Rural Queensland Property Conference (Q180503)

6:30pm Thursday, 3 May 2018
5:30pm Friday, 4 May 2018
Rockhampton Leagues Club
Cambridge Street
Rockhampton, Queensland 4700

The 2018 Rural Queensland Property Conference has been specifically tailored by industry professionals to address issues that are topical and of vital importance to QLD property professionals and related professions.

Delegates will have the opportunity to hear and discuss a range of topics currently influencing the rural property industry such the outlook for agricultural commodities, changes to vegetation management and the Queensland Beef Industry profitability, and more.

The conference provides the perfect opportunity for delegates to catch up with old colleagues and friends over a quality professional development and networking program, and at the conference dinner.

Rockhampton will host this year’s conference. Rockhampton is an industrial and agricultural centre of the north, and is also a large tourist destination known for its history and culture. Rockhampton acts as a gateway to local tourist locations such as the Capricorn Caves and Mount Archer National Park, as well as regional tourist areas like Yeppoon and the Capricorn Coast alongside the island chains offshore that include Great Keppel Island.

Conference Program

Thursday 3rd May: 
Conference Dinner commencing 6:30pm
Rockhampton Leagues Club



Friday 4th May: 
Conference Sessions from 8:50am to 5:30pm


Delegate Registration


Welcome and Housekeeping
Wayne Clifford, Event MC

8:55amPrincipal Sponsor Welcome to Delegates:
Neil Bray, Chairman, Valuers Registration Board of Queensland

Conference Opening: 
Mayor Margaret Strelow, Rockhampton Regional Council

Mayor Margaret Strelow has returned for her fourth term as Mayor after holding the position of Mayor of Rockhampton City Council from 2000-2008 and now holding the position of Mayor of Rockhampton Regional Council after the Local Government Elections held in April 2012 and again in 2016.

In this capacity she has maintained a strong and active interest in the advancement of the region. Rockhampton Regional Council owns several significant Regional assets including Rockhampton Airport and the Region’s bulk water supply assets.


The QLD Governments Modernising Queensland's Resources Act Program: 
Mel Findlay, Rees R & Sydney Jones

Queensland Resources Laws are being consolidated. In the process property titles are being amended and notated, new Access Codes written and the compensation regime is being tinkered with.  Restricted Land, MOLA, MERCP, CCAs what do you need to know?




An Analysis of Profitability in the Queensland Beef Industry: 
Dr Terry McCosker, RCS

Terry will discuss the 3 secrets of profit and how the trends in these profit drivers have affected the beef industry over the last decade. Additionally he will discuss trends in cost of production, debt and productivity using the data from ProfitProbe.


APIV Professional Standards Scheme Update: 
Anna Shin, Australian Property Institute


The Cluster Fencing Story So Far: 
Mark O'Brien South West Natural Resource Management

Mark O’Brien, who conceived of and designed the Collaborative Area Management System, commonly known as Cluster Fencing, will describe the pressures in the sheep and wool industries that drove him to design this concept. Mark will explain that this was much more than a funding model for fencing but a social experiment with solid economic analysis for support. Mark will share some of the highs and lows and the extraordinary results that can be achieved and the latest impact on property valuations in south west Queensland. Mark will also present other funding models



1:15pmAustralian Property Institute Update:
Bart Mead, QLD Chair, API

The Growth of Australia’s Inland Port:  How Agriculture will Benefit from the Infrastructure Spend Throughout Toowoomba and Surrounds: 
Bruce McConnel, Food Leaders Australia

This presentation will give participants the detail in the infrastructure projects in place throughout the Darling Downs, including the Wellcamp airport, Inland Rail, Second Range crossing and Tech Park.  In particular it will focus on the benefits through the supply chain for agricultural commodities and the growing advanced food manufacturing industry being built on the back of the connectivity and technology investment within the Darling Downs and Maranoa.


Australian Water Markets: 
Nick Waters, Blue Sky Water Partners

In this presentation Nick will cover:

  • Brief history of water markets in Australia
  • Water markets across Australia – high level details of the various markets that exist – the size of the water market overall, different “zones”, depth of markets etc
  • Importance of water markets – why do we have tradable water rights?  What purpose does this serve?
  • Why invest in water markets – what makes investment into water rights attractive and what drives returns
  • Performance of water markets across a range of regions – where have values come from, to and where are they going longer term
  • Example of change of use impact on water values (both permanent and temporary water) – Murrumbidgee / Cotton
  • Challenges in water markets (such as QLD) where water often trades with land – splitting out the values – comparing green acres and brown acres – access to data.  Examples in Atherton Tablelands region
  • Blue Sky’s Real Assets investments to date - summary
  • Unlocking value - Blue Sky’s involvement in water markets both as investor and irrigator – where we have invested, what we look for, how have we unlocked value
  • High level review of returns achieved by the Blue Sky Water Fund

Australian Farm Financial Performance and Outlook:
Andrew Cameron, ABARES, Dept of Agriculture and Water Resources

This presentation will examine recent trends in the performance and demographics of Australian farms (with a focus on Queensland), as well as presenting ABARES outlook for agricultural commodities.




Potential Changes to Vegetation Management: 
Jason Riethmuller, DNRME

Jason's presentation will provide an overview of the proposed changes to the Vegetation Management Laws in Queensland.


Emissions Reduction Fund Opportunities for Landholders:
Paul Ryan, Department of Environment and Energy

Paul will describe how landholders can undertake projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and store carbon under the Australian Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund. Paul will use some Queensland examples to illustrate the opportunities and issues to consider in incorporating carbon farming as part of land management.


Central Highlands Major Projects:
Ken O'Dowd MP, Federal Member for Flynn


Biosecurity issues within the Ag sector: 
Rachael O'Brien, Livestock Biosecurity Network




Registration Fees

A range of registration packages are available to suit your needs at the API Rural Queensland Property Conference. All registration fees include GST.

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Conference Registration with Dinner

(includes attendance at all Conference Sessions, morning and afternoon tea and lunch on Friday 4 May, and the Conference Dinner on Thursday evening 3 May, commencing at 6:30pm)

Conference Registration with DinnerEarly Bird
(registrations received
before 14 April)
(registrations received
from 14 April)
API Member$363$413
To purchase this package, please click here.

Conference Registration without Dinner

(includes attendance at all Conference Sessions, morning and afternoon tea and lunch on Friday 4 May, excludes the conference dinner.)

Conference Registration without DinnerEarly Bird
(registrations received
before 14 April)
(registrations received
from 14 April)
API Member$335$385
To purchase this package, please click here.

Additional Conference Dinner Ticket

(for the Conference Dinner being held on Thursday 3 May, commencing at 6:30pm)

Conference Dinner Ticket 
API Member$100
To purchase a Conference Dinner Ticket, please click here.


CPD Points

Full attendance at the conference sessions on Friday 4 May accrues 6 CPD points. To claim the number of points listed above, each attendee must be present at all sessions of the conference. 

Conference Venue

The conference is being held at the Rockhampton League's Club, Cambridge Street, Rockhampton. As one of Rockhampton’s premier clubs for a number of years, the Rockhampton Leagues Club has developed a reputation as a club that has something for everyone.

Rockhampton Leagues Club was established in 1971 and from humble beginnings has gone on to become one of the leading clubs in Queensland. The primary purpose for the establishment of the club was to foster and support Rugby League in Rockhampton and to improve the facilities of the clubhouse for its members.


As Beef Week will be commencing on the 6 May, it is recommended that accommodation be booked early to avoid disappointment.

Accommodation providers close to the conference venue include.

  • Rockhampton Court Motor Inn - 4927 8277
  • Rockhampton Palms Motor Inn - 4922 6577
  • Villa Capri - 4927 5588
  • Metro Motel - 1800 355 141
  • Welcome Home Motel - 4927 7800
  • Archer Park Motel - 4927 9266
  • City Walk Motor Inn - 4922 6009

Event Partners

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Major Partner

Taylor Byrne



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Contact Information

Steven Turner, CPD Services Officer QLD

For any enquiries please contact the API Office in Queensland.

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