Who do I contact with any questions?
Please contact the event organiser John James, Manager (Reef Extension Training Development), Department of Agriculture and Fisheries: t: 07 4529 4125 m: 0417 617 572 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
When do registrations close?
Registrations close at 5:00 pm on 07/05/2019, as we need to advise final numbers for catering a week beforehand.
Can I update my registration information?
Yes but please do so before 5:00 pm on 07/05/2019, otherwise the nametags we print will be incorrect. Please contact the organiser after that date so that changes can be made manually.
Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?
Err, it’s free! We’re happy that if you can’t attend that you arrange someone else to take your place. Please do so before 5:00 pm on 07/05/2019, otherwise the nametags we print will be incorrect. Please contact the organiser after that date so that changes can be made manually.
What if I have special dietary needs?
Please let us know when you register if you have any special dietary needs.
Is there parking available at the venue even if I’m not staying there?
You are welcome to use the Mercure Townsville carpark, which has over 200 complementary on-site car parks.
Should I prepare a PowerPoint presentation for the Unconference?
No, save your energy for the real work! The philosophy of an Unconference is that participants engage in informal discussion about topics that are important to them. These will be held in multiple locations, often outdoors and without access to power points, so there won’t be any PowerPoint presentations! You’re welcome to put your thinking cap on now though, and even bring along a prop or something to stimulate the discussion around a topic you propose.
How do I propose a topic to be discussed during the Unconference?
During the agenda setting session, you will be invited to nominate a topic related to ways of further improving farmer practices in the Reef catchments. You will be invited to write a short catchy title on a piece of A4 paper and then announce the topic, inviting others interested in discussing that topic to join you during one of the five concurrent sessions.
How do I choose which topic to attend?
Once all the topics have been nominated, they will be displayed on a wall, showing the location and time. You then get to choose which topics you’d like to discuss. There will be multiple topics offered in each of the five concurrent sessions, so you choose the ones that interest you the most.
But what if I want to attend two topics being held at the same time?
As Malcolm Fraser told us, life wasn’t meant to be easy! As you may know, that is a paraphrase of a line from Back to Methuselah, a play written by George Bernard Shaw. It goes on to say “Life is not meant to be easy, my child; but take courage: it can be delightful”. We encourage you to be courageous and choose the topic for which you have the greatest passion, and if you change your mind part way through, you can politely leave and go to the other one.
Will the Unconference just be a talkfest without any resultant action?
You’d be surprised how much action can result from a group of passionate people animatedly discussing a topic for one hour. There will also be a session towards the end of the Unconference where we’ll discuss ideas that we’d like to act upon and $50,000 in grants has been earmarked to kick-start suitable projects.
If I propose a topic, do I get to talk about it for the full hour?
The purpose of the sessions are for all group members to actively participate in the discussion. As the topic owner, you get to introduce the topic and share your ideas, and you then help guide the discussion for the rest of the time and encourage all present to contribute.
But I’m not a trained facilitator; how can I lead a group for an hour?
Relax and you may be surprised how easily it happens. Just introduce yourself and share why the topic is important to you, and any particular ideas you have. Then invite others to share their thoughts and ideas.
What if we finish in less than an hour?
Simple… do whatever you’d most like to do in the time available. Go for a stroll, grab a coffee or a bite to eat. Just be considerate and don’t interrupt any other groups that are still going.