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Technical Visits



A | Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island)       FULL       

A bus will take participants from Brisbane to the water taxi at Toondah Harbour. Once on the island, there will be a 1.5-hr cultural tour with Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) visiting natural features, with discussion of the impacts of mining, tourism, fishing, and other uses of tribal lands. Participants will visit a Sibleco sand mining rehabilitation site and be addressed by the Mine’s Environmental Manager, and will also visit Moreton Bay Research Station for an address by leading researchers with a focus on Moreton Bay.
Saturday 27 April
Depart 07:00 | Return 18:45
Level of physical activity  Low to medium
Minimum-Maximum  14-30
Price $195
Price includes transportation, morning tea, and lunch.
Special notes  Participants should plan to wear closed walking shoes and take sunscreen, hat, water bottle, and lightweight rain coat.


B | Biodiversity-Friendly Infrastructure              

Showcasing wildlife-friendly infrastructure, a visit to Brisbane City Council’s Karawatha Forest Park provides an interactive experience with practical examples of how the integration of environmental and ecological mitigation and management actions into the planning, design, construction, and operation of infrastructure can achieve sustainable biodiversity outcomes. Participants will enjoy a morning of guided discussion on the characteristics of fauna crossings and hear from industry specialists on the effectiveness of some of these applications, including fauna passage integrated into Transurban’s current Logan Enhancement Project.
Transurban Queensland owns and operates 81 km of integrated tolled roads, bridges, and tunnels in Brisbane and is noted for its commitment to sustainable development through its Motorscapes projects that combine native bush regeneration with iconic public art or other social sustainability initiatives to benefit local communities and the environment. Enjoy a picnic lunch and an afternoon of interacting with a diverse range of iconic Australian wildlife at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
* This technical tour is being hosted as a standalone tour and as Day 2 of the Theory and Practice of Biodiversity Friendly Infrastructure training course. If you register for the training course, you do not need to register separately for this technical tour.
Sunday 28 April
Depart 08:30 | Return 17:00
Level of physical activity  Low. Some areas of Lone Pine may not be suitable for all wheelchairs. 
Minimum-Maximum  25-45
Price $105
Price includes transportation, admission fees, and lunch.  
Special notes  Participants should plan to wear closed walking shoes and take sunscreen, hat, water bottle, and lightweight rain coat.
Supported by Transurban


C |  Moreton Bay Marine Ecotour              

Brisbane’s local marine park and Ramsar site is at the forefront of many of the city’s major developments; it borders our airport, sea port, contains a major shipping channel, and is the ultimate receiving environment for the growing population in all of Brisbane’s catchments/watersheds. This tour immerses participants in this environment, while providing an overview of key marine impact assessments in this marine conservation park and nationally important wetland. The visit includes a guided snorkeling tour at Tangalooma Wrecks off Moreton Bay.
Sunday 28 April
Depart 07:00 | Return 17:00
Level of physical activity  Low to medium
Minimum-Maximum  15-30
Price $215
Price includes transportation, tea and coffee, lunch, cruise, admission fees. 
Special notes  Participants should plan to wear closed walking shoes and take swimming suit, sunscreen, hat, towel, and water bottle. This visit is subject to cancellation if weather is inclement. Refunds would be issued after the conference.
Sponsored by BMT


D | Biodiversity and Offsets              

Join us for a fun day out exploring and engaging with Australia’s iconic animals at the David Fleay Wildlife Centre, while learning about how environmental offsets and source protection programs are being used by Seqwater to provide net environmental benefits for biodiversity.
Sunday 28 April
Depart 08:00 | Return 17:00
Level of physical activity  Low
Minimum-Maximum  20-30
Price $105
Price includes transportation, morning tea, lunch, and admission fees.
Special notes  Participants should plan to wear closed walking shoes and sunscreen.
Supported by Seqwater


E | Gold Coast

The 2018 Commonwealth Games changed the Gold Coast forever. This technical tour will visit the former Athletes Village, which has since been transformed into a health and knowledge precinct. The tour will also travel along the new and improved light rail transit system, upgraded to shuttle athletes, volunteers and supporters, up and down the “strip.” We’ll visit a wildlife center; walk the Burleigh Headland; and observe the Glasshouse Mountains and Surfers Paradise beaches from Q Deck, located 220m above sea level in one of the tallest residential buildings in the world. 
Friday 3 May
Depart 08:00 | Return 18:00
Level of physical activity  Low
Minimum-Maximum  20-30
Price $115
Price includes transportation, lunch, and admission fees.
Special notes   Participants should plan to take sunscreen and water bottle. There will be an opportunity to swim, so swimming suit and towel are recommended.


F | Brisbane Wharf Tour              

The revitalization of the city of Brisbane, as outlined in “Brisbane City Centre Master Plan 2014:  A vision for our open city,” is epitomized by the Queens wharf and Howard Smith wharf projects. The Queens wharf project in particular promises to change Brisbane forever. The precinct, now under construction, includes five new premium hotel brands, fifty restaurants and bars, spectacular “river arena,” ballrooms, function spaces, cinemas, and a rooftop moonlight cinema. The project, with a site area of approximately seven hectares, includes 12 football fields of public event space and a new Queensland hotel and hospitality school.
Review the impact assessment process for both developments, including significant work done at Queens Wharf around flood management/mitigation, significant cultural heritage issues with retention of character/heritage buildings along George Street, contamination issues, and road maintenance issues. Attend a brewery tour at Howard Smith Wharf.
Friday 3 May
Depart 09:00 | Return 13:00
Level of physical activity  Low
Minimum-Maximum  10-40
Price $35
Special notes  Participants should plan to wear walking shoes and take sunscreen and water bottle.


G | Environmental Management at the Port of Brisbane and Brisbane Airport        FULL

Visit the Port of Brisbane, Brisbane’s major shipping port, to hear about their novel award-winning approaches to environmental management, as well the port’s recent major impact assessment case studies (e.g., cruise terminal development, dredging). Enjoy a light picnic lunch at one of the environmentally sensitive areas adjacent to the Port. Continue on to Brisbane Airport, which has commenced construction of its new major international runway. Hear about the EIA processes, including dredging for source material in Moreton Bay Marine Park, as well as the ongoing construction-phase environmental managment and implementation of impact mitigation measures.
Friday 3 May
Depart 09:30 | Return 16:30
Level of physical activity  Low to moderate
Minimum-Maximum  15-30
Price $65
Price includes transportation, morning tea, and light lunch.  
Special notes  Participants should plan to wear closed walking shoes, long trousers, and long-sleeved shirts for safety requirements and take sunscreen and water bottle. 
Sponsored by Port of Brisbane, Brisbane Airport Corporation, BMT


H | Brisbane River Sunset Tour              

Cruise the heart of Brisbane City, the Brisbane River. Be immersed in the city center from this unique perspective, and gain a true appreciation of the relationship between this city and its river, including flood impacts and flood management.
Hear about the 2011 flood, when the river broke its banks, leading to loss of life, mass evacuations in the Brisbane CBD and surrounding suburbs, inundation of 20,000 homes, and substantial destruction of local transport infrastructure.
Friday 3 May
Depart 16:00 | Return 19:00
Level of physical activity  Low
Minimum-Maximum  38-75
Price $65
Price includes river cruise and dinner. Cash bar will be available.
Special notes  This tour is subject to cancellation if weather is inclement. The tour may or may not be exclusive to IAIA19 delegates, depending on the number of participants.
Sponsored by BMT


I | Darling Downs        

The Darling Downs region is at the coal face of energy production in Australia. This technical tour will investigate the evolution of energy production in Queensland by visiting a coal mine, a solar energy research facility, and a biofuel refinery. The trip will be capped off with wine tasting and cheese at Preston Peak Winery on Saturday afternoon before heading back to Brisbane on Saturday evening.      
Friday 3 May - Saturday 4 May
Depart 08:00 3 May | Return 17:00 4 May
Level of physical activity   Low
Minimum-Maximum  15-19
Price $350
Price includes transportation, lunch 3-4 May, dinner 3 May, accommodation, water.
Special notes:  Participants should plan to wear closed walking shoes and layer clothing for cool mornings and hot afternoons. Water will be provided.


J | Southern Great Barrier Reef (Townsville)

One of Australia’s greatest treasures and contribution to the seven wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef is Queensland’s biggest tourism drawcard, with a place on “bucket lists” around the world. This stunning 2300km long marine ecosystem is also adjacent to a vast catchment that includes farmland, homes for almost a million people, and various resource industries.  How do these neighbors balance natural ecological values, social value, cultural heritage, and climate change with economic and technological development and changes in social attitudes that makes Australia one of the leading economies in the world? Talk to and learn from proponents, practitioners, and regulators, such as the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), discovering how they all develop and use innovative solutions in this exciting and critical area, all the while ticking off that bucket list item! 
Day 1:  Interactive roundtable and lunch with GBRMPA and dinner/drinks with the group. Day 2:  GBR (Lodestone Reef) snorkel day tour and free evening. Day 3:  Optional trip to Magnetic Island and free time until departure. A detailed itinerary and other information including flight arrangement instructions will be provided to participants after 1 March. 
Depart Friday 3 May - Return Sunday 5 May 
Level of physical activity  Low to medium
Minimum-Maximum  12-19
Price $765 (not including airfare)
Price includes  Day 1 lunch and dinner, Day 2 lunch and reef tour fees, and 2 nights of accommodation.   
Special notes:  Participants are responsible for booking and paying for their own flights from and to Brisbane, which range from $225-$325. Photo or other identification required (if scuba diving and for domestic flights). Heat and some rain might be expected; ensure sun protection including hat and sunscreen. Swimming suit, sandals, and hiking shoes required. Wetsuits will be available for hire.