Here are the details!!
The next ANGFA Convention will be held in Brisbane from 22 - 23 October 2011.
The theme of this convention is: “The Best of Queensland and New Guinea” and this is one occasion that you shouldn’t miss!Convention Websitehttp://convention.angfa.org.au
This site has all the latest information, plus the on-line registration form for the convention.Program
• Fri 21 Oct: AGM and reunion drinks followed by a “Fireside Chat” with Gary Lange (evening activity only). The AGM will commence at 7.30pm
• Sat 22 Oct: Day 1 of Convention. Convention Dinner in the evening, followed by a presentation by Heiko Bleher. Dinner will commence at 7.00pm
• Sun 23 Oct: Day 2 of Convention. Convention Auction in the evening. The auction will commence at 7.00pm
• 24 –25 Oct: Post convention tours and fishing trips. Options include: Fishing the Pine River, Tin Can Bay (Kangaroo Ck, Snapper Ck, Coolum Ck, Poona Ck, Mullen Ck), and looking at Searys Ck at Rainbow Beach (no fishing here).
OR Bushwalking on Mt Tamborine/Lamington Plateau or the Glasshouse Mountains.[*]
Guppy Pre-school – In an ANGFA First, we will be conducting a practical fish keeping workshop for children between the ages of 10 and 16 on Saturday 22 October.
And there is plenty for the non-fishing partners:
• Sat 22 Oct: An organised tour of Brisbane sights and shops.
• Sun 23 Oct: A range of information on activities, attractions and shops will be made available during the convention. Some organised trips can be arranged if there is sufficient interest (e.g. to the Riverside Markets). Speakers
1. Heiko Bleher - 2 presentations:
a. “Blue-eyes from Queensland to New Guinea” – Heiko will introduce the amazing variety of blue-eyes to be found in Queensland and New Guinea, including those from the Aru Archipelago, Irian Jaya and PNG. Including many forms/variants/species which have not been seen in Australia before.
b. “Mamberamo-Expedition Number 4 and it's (introduced) Disaster” – This will include the correct placement of the species in the genus Glossolepis – including the variants of M. praecox, and the undescribed Glossolepis.
2. Gary Lange - 2 presentations:
a. “A Fireside Chat” (without the fire) showing images from a range of his trips and adventures.
b. “Western New Guinea Revisited”. Gary has made several trips to fish West Papua (Irian Jaya) in recent years. On his last trip alone, Gary collected four new species of rainbowfish from that area.
3. Bruce Hansen – “The Features and Fish of Fabulous Fraser”. See the landscape and fish of our largest sand island.
4. Keith Martin – “Rainbowfishes of the Queensland Wet Tropics”. The Wet Tropics region of North Queensland is home to at least nine species/subspecies of rainbowfishes and blue-eyes, making it the richest area for this group in Australia. Many species show significant colour variations between, and sometimes within river systems, and there are many spectacular and famous varieties in the aquarium hobby that originate from the Wet Tropics.
5. Helen Larson – “Weird gudgeons”. You’ll be amazed at the range of weird and wonderful fish, including a new ‘Milyeringa gudgeon’, and the ‘Tetepare gudgeon'.
6. Adam Kerezsy – “Desert flooding and Edgbaston Station” including his efforts to save the red-finned blue-eye.
7. Gunther Schmida – “Rainbow Varieties”. Gunther will take us on one of his fabulous pictorial journeys to look at all those different looking forms of the various species.
8. Steve Baines – “Natures Way to Aquascape” Steve will show you how to create Australian biotypes with minimal effort, using driftwood and native plants found in an around the Brisbane area.
9. Bruce Sambell – “20 Years of Collecting Fish in Queensland”. A wealth of pictures and video footage from a range of locations in the state, linked to his success in captive breeding programs for fish such as Saratoga and Archer fish
10. Glynn Aland – “A Cornucopia of Confusing Crustaceans”. Showing the huge number of cray and shrimp varieties that can be found in QLD, and using shrimps in the fight against algae.Cost
ANGFA Members: $165 per person
Member Early Bird: $155 per person if booked and paid before 1 July 2011
Non-Member Early Bird: $205 per person if booked and paid before 1 July 2011
- Members: $100
- Non-members: $125What do you get?
• Two massive days of national and international speakers
• Morning and afternoon tea on both days
• Lunch on both days
• A convention “show-bag” containing merchandise and giveaways
• Multiple raffles and prize draws
• A Super Auction on the Sunday night
• A large shop and trade table,
• Displays of fish and plants
• Unlimited networking with the speakers and other fish minded people
• non-members receive a one year complimentary subscription to both ANGFA (inc) and ANGFA (QLD) inc.
• A wonderful convention Dinner (additional cost), with Heiko as speaker.Convention Websitehttp://convention.angfa.org.auMeals
Morning & Afternoon Tea are included in convention cost on both days
Lunch is included in convention cost on both days
Dinner Friday night - Nothing formal arranged. There is a restaurant at the venue, and multiple restaurants at Sunnybank shopping centre.
The ANGFA AGM will begin at 7.30pm. A cash bar will operate.
Dinner Saturday night - The convention dinner will be a buffet. The cost is $52.50 per person
Dinner will commence at 7.00pm. You need to book and pay for the dinner prior to the convention. A cash bar will operate.
Dinner Sunday night This will be a light meal, $20 per person. You need to book and pay for the dinner prior to the convention. A cash bar will operate.
The auction will begin at 7.00pmVenue
The venue is the Comfort Inn & Suites Robertson Gardens at 281 Kessels Road in Nathan (just south of the Brisbane CBD, near Griffith University).
You can find their website here: http://www.robertsongardens.com.auMerchandise
A range of shirts and hats will be produced. Please watch the website for details which will appear in late June.
Orders for merchandise will need to be placed prior to the convention. Only a limited amount of additional merchandise will be ordered. Auction
There will be an auction held on Sunday night. This is the place to pick up those rare and unusual species. Want some hard to find natives? Come to the auction!Getting there
Brisbane Airport is 13 kilometres from the city centre, located to the north east near Moreton Bay. Bus and rail transfers operate from the domestic and international airport terminals throughout the day and night, but if you're heading into the city centre (or heading down to the Gold Coast), the train is the easiest option. Airtrain
Brisbane's Airtrain offers the quickest and most reliable option to get from the Brisbane Airport to either the city centre stations (including Bowen Hills, Fortitude Valley, Central Station, Roma Street, South Brisbane and South Bank) or suburban stops. The train is located right at front door of the airport terminal. Brisbane Airport to Brisbane CBD on the Airtrain takes 20 minutes and will cost you around $15.
Trains from the domestic and international airports run every 15 minutes from 5.45am (6am on weekends) until 8pm and they will take you to Brisbane City, Brisbane suburbs and the Gold Coast with most stops in between. You can find the timetable and prices here: http://www.airtrain.com.au/
From Roma St Station:
Via bus: http://www.railmaps.com.au/routedetails.php?RouteSelect=263
Via train: http://www.railmaps.com.au/brisbane.htm
The stations of Salisbury, Coopers Plains, Banoon, and Sunnybank are all literally 5 minutes drive from the venue. Sunnybank is probably the best station to exit for those travelling to Mt Gravatt or Eight Mile Plains.Accommodation
There is accommodation available at the Convention venue.
This is a 3 1/2 star property with rooms as follows:
Motel rooms with a queen bed ($155 per night for 2 people)
Motel rooms with a queen and a single bed ($155 per night for 2 or $180 for 3)
Motel rooms with 2 single beds ($155 per night for 2 people)
1 bed room villas with a queen bed ($155 per night for 2 people)
All the rooms have been reserved for ANGFA Members. You will need to identify yourself as an ANGFA member and say you are part of the group booking 17584 if you want to book a room.
Other venues in a close proximity are:
Mt Gravatt Colonial Motor Inn
1165 Logan Road, Holland Park West QLD 4121
The motel offers 3 star accommodation
Phone: 07 3849 4849
Fax: 07 3849 6434
Travelodge Garden City
18 MacGregor Street (Cnr Logan Road), Upper Mount Gravatt Brisbane QLD 4122
The motel offers 4 star accommodation from $128 – $190 per night.
Tel: +61 (0) 7 3347 7400
Fax: +61 (0) 7 3347 7500
Best Western Sunnybank Star Motel & Apartments
The motel offers 4 Star accommodation from $129 – $199.
60 units, 21 of which are 2 bedroom self contained apartments which sleep up to 5 people
223 Padstow Road, Eight Mile Plains QLD 4113
Brisbane Holiday Village
10 Holmead Rd, Eight Mile Plains QLD.
Phone: (07) 3341 6133 (International Phone: +61 7 3341 6133)
Fax: (07) 3341 0274 (International Fax: +61 7 3341 0274)
This is a “Top Tourist Park” and Special Rate apply for Top Tourist Park members.
The Village offers:
• Camping sites for $36 per night for 1 – 2 people
• Powered caravan sites for $49 per night for 1 – 2 people
• Ensuite caravan sites for $55 per night for 1 – 2 people
• Self-contained hotel / motel style accommodation with quality holiday cabin accommodation sleeping 4 to 6 – $180 - $265 per night for 1 – 2 people
• Extensive facilities include 2 swimming lagoons, tennis court, playground, sports field, undercover BBQ's, restaurant, convenience store, 7-day reception, tour desk, internet kiosks, wireless internet access (packages available), and laundry facilities.
We might be able to provide a bus for daily pickup and drop offs from those venues.
This service is unlikely to be provided from any other venue.
You can use the following websites to look for cheap rates at any hotel in Brisbane:http://www.wotif.com/http://www.lastminute.com.au/
What to do in Brisbane: This website will give you a good idea of what is available: http://www.brisbane-australia.com/Convention Websitehttp://convention.angfa.org.au