Wednesday Activities

The Local Organising Group have arranged a number of activities for Wednesday afternoon. A full buffet luncheon will be provided at the Pan Pacific Hotel. After lunch coaches will transport delegates to one of the following four destinations.

Maximum numbers apply to some activities and priority will be given to those who register first.

Maalinup Gallery – Cultural Experience

Maalinup is the Place of the Black Swan, which acknowledges the galleries location at Henly Brook in the picturesque Swan Valley, Perth, Western Australia.  The Swan Valley is the oldest wine growing region in Western Australia and home to great wineries, restaurants, and attractions.  You can make a day of it or stay in one of the many accommodation options.

The afternoon will start with a welcome in Noongar language and introduction by your Aboriginal presenter followed by an informative talk covering:

  • A brief local Aboriginal history
  • Traditional Aboriginal agriculture
  • Traditional Aboriginal food
  • Walking across the land according to our Noongar six seasons, accessing and sharing different food resources

and then on to the food itself:

  • Contemporary popular bushfoods and uses
  • Herbs, spices, peppers, and fruits to sniff, touch, taste
  • Sauces, jams, oils, and chutneys to try
  • Some delicious food incorporating Aboriginal flavours to try.

then a peek at the bushfood garden (weather permitting) where you can also purchase plants. Then back to the gallery to browse our bushfood range, gifts, and artworks.

Murdoch University – Animal Hospital
(Activity Fully Booked)

Delegates will have the opportunity to get a behind the scenes tour of The Animal Hospital at Murdoch University and the facilities of the School Of Veterinary Medicine.

Murdoch’s School of Veterinary Medicine was the first in Australia to be built as a purpose-designed veterinary teaching and research facility, and this is reflected today in the wealth of integrated, on-site facilities providing animal, clinical and research exposure for undergraduates. Veterinary science was a foundation course of Murdoch University, with the first class graduating in 1979, and since then over two thousand veterinarians have been trained at the university.

Uniquely for a suburban campus, an on-site farm allows production animal handling and clinical skills training within the main university site. Additionally, facilities include spacious multi-purpose teaching laboratories and lecture theatres, a multi-user microscopy teaching facility, an in-house histology and immunohistochemistry laboratory, purpose-designed anatomy and pathology dissection suites, and a world-class anatomy museum. With support from the Veterinary Trust we have recently established a clinical skills centre that will enable our students’ ample opportunity to practice the manual skills and techniques that are required by practicing veterinarians. The Veterinary Clinical Sciences building in the heart of the School houses The Animal Hospital which has divisions dealing with Primary Care, Small Animal Referral, Large Animal Referral, Farm Animal Veterinary Services and Emergency & Critical Care, and a superbly appointed Surgical Teaching Facility.

Delegates will get the opportunity on this site visit to see these facilities up close. The tour includes

  • a walk through the animal hospital;
  • a visit to the anatomy museum where you can view specimens of zoonotic parasites;
  • the new clinical skills laboratory; and
  • the surgical teaching facility and a visit to the pathology necropsy suite.

Optus Stadium

This private tour an exciting excursion that allows your group to experience the inner sanctum of the Stadium. Delegates will have the opportunity to explore the state of the art facilities in The Locker Room and see the amazing views from Level 5. The guided tour will be led by knowledgeable and friendly tour leaders provided by the stadium management.

You’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the playing surface, the Swan River and Perth city from the Stadium’s highest vantage point, and also experience the inner sanctum. Along the way you will discover sports memorabilia detailing WA’s rich sporting history, and don’t forget your camera because there will be plenty of photo opportunities around the Stadium.


  • Walk around the most state-of-the-art Stadium in the southern hemisphere
  • Behind the scenes change room access
  • Magnificent views of the city from the Sky View Lounge
  • A broad array of WA sporting memorabilia
  • Wheelchair access throughout the tour
  • Areas included on the tour are subject to availability and may vary without notice

Please note: Delegates are advised that there is approximately 1.5kms of walking on this tour. Stairs also form part of the tour route, however, lifts are available. The tour duration is between 75-90 minutes.

Sims Metal Management

The tour will consist of a perimeter walk around a yard and a brief discussion/overview meeting in our conference room.

The Sims Metal Kwinana operation is the Jewel in the Sims crown. Our state of the art recycling centre was commissioned in 2016 and houses the State’s largest, most sophisticated and environmentally friendly metal shredder. Our tour will take you around the Kwinana site, where you will see the shredder in operation, large pieces of machinery in action and 1000’s of tonnes of scrap metal processed and ready for export.

SMM is the world’s largest metal recycling company. Globally our leadership position has been built through an uncompromising commitment to safety, customer service and the expertise and loyalty of our extraordinary people.

Delegates please note

As part of  OH&S delegates attending this tour will be required to wear the following clothing and footwear:

  • long pants
  • long sleeves
  • steel capped boots

Hard hats, hi-vis vests, and protective glasses will be provided at the site, however, we encourage delegates that may have some or all of this safety gear to bring it along with them.

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