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Field Trips Friday 15 October, 2010

The ICTC Society is proud to present three field trips each offering a different perspective of Coffs Harbour and the surrounding regions. Times for all field trips are indicated below. Delegates are requested to indicate their order of preference for field trips on the registration form. For more comprehensive information on each field trip, visit the ICTC Society website at www.ictcsociety.org then go to 2010 conference and select Field Trips. Maximum and minimum numbers apply for each field trip. Catering will include morning tea and lunch.

Field Trip 1: Developing a Sense of Place – Coffs Harbour’s City Centre and Marina Precincts (Coach and Walking Tour)

Departing Opal Cove 9.00am – Return Approximately 2.30pm Departing Aanuka 9.15am

Delegates will have the opportunity to walk through the Coffs Harbour City Centre with a discussion on the revitalisation of the City Centre through the removal of the old Mall, and retail initiatives that have taken place since its removal.

Delegates will then travel by Bus along Harbour Drive, via the Promenade, a boutique retail hub, situated in the old Butter Factors, and then via the recently refurbished Jetty Memorial Theatre.

From the memorial Theatre delegates will take a stroll through the Jetty Café Strip where the recently completed Link Road has reduced vehicle traffic significantly along the strip helping to restore the areas Village atmosphere.

Finally the trip will culminate in a walk along the Coffs Harbour Marina and Harbour precinct and a facilitated discussion around the proposed redevelopment of the precinct and some of the issues that have been faced thus far.

This Field rip is ideally suited to those interested in developing a sense of place, retailing, the development of waterfronts, and creating linkages between retail centres.

Field Trip 2: Coffs Harbour Infrastructure Program (Coach Tour)

Departing Opal Cove 9.00am – Return Approximately 2.30pm Departing Aanuka 9.15am

The $250 million dollar Coffs Infrastructure Alliance was a partnership between Coffs Harbour City Council, ABI Group and GHD. The alliance was responsible for the implementation of three major infrastructure projects including the Coffs Harbour Water Reclamation and Treatment Plants, and the Hogbin Drive Extension Bridge Structure.

The trip will commence with a tour of the $60 million dollar, 42 megalitres per day, Water Treatment Plant. The Plant, featuring DAFF technology, was designed and built to strict environmental, social and economical principles and will ensure the regions water supply continues to meet Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

Delegates will then travel via the 130 metre, 5-span Bangalor Bridge, constructed by the alliance as part of the Hogbin Drive North-South arterial road extension.

This will be followed by a tour of the 72000EP Water Reclamation Plant, also opened in 2010. With a capacity to treat up to 107 million litres of water per day, the Plant has the ability to distribute reclaimed water to irrigate crops and water sporting fields.

The trip will finish with a tour of the multi award winning Coffs Coast Resource Recovery Facility incorporating the 20 million dollar Biomass Facility, and the most technologically advanced Materials Recovery Facility in Australia, all of which are working towards maximising resource recovery and minimising the amount of regional waste going to landfill.

This Field rip is ideally suited to those interested in Planning, Designing and Implementing major infrastructure projects.

Field Trip 3: Development of Alternate Economic Drivers – Moving Past Tourism (Coach and Walking Tour)

Departing Opal Cove 8.30am – Return Approximately 3.00pm Departing Aanuka 8.45am

First stop for delegates will be the National Marine Science Centre (NMSC), which was conceived as part of Australia’s Oceans Policy and constructed with a grant from the Commonwealth Government’s Centenary of Federation Fund. A significant development in the study and research of marine and coastal science and management in Australia, the Centre was opened in 2002 and is a joint venture of the University of New England and Southern Cross University.

The NMSC is an exceptionally well equipped coastal institute based at Coffs Harbour, with an emphasis on utilizing the protected marine environment of the Solitary Islands Marine Park around the centre, enabling students, academic and professional researchers to excel in the study of marine science and management.

Delegates will then travel by bus to the Coffs Harbour Health Campus and have a tour of the facilities. Discussion on what services are provided at the facility and the other health services available in the LGA.

The bus tour will then travel to the Coffs Harbour Education Campus, an innovative new learning environment incorporating a Senior High School, TAFE, Southern Cross University and the Coffs Harbour Innovation Centre, all on the one site.

The campus specialises in a range of courses from furniture design, hospitality, children’s services, accounting, real estate, small business, horticulture, welfare, fine arts, information technology, engineering and hairdressing.

The delegates will then travel to the Sawtell Village precinct where a major Village streetscape project was undertaken in 2008, and this will be followed by a facilitated discussion to be held on the importance of diversifying the local economic development base to include service industries.


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