NSW Country Conference (N170526)

9:00am Friday, 26 May 2017
11:30am Saturday, 27 May 2017
Novotel Coffs Harbour Pacific Bay Resort
Bay Drive & Pacific Highway
Coffs Harbour, New South Wales 2450

Registration closes on Friday 19th May. 

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 the stunning Coffs Harbour.

Conference Details

Day 1: Friday 26 May 2017, 8.30am - 11:00pm
Day 2: Saturday 27 May 2017, 8.00am - 11.30am


Day 1

8:30amRegistration Opens 
8:55amWelcomeIan Muir, API NSW President
9:05amOpening AddressRoss Fox, Senior Associate, Fishburn Watson O'Brien
9:25amKeynote Address - Australia's Economic OutlookRohan Nelson, Senior Economist, ABARES
10:10amNational Rural OverviewTim Lane, National Director Rural, Herron Todd White
10:40amMorning Tea 
11:00amBeef Cattle MarketMichael Crowley, GM Producer Consultation & Adoption, Meat & Livestock Australia
11:40amJust Terms and Coffs Harbour BypassTerry Green, RMS
12:15pmNSW Biodiversity and Private Conservation Laws: What's Happening?Susan Higginson, CEO, NSW Environmental Defenders Office
1:50pmDevelopment in the Coffs Harbour RegionStephen Saunders, Section Leader, Industry and Destination Development, Coffs Harbour City Council
2:35pmImpact of Changes to Strata LegislationLeanne Hughes, Director, Policy and Litigation, Office of the Registrar General
3:20pmTechnical Tour (limited spaces, first in first serve)Option 1: Two Tails Winery, Option 2: RMS Tour of Pacific Highway Upgrade (with Grahame Hollinshead, RMS)
5:45pmClose Day 1 
7:00pm for 7.30pm - 11:00pmConference Dinner 

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

Program - Day Two

8:00amRegistration Opens 
8:30amWelcomeIan Muir, API NSW President
8.35amAPI UpdatesRupert Grayston, National Manager Education, API
9:00amLand Values Now and Into the FutureMichael Davidson, Principal Valuer Objection and Appeals, Property NSW Department of Finance Services & Innovation
9:40amThe New Coastal Management LegislationProfessor John Sheehan
10:10amMorning Tea 
10:30amValuers' Retainer Agreements - Some Food for ThoughtLindsay Joyce, Consultant, Sparke Helmore Lawyers
11:15amConference CloseIan Muir, API NSW President
11:30amConference Concludes & Departure 

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

Registration Fees (all include GST)

Early Bird - API Member (closes 5 May)$428
Early Bird - API Student Member (closes 5 May)$311
Early Bird - Non-API Member (closes 5 May)$545
API Member $468
API Student Member$351
Non-API Member$585
Additional Dinner tickets for partner/guest (purchase here)$110 each
Day 1 – Arrival Tea & Coffee, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Technical Tour, Welcome Dinner
Day 2 – Arrival Tea & Coffee, Morning Tea 


If you choose to stay on site (Novotel Pacific Bay Resort Tel: 02 6659 7000) please mention you are attending the API conference and you will have access to the following rates. Please note this is only available subject to the availability at the time of booking. 

Resort Room

Room with 1 Breakfast                  $140.00 per day

Room with 2 Breakfasts                $159.00 per day

Spa Room

Room with 1 Breakfast                  $ 190.00  per day

Room with 2 Breakfasts                $ 209.00 per day

There are many other hotels and resorts nearby. 

BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort (1km away from Novotel, about 12 mins walk)

Offering a 10% Discount off of the best available BreakFree Daily Rate or BreakFree Bed & Breakfast Rate when booking Resort Direct on 02 6652 7555; by quoting you are attending the “API Country Conference on 26 & 27 May at Novotel”.

Room Types:
Studio Hotel Room
Paradise Spa Breeze
2 bedroom spa villa

CPD Points

Full attendance at this event accrues 10 CPD points.


Herron Todd WhiteWalsh & Monaghan
Opteon Property Group 

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Contact Information

Jennifer Cheung, CPD Development Manager

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