon Tea whilst at State Meetings|
|4.30pm – 6.30pm||Relax Options
• Leeton Shopping
• Pool / Swimming
• River Walk
|7.00pm – 11.00pm||YAHS Dining
Shorthorn BBQ Dinner and Australian Beer Co.
Shorthorn andAustralian Beer Co. Guest Speakers
Tuesday 14 January
|Day 3||East and West Tours (TBC)|
|7.00am – 7.45am||Breakfast|
|Option 1: EAST TOUR|
|8.30am – 9.30am||Southern Cotton Tour (Whitton)|
|10.00am – 10.45am||McFarlane Farming Tour (Yenda)
Morning Tea on Bus
|11.00am – 12.00pm||Casella Wines Water Works (Yenda)|
|12.15pm – 1.15pm||Lunch @ Yenda Hotel
(Drinks at own cost)
Casella Family Brands Presentation
|1.30pm – 3.00pm||Aquna Murray Cod (Bilbul)|
|3.00pm – 3.15pm||Afternoon Tea @ De Bortoli Wines (Bilbul)|
|3.30pm – 4.30pm||De Bortoli Wines Tour (Bilbul)|
|5.00pm – 6.30pm||
Murrumbidgee Regional High School Griffith Site Ag Farm Workshop Rotations
|7.00pm – 9.00pm||
Pasta Dinner @ Calabria Family Wines
|9.00pm – 10.00pm||
Travel back to YAHS
|Option 2: WEST TOUR|
|8.30am – 9.15am||Beds in Bays (Coleambally)|
|9.45am – 10.15am||Irrigated Hay Production (Coleambally)
Morning Tea on Bus
|10.45am – 11.45am||Wiseman’s Organics (Coleambally)|
|12.00pm – 1.00pm||Lunch @ Brolga Hotel, Coleambally
(Drinks at Own Cost)
Coleambally Irrigation Presentation
|1.15pm – 2.00pm||Witham Irrigation Layout (Coleambally)|
|2.45pm – 4.00pm||Southern Cotton Tour (Whitton)
Afternoon Tea Provided
|5.00pm – 6.30pm||Murrumbidgee Regional High School Griffith Site Ag Farm Workshop Rotations
• Kubota Hay Making
• Pasture Renovation
• Vegie Pods
• A BIG idea
• Gigantic Plants
• A Steggles Show
• Irrigation Techniques
|7.00pm – 9.00pm||Pasta Dinner @ a Griffith Winery|
|9.00pm – 10.00pm||Travel Back to YAHS|
Wednesday 15 January
|Day 4||Yanco/Leeton (TBC)|
|7.30am – 8.15am||Breakfast|
|8.30am – 1.30pm||
Local Bus Tours
Buses will rotate between the following to assist with management:
|1.30pm – 2.30pm||Lunch @ Yanco Hotel
(Drinks at own expense)
|2.45pm – 4.30pm||NAAE Biennial General Meeting @ YAHS
• State Reports
• Election on New Bearers
• 2022 Conference Discussion
|4.30pm – 5.45pm||Conference Dinner Preparations
(Formal Attire Required)
|6.00pm – 6.30pm||Travel to Billenbah on the Bidgee (Yanco)|
|6.30pm – midnight||Conference Dinner, Guest Speaker and Presentations @ Billenbah on the Bidgee|
Thursday 16 January
|Day 5||Yanco/Leeton (TBC)|
|8.00am – 9.00am||Breakfast and Vacate|
|9.00am – 11.00am||
Deliver people to various Airports and Train Stations
Thank you for your attendance – travel home safely.
Will people with specific dietary requirements be catered for?
Will there be WiFi access at the Yanco Agricultural College?
Will there be picked up from train stations / bus stops / airports?
This is all a part of the conference and all travel arrangements will be catered for.
We have an Attendees Google Drive for everyone to access and contribute to. You can access that by clicking here, and if you experience any problems please send us a message.
For those who are flying in – our recommended travel agent is Go-Travel. Contact Mel via email (click here) or call 02 9522 9600 and quote NAAE2020 for a discount on travel costs.
There are also a number of train stations and bus stops nearby, and we offer to collect and return participants.