12-16 January 2020

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. 

Revised Itinerary

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
Note: there will be an opportunity for you to purchase produce items from the Producers present (at your own expense)


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
• Intro
• Succulents
• Kubota Hay Making
• Pasture Renovation
• Vegie Pods
• A BIG idea
• Gigantic Plants
• A Steggles Show
• Irrigation Techniques

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
• Intro
• Succulents
• 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:
• Pacific Fresh Citrus (Leeton)
• Webster’s Walnuts (Leeton)
• Tastes of Leeton (Leeton)
• SunRice (Leeton)
• JBS Swift Feedlot (Yanco)

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?

Answer tbc.

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.

For Attendees

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.

Getting there

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.



For all enquiries, please contact Carl Chirgwin via email (click here) or call 0427 455 389. You can also visit and send a message via the Facebook page.