Conference Program

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Wednesday 25 November 2020
DEMONSTRATION DAY

1030 – 1615
Sponsored by: FOCUS enviro

Official Opening (1100 – 1115)
Hon Trevor Evans MP, Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management

See grinders, screens, turners and other equipment in operation with live demonstrations and take the opportunity to see the equipment up close, compare different models and meet with suppliers all in the one place.

WELCOME FUNCTION

1800 – 2000
Sponsored by MRA Consulting

Join us after the Demonstration Day for an evening of drinks, canapes and networking with the exhibitors, speakers, sponsors and other attendees.
Venue: Pergola (Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley)

Thursday 26 November 2020
Registration, Tea and Coffee
0800
OPENING PLENARY

0830
Peter Olah, National Executive Officer – Australian Organics Recycling Association
Welcome and housekeeping

0840
Peter Wadewitz, Chair – Australian Organics Recycling Association
Official welcome

0850
Jeff Lowenfels, Author – The Teaming Series Books on Organic Growing (USA)
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Teaming With Microbes: AORA needs the soil food web and so do your customers!

0930
Dr Jeff Baldock, CSIRO
KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONL Soil Organic Matter: Functions and the role of organic amendments

Morning Tea Break
1000
A COMMON VISION

1030
Gavin Hull, Ricardo
Using MFA for a circular economy approach to food waste management  

1045
Dr Maryam Esfandbod, Prof Chengrong Chen & Dr Mehran Rashti, Griffith University, Dr Georgina Davis, Queensland Farmers’ Federation & Veronica Dullens, AIEN
Pathway Towards Zero Waste: Applied Network for Recycled Organics and Waste Management (ANROWM)

1100
Virginia Brunton, MRA Consulting Group
Mandating Organics: The rest of the world provides options

1115
Dr Johannes Biala, CROWN, UQ & Dr Kevin Wilkinson, Frontier Ag & Environment
International comparison of the Australian Compost Standard AS4454 

1130
Questions and Discussion

Lunch Break
1200
INFORMED OPINION: FOGO

1300
Christopher Malan, ELB Equipment
Platinum Plus Sponsor Presentation

1320
Dr Harrie Hofstede, Spartel
FOGO Organics Under Control: Comparison of Two Regional Case Studies: Technology and compost product outcomes

1340
Amanda Kane, NSW DPIE
FOGO Deep Dive – Education and contamination at the kerbside

1400
Gayle Seddon & Joshua Rule, Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group
Supporting councils to deliver a successful and sustainable FOGO collection and recycling service

1420
Questions and Discussion

Afternoon Tea Break
1445
INFORMED OPINION: CARBON

1515
Tom Connolly, FOCUS Enviro/EDGE innovate
Platinum Plus Sponsor Presentation
 

1535
Angus Johnston, BioCarbon Soil
0.22% by 2022

1555
Dr Mahesh Venkataramaiah, CrabFish Advisory (India)
Microbes and their applications to enrich soil organics

1615
Robin Gonzalez, MRA Consulting Group
Compost for carbon

1635
Questions and Discussion

Close Day 2
1700
CONFERENCE DINNER

1900 – late
Sponsored by: Hitachi

The Conference Dinner is traditionally a highlight in the AORA Annual Conference program and provides an opportunity for the participants to relax and engage in the type of networking that is vital to furthering the recycled organics industry.
Venue: Merlot Room (Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley)

Friday 27 November 2020
Registration, Tea and Coffee
0800
ENGAGED COMMUNITIES

0830
Aurel Lübke, Compost Systems (Austria)
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Review – 30 years composting in Austria

0900
Tim O’Neill, Engineered Compost Systems & Mike Lord, Mike Lord Consultancy
Process Quality: The cost-effective method to control compost odour
 

0920
Valentina Petrone & Geraldine Busby, Encycle Consulting
Engaging residents of multi-storey developments in organics recycling

0940
Ros Aikman, Yume Food & Justin Frank, SUEZ
Why technology and collaboration is key if we want to end food waste in Australia

1010
Questions and Discussion

Morning Tea Break
1030
INFORMED OPINION: IN THE FIELD

1100
Dr Greg Bender & Norman Marshall, Australian Soil Management
Demonstrating the benefits of compost as a cost-effective input for broad-acre cropping in NSW

1120
Declan McDonald, SESL Australia & Bill Grant, Blue Environment
Incorporating composts into cropping systems

1140
Dr Paul Lamble, Peak Water Consulting
How using compost on sports fields delivers recreation, environmental and economic outcomes

1200
Adam Goldwater, Applied Horticultural Research
Recycled organics as commercial mushroom casing soil
 

1220
Questions and Discussion
Facilitated by Gerhard Grasser, AgriSolutions

Lunch Break
1300
INFORMED OPINION: WHAT’S NEXT?

1400
Simon Leake, SESL Australia
ACCC vs Woolworths. Any lessons for the compostable plastics industry?

1420
Rowan Williams, BASF
Platinum Plus Sponsor Presentation

1440
Sam Oakden, FIAL
National food waste strategy

1500
Prof Nanthi Bolan, University of Newcastle
The ground’s generosity takes in our compost and grows beauty: Compost promotes soil health and productivity

1520
Questions and Discussion

1550
Peter Wadewitz, Chair AORA
Conference wrap up and closing remarks

Conference Close
1600

 

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