2018 Planning Institute Australia State Conference - September 19-21 2018 Planning Institute Australia State Conference - September 19-21

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to participate in the 2018 PIA State Conference in the diverse setting of Gladstone, Queensland. This prestigious event will be held in the Gladstone Region for the first time, and the conference committee is fired up. 
It’s an exciting time for the planning profession as it continues to grow, adapt, motivate and confront delegates in the evolving and forever changing industry that we work in.

PIA (Qld), in conjunction with the Gladstone conference committee, is currently developing the program to ensure the conference delivers innovative, informative and inspiring presentations for delegates to share ideas that will spark our pursuit to become better planners. 

The theme of the conference, Fuelling the Powerhouse, acknowledges the vast industrial industry that the Gladstone Region is renowned for, while highlighting the role planning and planners play in igniting our regions that we all call home. 

PIA and the Gladstone committee look forward to welcoming you to the 2018 State Conference. Keep an eye out for upcoming updates as we progress to develop a dynamic program that will magnetize your planning passion. 

Gladstone's domain

At the centre of the Gladstone Region is the city of Gladstone which is known for being the ‘engine room of Queensland’.
But that's not all that we have to offer; the Gladstone Region is the gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef with fishing hotspots, beaches, country adventures and national parks.  
Lake Awoonga 
Lake Awoonga is approximately 30 kilometres from Gladstone and is known for its game fishing (barra, saratoga and sea mullet). If you enjoy more of the relaxing side water recreation, you can hire a boat or kayak from Lake Awoonga Boating and Leisure Hire, take a walking trip, swim or laze under the shade of the trees. 
Island Hopping
Fancy a trip to the islands of the Southern Great Barrier Reef?  Heron Island is located just off the coast of Gladstone and boasts some of the best scuba diving and snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef. Heron Island is a coral cay, meaning it is completely composed of sand and coral fragments. 
Lady Musgrave Island is only accessible from boat at Seventeen Seventy which provides visitors with a range of experiences. Scuba divers and snorkellers may encounter manta rays and giant rainbow coloured fish or coral trout. Swimming and snorkelling inside the lagoon offers calm, crystal clear water. 
To continue name-dropping, our region also has day trips to Facing, Wilson, Curtis and Quoin islands.
The stunning coastlines of the seaside communities can be experienced at Boyne Island, Tannum Sands, Agnes Water, Seventeen Seventy, Turkey Beach and Baffle Creek. The white secluded beaches of Agnes Water and the birthplace of Queensland in the township of Seventeen Seventy are well worth the drive. If you have had enough beach walks, there are national parks and trails for the keen 4WD enthusiast or a bushwalk adventurer. 
Mountain hiking
To overlook the distinct Gladstone Region, Mount Larcom can offer a steep, sweat-inducing mountain climb that overlooks the township and all it has to offer. If muscle fatigue isn't on your list of things to do while in Gladstone, Kroombit Tops and the Boyne Valley drive may offer a spectacular alternative to cruise through our more regional communities. 
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