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Tuesday 15 June 2021
DEMONSTRATION DAY
1030 – 1615
Sponsored by: FOCUS enviro

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)

Wednesday 16 June 2021
Registration, Tea and Coffee
0800
OPENING PLENARY
0830
Peter Olah, National Executive Officer – Australian Organics Recycling Association
Welcome and housekeeping
0835
Peter Wadewitz, Chair – Australian Organics Recycling Association
Official welcome
0840
Hon Trevor Evans MP, Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management
Opening address (livestream)
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, Soil Scientist
KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONL Soil Organic Matter: Functions and the role of organic amendments

Morning Tea Break
1000
A COMMON VISION
1030
Komptech CEA
Platinum Plus Sponsor Presentation

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
International Compost Industry Leaders Panel

  • Susan Antler, Executive Director, Compost Council of Canada
  • Frank Franciosi, Executive Director, US Composting Council
  • Dr Stefanie Siebert, Executive Director, European Compost Network
  • Percy Foster, Chief Executive, Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Association of Ireland
1145
Questions and Discussion
Lunch Break
1200
INFORMED OPINION: FOGO

1300
Tom Connolly, FOCUS Enviro/EDGE innovate
Platinum Plus Sponsor Presentation

1320
Geraldine Busby, Encycle Consulting
FOGO and MUDs – Developer perspective and solutions for local government

1340
Gayle Seddon & Joshua Rule, Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group
Supporting councils to deliver a successful and sustainable FOGO collection and recycling service

1400
Amanda Kane, NSW DPIE
FOGO Deep Dive – NSW gets its Scrap Together

1420
Questions and Discussion
Afternoon Tea Break
1445
INFORMED OPINION: CARBON

1515
Johannes Biala, CROWN, UQ
The potential for enhancing soil carbon levels through the use of organic soil amendments

1535
Dr Mahesh Venkataramaiah, CrabFish Advisory (India)
Microbes and their applications to enrich soil organics

1555
Declan McDonald, SESL Australia & Bill Grant, Blue Environment
Incorporating composts into cropping systems

1615
Aurel Lübke, Compost Systems (Austria)
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Review – 30 years composting in Austria

1645
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)

Thursday 17 June 2021
Registration, Tea and Coffee
0800
ENGAGED COMMUNITIES

0830
AORA Study Awards for Advancing Organics Recycling
Awards sponsored by Komptech CEA
Supported by CROWN University of Queensland

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

0920
Dr Harrie Hofstede, Spartel
FOGO Organics Under Control: Comparison of Two Regional Case Studies: Technology and compost product outcomes

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
The Honourable Penelope Wensley AC, National Soils Advocate (TBC)
National Soil Strategy

 

1120
Dr Greg Bender & Norman Marshall, Australian Soil Management
Demonstrating the benefits of compost as a cost-effective input for broad-acre cropping in NSW

1140
Angus Johnston, BioCarbon Soil
0.25% by 2025

1200
Dr Paul Lamble, Peak Water Consulting
How using compost on sports fields delivers recreation, environmental and economic outcomes

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, Fight Food Waste Australia
National food waste strategy

1500
Questions and Discussion
CONFERENCE CLOSE
1530
Prof Nanthi Bolan, University of Newcastle
The ground’s generosity takes in our compost and grows beauty: Compost promotes soil health and productivity

1550
Peter Wadewitz, Chair AORA
Conference wrap up and closing remarks
Conference Close
1600

 

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