PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE FOR THE 2016 CONFERENCE
The 38th Annual Conference of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists will be held in Mackay, from the 27th to 29th April 2016 at the Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre.
The Conference theme is “Emerging Technologies in a Global Industry”. The 140 year old sugar industry is striving to remain viable in a very competitive global sugar market, and as such, continually exploring diversification opportunities in the renewable energy (cogeneration and ethanol) and bio-products sectors. The Queensland State Government has recently expressed a desire to develop a state biofuels and bio-industry and this creates a path forward for those willing to explore the potential.
Our keynote speaker will be Pramod Chaudhari, Executive Chairman of Praj Industries Limited. Praj is most notably a supplier of ethanol technology and production plants, and has diversified into manufacturing other process and biochemical equipment, and waste water treatment plants.
The annual ASSCT conference is Australia’s premier sugar technology forum and great opportunity for sugar producers, farmers, millers and researchers to discover the latest developments and innovations in sugar technology. The primary objectives of the ASSCT have always been:
• to promote discussions of sugar cane and cane sugar technology of interest to the Australian Sugar Industry by means of annual conferences, and
• to promote the investigations of problems concerning the production of cane sugar.
Authors and presenters will benefit from the recognition and professional development that come with publishing a paper in the ASSCT proceedings. For researchers, the conference provides a most effective means of disseminating R&D results out to the sugar industry on the ground. The Industry Equipment Exhibition provides an avenue for suppliers to the sugar industry to display their latest developments and to network with their customers and clients.
The Mackay region is located on the central coast surrounded by rich cane growing land supported by a large manufacturing sector. The Mackay region has much to offer visitors, including the Great Barrier Reef and many island resorts. Visitors can also relax at the many beaches and enjoy a meal in the restaurants associated with them.
An excellent Partner’s Program is being arranged by my wife, Carmel, Jacquie Stewart and Kay Hodgson. Partners will tour many of Mackay’s local attractions and will enjoy the gourmet offering of local produce at some of Mackay’s finest restaurants and of course there will be plenty of time for some retail therapy.
My Executive and I look forward to welcoming members, Conference visitors, Industry Equipment Exhibition participants, and accompanying partners to Mackay for what we expect will be a stimulating and informative 38th ASSCT Conference. Hope to see you there.
INTERNATIONAL VISITORS TO AUSTRALIA
All visitors to Australia must have a valid Visa before boarding their plane regardless of the length of stay.
For the best possible chance of obtaining a Visa to travel to Australia to attend our conference, you should:
1. Determine which visa you should apply for, more information available here.
2. Apply for your Visa at least 6-8 weeks before your intended date of travel to Australia (or 2 weeks for online applications) as Visa processing times may vary.
3. Consider Australia’s Visa Application requirements, which you will have to meet as part of the Visa application process. More information available here.
4. If you are not from a eVisior or ETA eligible country, ensure you obtain a confirmation of your registration or a letter of invitation, to attach to your paper-based visa application.
Lodge paper-based Visa applications at the Australian Visa Office nearest to your current country of residence.