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Social and Networking Events

Networking & Social Events

Conservation in Action Welcome Drinks

The Conservation in Action Welcome Drinks event is being held on the evening of Tuesday 15 May at The Oxford Hotel, Bathurst from 5 to 7pm. This will be a great opportunity to network with other conservation industry professionals prior to the beginning of the conference on Wednesday 16 May. Finger food and beverages as well as entertainment will be all be supplied.

Attendance at the Welcome Drinks event is included in full conference packages or available to be purchased separately. Pricing is only $40 as an early bird rate before Sunday 15 April, or $45 after this date. See link below for further registration details.

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The Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities is the major sponsor for the conference Welcome Drinks. We are excited to announce that as part of this event the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities will be launching a new case study on the innovative Orange City Council Stormwater Harvesting Scheme.

This scheme was the first large scale example of stormwater treatment for indirect potable (drinking water) reuse in NSW, if not Australia. Large wetlands were constructed as part of the solution which not only provide an environmentally friendly, municipal water treatment solution, but also provide habitat for a range of native flora and fauna. This is a truly great example of a project that meets the conference theme of 'Research to Reality'.



Andy Nelson is a highly talented singer/songwriter who is developing an ever expanding fan base across the Central West of NSW and beyond.

Having only recently taken a long held love of playing music beyond his family and friends to public venues, his acoustic mix of covers and originals have struck a chord with audiences.

Andy has a rare knack of being able to read an audience and engage with them through his music, with his passion for the songs being infectious to audiences.

"I started to play guitar towards the end of high school and from that moment I realised I had found something that I have a true passion for. Something that you can go to and not have to think about anything else that's going on, just immerse yourself in playing that instrument."


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B Town BBQ - upstairs at The Oxford hotel, corner of William and Piper Streets, Bathurst is the venue for our conference Welcome Drinks event. A food and beverage package has been organised including a variety of finger food and beverages for the duration of the event. Please contact the conference organisers if you are planning to attend and have any dietary requirements.

Please note that the B Town BBQ venue is not open for meals following the conclusion of this event.

Dress code: business casual

Time: 5pm to 7pm

Conservation in action Conference Dinner

The Conservation in Action Conference Dinner is being held on the evening of Wednesday 16 May at City Hall within the conference venue, Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre from 7pm - 11pm. A fantastic opportunity to network with other conference delegates in a more relaxed setting, this dinner will encourage attendees to get around and mingle by having a street food theme. Be tempted by a selection of international cuisines from the USA, Vietnam, Japan and Italy - truly something for everyone. Food and beverages are provided with dietary options catered for, please remember to note these during the registration process.

Conservation in Action Photography Competition

The Conference Dinner will also be the event at which the winners of the inaugural Conservation in Action Photography Competition will be announced. With great prizes on offer for entrants who submit photographs of the flora, fauna, waterways and conservation actions withing the Central Tablelands Local Land Services region, this awards ceremony is sure to be a highlight of the evening.

For those interested in submitting a photographic entry, please refer to full details and the application form located at the Conservation in Action Photography Competition page of the conference website.

Honey Drippin' Mud Skippers


Step back in time with the Honey Drippin' Mudskippers at the Conservation in Action conference dinner. This five piece band continue to grow in popularity and have recently played gigs at the Illawarra Folk Festival and the Blue Mountains Ukelele Festival. Playing a melting pot of 1920's to 40's jug, western swing, ragtime blues, and dixie, the band never fail to get the audience up and dancing.

The Honey Drippin' Mudskippers will have your skirts a swinging and your shoes a scuffed. With guitar, double bass, washboard, mandolin and harmonica you will be up stomping in no time. 

So shine those shoes and get along to see them at the Conservation in Action Conference Dinner.

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City Hall within the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre is the venue for our Conference Dinner. A food and beverage package has been organised including an exciting international street food offering and beverages for the duration of the event. Please contact the conference organisers if you are planning to attend and have any dietary requirements or note this during the registration process.

Dress code: cocktail

Time: 7pm to 11pm