NSW Country Conference 2018 | Newcastle (N180504)

8:30am Friday, 4 May 2018
12:00pm Saturday, 5 May 2018
Harbourview Function Centre
150 Wharf Rd
Newcastle, New South Wales 5067

NOTE: This conference is now SOLD OUT. Please email nsw@api.org.au if you would like to be contacted should a cancellation occurs. 

The API’s New South Wales Country Conference is held annually in various locations throughout the state, with the conference program especially designed for eminent presenters to discuss topical issues facing the regional sector as well as specific developments within the property industry. This year, it brings us to Newcastle. Come join us and also receive 10 CPD points.

Conference Details

Day 1: Friday 4 May 2018, 8.30am - 5.50pm, followed by conference dinner
Day 2: Saturday 5 May 2018, 8.00am - 12.00pm


Day 1

8.30am  Registration Opens 


Welcome MCBob Dupont, CEO/Director, Preston Rowe Paterson Newcastle and Central Coast Pty Ltd
9.10amOpening AddressCr Declan Clausen, Deputy Lord Mayor of Newcastle 
9.30amKeynote Address – Australia’s Economic Outlook  Peter Gooday, Chief Commodity Analyst, ABARES, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources


2018 Rural and Agribusiness UpdateHelen Swanson, Research Manager, Research, Colliers International

Morning Tea

11.10amUnderstanding the Risks and Liabilities of Contaminated Sites, and some Unexpected SourcesAlison Monkley, Technical Director and Manager - Contamination Assessment and Remediation, GHD

PFAS Investigation & Management Program

Williamtown Management Area, An Update

Mark O'Connell, Department of Defence

Adam Gilligan, Regional Director North, NSW Environment Protection Authority



Spatial Services and Digital/Data DisruptionsBruce Thompson, Executive Director, Spatial Services, Department of Finance Services and Innovation

The Future of Energy Supplies

Jonathan Ambler, Manager Power Development, AGL


Technical Tour

Option 1: Mount Pleasant Winery Tour 

Option 2: Newcastle City Guided Walking Tour

5.50pmClose Day 1 
6.45pm for 7.15pm – 10.45pmDINNER – Harbourview Newcastle

*please note this program is subject to change without notice.

Program - Day Two


Registration Opens

9.00amNewcastle Market UpdateRoss Cooper, Managing Director, Knight Frank Newcastle


Banking Inquiry Updates

Amelia Hodge, CEO, Australian Property Institute 

Professor John Sheehan, AM, LFAPI


Morning Tea 
10.35amJust Terms Legislation

Tony Braxton-Smith, Deputy Secretary, Customer Services, Transport for NSW

11.10amAPI CEO Updates / Standards Updates

Amelia Hodge, CEO, Australian Property Institute 

Bob Dupont, CEO/Director, Preston Rowe Paterson Newcastle and Central Coast Pty Ltd


Conference Close and Vote for next year’s Country Conference location

12.00pmConference Conclusion

*please note this program is subject to change without notice.

Registration Fees (all include GST)

 Early Bird (before Friday 13 April)Standard (from Saturday 14 April)
API Members$428$468
API Student Members$311$351
API Non-Members$545$585
Additional Dinner tickets for partner/guest (purchase here)$110$110

Day 1 – Arrival Tea & Coffee, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Technical Tour, Welcome Dinner
Day 2 – Arrival Tea & Coffee, Morning Tea


There are many hotel and motel options near the function centre. If you choose to stay at the Rydges Newcastle, please contact Amelia Bourke (e: reservations_rydgesnewcastle@evt.com T: 02 4907 5000) to access the following rates. Please note this is only available subject to the availability at the time of booking. 

Rydges Newcastle
Wharf Rd & Merewether St, Newcastle NSW 2300

King Cityside Suites $205 per nignt

CPD Points

Full attendance at this event accrues 10 CPD points.


Major sponsor  

Landmark White

Session sponsors  

Walsh & Monaghan


Preston Rowe Paterson

Taylor Byrne

Dinner sponsor  

Herron Todd White


Do you need some assistance?

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For the full FAQ list please go to https://www.api.org.au/frequently-asked-questions and look for the API Events sub-heading. 

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Contact Information

Kirsty Nargar, CPD Services Officer

If you have any questions about this conference, please contact the NSW office on (02) 9299 1811. 

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