Sat, 02/09/2017 - 9:00am to Sun, 03/09/2017 - 5:00pm

              AGT 2017 Timetable-Any questions: Janice Fitzpatrick, Treasurer, APS Coffs Harbour email: Mob 0418 350 937

Saturday Morning, 2nd September: Cavanbah Hall

8.00am            Registration at Cavanbah Hall, 191 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour. Tea and coffee provided

8.45am            Welcome to Country - smoking ceremony Gumbaynggirr elder, Mark Flanders

9.00am            Welcome to AGT hosted by Coffs Harbour Group, Alison Moore, President

9.10am            Guest Speaker: Lawrie Smith AM, past President ANPSA 50 Shades of Green, and questions

9.50am            Guest Speaker: Mark Graham, A quick exploration of the past and present values and the potential future(s) of rainforests in Northern NSW and questions

10.25pm          Guest Speaker: Craig Stehn, Regeneration Case Study: The Coffs Jaliigirr Project and questions

11.00pm          Morning Tea

11.30pm          Guest Speaker: Dan Clarke, APS Conservation Officer, and questions

12 noon           Demonstration: Rainforest Identification: Gwen Harden, and questions

12.20pm          Demonstration: Rainforest Identification: Peter Poropat, and questions

12.40pm          Lunch at Cavanbah Hall, with speakers available to answer further questions


Saturday Afternoon, 2nd September: North Coast Regional Botanic Garden

2.00pm            Reconvene at the NCRBG, at the Pavilion, immediately inside Garden, on the left. Visitors will be placed into one of 6 groups for a tour of the Rainforest regions of the Garden.

2.15pm            Groups will depart for various parts of the Garden, under different tour leaders.

3.15pm            Groups will start to return to the Pavilion where afternoon tea will be available.

3.15pm            Visitors are welcome to visit other parts of the NCRBG at their leisure. A map of features will be available to assist your personal walk 

5.00pm            Garden closes


Saturday Evening 2nd September:  Rainbow Room, CeX Club, Coffs Harbour

7.00pm            Those visitors who have opted to attend the Dinner and APS awards presentation, please start arriving at the CeX Club, 1 Vernon Street, Coffs Harbour, at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start.  Concludes 11.00pm

Sunday Morning, 3rd September:  Bird Walk in the NCRBG

7.30am            Up with the birds to hear and see the local avian fauna, a walk led by local bird expert, Dick Cooper, in the Botanic Garden. Meet at the entrance. Light refreshments will be available.


Sunday Morning, 3rd September: Orara Valley Native Plant Nursery and Coramba Nature Reserve

9.30am            Those not attending the Bird Walk, Sunday will begin with a visit to the Orara Valley Native Plant Nursery and surrounding garden at the home of members Lyn and Rowan McCabe

10.30am         Morning Tea, then proceed by car to the nearby Coramba Nature Reserve

11.00am         Coramba Nature Reserve for a tour of the regeneration work done by most of the tour leaders who will showcase this extraordinary project of remnant riparian rainforest preservation.

12.15pm         Proceed north along Orara Way to Kungala, roughly half way between Coffs Harbour and Grafton, and the home of Geoff and Gwyn Clarke. This will take between 30-40 minutes from Coramba.


Sunday Afternoon, 3rd September: Clarke garden, Kungala

1.00pm            Bring your own lunch, with tea and coffee and light refreshments provided.

1.30pm            Tours of this extraordinary garden created on a limestone ridge with amazing diversity of plant life.

3.15pm            Visitors can choose to return to Coffs Harbour via Nana Glen and Coramba or coastal route via Arrawarra.