Technical Tours

This year's Conference will include three technical tours of key sites within the Gladstone Region. 

Technical Site Tours aim to showcase local initiatives through refocussing, reinvention and/or re-evaluation of previous approaches, practices, facility development, and service delivery. 

Our team members from Gladstone will be escorting each tour to offer insights and first hand experience in addressing the challenges and opportunities.

Technical Site Tour #1 REFOCUS

Spinnaker Park | Marina Park | Lions Park | Memorial Park

This technical site tour of key sites in Gladstone will showcase local initiatives through research, strategy, and resourcing in response to challenges. 

The theme throughout these sites in innovation - finding opportunities when confronted with challenges. 

Delegates will be transported between sites by bus; delegates can move around each site as desired.

  • Spinnaker Park 
A key site within the East Shores Parkland Precinct, Spinnaker Park appears centre-stage after sunset with a stunning experimental lighting installation set amongst a Casuarina backdrop. For parkland visitors and vessels entering Auckland Inlet, the effect is magical and can be changed remotely using a tablet and App, to align with local or National themes and occasions. The unplanned (and unexpected) occupation of Spinnaker Park by a flying fox colony has also prompted a re-focus on site management, visitor use, and provision of facilities. This visit demonstrates the case study presented in earlier sessions by Dr Megan Ellis.
  • Marina Park 
One of Gladstone Port Corporations several greenspaces constructed on reclaimed land, Marina Park features a new boardwalk replacement designed to support preservation of the Cook Pines. Adjacent is a local demonstration of advanced tree planting and establishment techniques to achieve optimum performance in Ficus species in a shallow and complex soil profile.
  • Lions Park Sensory Playground
Winner of Parks and Leisure QLD Award -QLD Park of the Year, the Gladstone Sensory Park was designed incorporating sensory features accommodating children and adults with disabilities including sensory and auditory processing disorder, visual impairment, down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, and spina bifida.
  • Memorial Park PCYC & Pump Track
The largest pump track in Australia is in Gladstone! The facility is designed to encourage the youth to get outside, get active and get involved in our local Gladstone Region community.

Technical Site Tour #2 REINVENT

Phillip Street Families & Communities Precinct | Tondoon Botanic Garden | Tannum Sands

This technical site tour of key sites across the Gladstone Region will showcase local initiatives, through advocacy, and engagement. The theme throughout these sites in patience - finding opportunities thorough partnerships and relationships developed over time. Delegates will be transported between sites by bus; some walking is required.

  • Phillip Street Families & Community Precinct 
An example of collaborative management, the Phillip Street Families & Community Precinct is a new facility developed by Gladstone Regional Council, in partnership with the Queensland Government, to support local non-government and not-for-profit agencies, reinventing how families and communities are supported through service delivery.
  • Tondoon Botanic Garden 
With its remarkable expanse of 83 hectares is one of Australia’s top ten regional gardens and are just a short drive from Gladstone’s CBD. It showcases an outstanding collection of tropical, sub-tropical and dry rainforests. More than 200,000 people come through the gates every year to enjoy walks, picnics or special events. Here delegates will hear about challenges with water access, approach to garden refurbishment, revegetation, and community engagement via Bonsai classes.
  • Tannum Sands 

Our tour will include a visit to Millennium Esplanade where delegates can stroll the Esplanade and learn about challenges with coastal erosion and how the community activates this spaces for events. This will be followed by a visit to Boyne Tannum Memorial Parklands, the regions impressive cemetery and crematorium facility set amongst a tranquil bushland setting.


Technical Site Tour #3 RE-EVALUATE


East Shores Parkland

This technical site tour of two key sites provided by Gladstone Ports Corporation will examine solutions to new and emerging issues and uses for the parklands. Delegates will walk from our conference venue to East Shores Parkland . Comfortable shoes and a a reasonable level of fitness is required. Facilitating operations concerned with a passenger cruise ship terminal within the parklands was a new challenge, as park the volume of park visitors fluctuate dramatically at times during the cruising season. The next challenge concerns the incorporation of the existing Auckland Hill lookout, and transiting responsibility between local and State government agencies.

Who's Speaking?

The conference will feature an impressive line-up of expert speakers. 

Keynote Speakers

Key Dates

Draft Conference Program Released 3 March 2022
Sponsorship Prospectus Released 3 March 2022
Keynote Speakers Announced
24 March 2022
Early Bird Registrations Close
Tuesday 19 April 2022
Full Conference Program Released Tuesday 26 April 2022
Conference Registrations Close
Monday 9 May 2022
Pre-conference Forum Registrations Close Monday 16 May 2022
QLD Region 2022 Awards of Excellence Winners Announced Thursday 19 May 2022


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