Market development training, expert speakers, technical tours and awards made up another successful flagship event for the Australian Organics Recycling Association (AORA).
Around 200 delegates attended the AORA National Conference over 3 to 5 August in Parramatta, for which the theme was “Compost: Beyond Production”.
The event opened with a day-long professional training workshop to help businesses specialising in recycled organic products to develop markets and improve their sales approaches. Including panels on farmer and supplier perspectives, the workshop included an interactive session facilitated by David Hanlon, Director of coaching consultancy, The Right Mind.
Flying in from the USA, Research Associate Professor at the University of Washington Dr Sally Brown delivered the keynote speech. She focused on rethinking markets for recycled organics and shared details of trends from the States.
The conference sessions included a diverse mix of speakers covering all aspects of recycled organics through to composting and helping agriculture business understand the benefits.
The AORA Awards Dinner was held on the Thurday evening, with 165 attendees for a superb evening of food, networking and fun.
NSW Environment Minister Mark Speakman was the VIP guest speaker and also helped to present the awards. The winners were:
- Outstanding contribution to industry development award – Johannas Biala
- Compost User Demonstrating Innovation & Advocacy – Barbra & Steve Leisk, Do Little Farm
- Outstanding Compost Marketing – Simon Humphris, Enviromix
- AORA Legend Award – Andy Gulliver C-Wise.
Comedian Vince Sorrenti provided the after-dinner entertainment, segwaying into the party time of the evening.
The final day of the event involved tours of various facilities around Sydney that are using recycled organics, including the Valentine Micallef Farm, EarthPower and the Barangaroo project.
“The event has been a huge success,” said AORA Executive Officer Peter McLean. “It has been a great opportunity to move the conversations forward about recycled organics and the challenges facing our sector, as well as linking together diverse businesses within our industry.”