AORA Conference 2023: Bigger, better

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The Australian Organics Recycling Association (AORA) 2023 Annual Conference was the association’s most successful to-date with a record number of registrations.

The three-day event, held in Melbourne from June 7-9, started with the Demonstration Day, this year hosted by Repurpose It in Epping.

Despite the threat of rain, 28 machines were ready for scrutiny, and attendees were not disappointed.

The Repurpose It site was prepared for the influx of visitors and machines, with a flat pad allowing easy access and viewing of the impressive range of shredders, screeners, wheel loaders, trommels and more.

This year’s line-up also included a Terra Nova Ag 4m Subsoil Ameliorating machine, providing a taste of what the future could bring with regards to greater use of compost in agriculture/primary production applications.

John McKew AORA National Executive Officer, said many attendees commented that this was the best demonstration day they had attended, and numerous exhibitors relayed how pleased they were with the number of leads they received on the day.

On Thursday 8 and Friday 9 June, delegates descended on Pullman Albert Park for the plenary sessions and networking opportunities.

The two days of sessions included themes of “The Future of Food Waste”, “A Common Vision”, “Beyond the Challenges”, “Growing Markets”, “Process Refining” and “Looking Ahead”.

Nina Taylor, Member for Albert Park, provided the opening address and international keynote, Frank Franciosi, Executive Director, US Composting Council and Compost Research and Education Foundation, gave an insight into the US industry and the challenges it’s facing.

McKew said that the challenges in the US are remarkably similar to those faced in Australia.

Penny Wensley, National Soils Advocate and patron of AORA, spoke about harnessing the co-benefits of composting and soil health for future agriculture production.

McKew said the 2023 conference was AORA’s most successful conference to-date.  That success was more closely articulated by those who attended, with their feedback overwhelming positive on the overall event.

“AORA would like to thank everyone who attended the 2023 conference for their participation, interest and involvement,” McKew said.

“AORA also acknowledges the significant contributions from our sponsors; we appreciate the financial support and the time, human resources and other contributions made to the industry and to AORA – the conference would not be possible without the support of loyal and dedicated sponsors.”

He made note of Sustainability Victoria’s sponsorship of the event, stating that collaboration and support from government is important, not just for the conference but for the long-term success of the industry.

The AORA 2024 Annual Conference has been booked at the Sea World Conference Centre, Gold Coast, Queensland for 5-7 June 2024.

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