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General Information

Conference Venue

La Trobe at Beechworth
Phone: +61 3 5720 8020

La Trobe at Beechworth is located on the site of the former Mayday Hills hospital or the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum as it was originally named. Established in 1867 as one of three major asylums in the state of Victoria, the hospital operated for almost 130 years until its closure in 1995. Today it is used by La Trobe University and also as one of the regions major conference venues. Located on 11 hectares we hope you are able to enjoy the surroundings during your stay.

La Trobe at Beechworth

Registration Information

Full and student registrations entitle you to:

  • Handbook and Abstracts
  • Admission to technical sessions
  • BBQ
  • Conference dinner
  • Lunches, morning and afternoon teas on Monday & Tuesday and morning tea and lunch on Wednesday.

Day registration entitles you to:

  • Handbook and Abstracts
  • Admission to technical sessions on the day of registration
  • Lunch, morning and afternoon tea on the day of registration

Registration Desk

The Conference Registration Desk is located in the International Hotel foyer and will be open to delegates during the following hours.

Sun 5 March

1:00pm – 6:00pm

Mon 6 March

9:00am – 6:00pm

Tue 7 March

8:00am – 5:00pm

Wed 8 March

8:00am – 1:00pm

Editorial Desk

Will be located near the Conference Registration Desk in the International Hotel foyer for presenters who have any editorial questions.

Brochure Display Table

If you have any brochures you would like other delegates to take during the Conference, a display table is located near the Conference Registration Desk.

Conference Committee Chair

Ms Jo Vigliaturo
Catchment and Agriculture Services, Department of Primary Industries
Phone: + 61 3 9296 4613

Poster Presentations

Delegates who have posters for display are asked to have them adhered to the poster board between
1:00pm – 6:00pm Sunday or between 9:00am – 10:00am Monday. Poster boards are located in the foyer of the Pines Convention Centre.

Practice Change/Extension Expo

Our intention is for the Expo to be a fun, energising space. It will provide a smorgasboard of work showcasing the diversity of approaches, methods, tools,
case studies and learnings that exist in the realm of practice change and extension. The Expo aims for a high level of audience interaction with minimal AV.

Special Requirements

If you have indicated on your registration any dietary or special assistance, please make yourself known at the Conference Registration Desk.

Name Badges

Delegates will be issued with a name badge at registration and it is requested this badge be worn at all times during the Conference. This will not only assist your fellow delegates but ensure only conference attendees are participating in the sessions.

Name badges have been colour coded as follows:

  • Conference Steering Committee: Yellow
  • Keynote speaker: Green
  • Presenter: Blue
  • Conference Delegate: White

Tai Chi

What a great way to start the day. At 7.00am on Tuesday and Wednesday an instructor will help you relax ready for another exciting day. Please make your way to the garden area next to the Education Building.


Breakfast will be served each morning in the Scholars Dining Room from 7.00am.


Delegates are reminded to finalise their accommodation account upon checkout.


A message board will be located near the Conference Registration Desk for delegates to check at regular intervals for any changes to the Conference Program or session room.

Waste Wise Actions

The Conference Committee is committed to the waste wise principles of reducing, reusing and recycling. Each delegate will receive a bottle of water. Please put your name on it and refill at the water stations around La Trobe.

Recycled paper has been used where possible.

We have invited all participants to bring their own conference satchel or bag. Our roving judges will be offering prizes under the following categories:

  • Oldest satchel
  • Wildest satchel
  • Most innovative satchel

Good luck and we hope you are a winner!


Smoking is not permitted inside any building at La Trobe at Beechworth. Because of the dry surroundings you are requested to be mindful when smoking outside.

Mobile Phones

Delegates are requested to ensure their mobile phone is turned off or set to silent during conference sessions.


APEN and Happenings Australia Pty Ltd cannot accept responsibility for any financial losses incurred by the delegates and exhibitors in the event of industrial disruptions or natural disasters. Nor can APEN or Happenings Australia Pty Ltd take responsibility for injury or damage to persons or property occurring during the Conference. Personal insurance is the responsibility of the individual delegate.


The speakers, topics and times are correct at the time of publication. The APEN 2006 Organising Committee reserves the right to delete or alter items in the Conference program.

Privacy Clause

We will only use your personal information for the purposes (primary and secondary) that are permitted by the Information Privacy Act 2000, and we will take reasonable steps to ensure that we make you aware of how we use the information. We may use personal information about you in a variety of ways including:

  • Updating you with Conference information
  • Invoicing
  • Maintaining our relationship with you
  • Assisting you with future business
  • Provision of an attendees list at the Conference

The organisations to who we make disclosures include:

  • Service providers
  • Happenings Australia
  • The Regional Institute Ltd

Conference cancellation policy

Cancellations must have been emailed or faxed to Happenings Australia. Cancellations received up to 30 days prior to the conference received a full refund, less $100.00. Cancellations received less than 30 days and up to seven days prior the conference received a 50% refund. No refund will be given for cancellations received within seven days of the Conference

Host Society

Australasia-Pacific Extension Network
PO Box 1239
Wodonga Vic 3689
Phone: +61 2 6024 5349

Conference Management Company

Happenings Australia Pty Ltd
1/ 14 Queens Road
Melbourne Vic 3004 Australia
Phone: +61 3 9866 6288

Website and publishers

The Regional Institute Ltd
PO Box 787
Gosford NSW 2250
Phone: +61 2 4369 6006

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