2013 AAQ Conference


CONFERENCE COORDINATOR ANDREW BRAY. Phone enquiries: (07) 3396 5730 or 0428 636 269 or 0405 191 283 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


The AAQ Conference is open to full and associate members and their partners. 2 day conference fees $185.00 per person.

Associate members the two day fee is $215.00.

The Sunday farm tour and Aquaponics presentation is open to non members for $95.00 per person.

Join the AAQ from $115 (Associate) $285 (Full licensed) $165 (Interstate & Overseas) per year.

The AAQ Conference and field day will be held at the Isis Club, Churchill St, Childers, 4660 on the 10-11th August 2013.


This years AAQ conference will be held back in Childers on the 10-11 th of August at the Isis Club.
Conference and industry dinner on the 10th, with the second day touring local members Aquaculture farms.
This will include a tour of the Ausyfish hatchery, as well as grow-out farms.
The day will end at Col and Jan Taylor's farm for lunch and refreshments.


Confirmed presenters as at 20th of June.
Dr Michael Hutchison (DAFF)
Dr Peter Kind (DAFF Qld.)
Murray Hallam (Practical Aquaponics)
Andrew Bray (BIG Nutrition)

Click here to download AAQ Conference 2013 Registration Form


Accomidation options.

Childers motels and accommodation options If calling from outside Queensland dial 07

 Gateway Motor Inn  4126 1288
 Panda Motel Childers  4126 1773
 Mango Hill Cottages B&B  Ph/Fax 4126 1311  www.mangohillcottages.com
 Mango Paradise Bed and Barra  Ph 41266124  www.mangoparadisebedandbarra.com
 Motel Childers  4126 1177  Easy walking distance
 Sugar Bowl Caravan Park  4126 1521
 The 3 Big Fig Trees  B&B  Ph/Fax 0741261838.  www.the3bigfigtrees.com.au 
 Childers Tourist park & Camp  4126 1371
 Avocado Motor Inn  4126 1608


The Isis Club is situated at the southern end of the main business centre of Childers on the western side of the road.


CONFERENCE 2013 DRAFT AGENDA (Plaese note: This agenda is a work in progress, and is subject to frequent changes.) 




Session 1

7.30 am          Registration (coffee & tea available)


9.00 am          Welcome - AAQ President Rob Bartley


9.15 am          Peter Kind (DAFF Qld)

Structure of fisheries Qld, Policies, Hatchery Protocols


9.45 am        Fish Health and Better Management Practices for Murray Cod Farming- Shari Cohen (DPI, Victoria)


10.30 am        Morning Tea


Session 2


11.15 am        Charlie Knotting (Future Wave)

Updating from last year, Charlie will show us the latest

developments of their Future Wave products, and

see one in operation on Sunday at QNF’s farm.


11.45 am        AAQ AGM and General Meeting


12.30 pm        Lunch


Session 3

2.00 pm          Dr. Michael Hutchison (DAFF)

Following the successful breeding of the Jungle Perch,

an overview and update will be given on the future of

the Jungle Perch as an Aquaculture species.


2.45 pm          Kristian Just (Ridley)

Developments in Native Aqua feeds.


3.15 pm          Peter Kind (DAFF Qld)

Stocking programs and SEQ waterways.


4.00 pm          Afternoon Tea

5.00 pm          CLOSE

6.30 pm          Industry Dinner, Isis Club.

8.00 pm          AUCTION


To download the agenda for Saturday 10th, click here




Farm tours featuring Murray Hallem Practical Aquaponics

You MUST be registered ! click for registration form. $95.00 per person


8.00 am Meet outside the Isis Club for car pooling arrangements.



8.45 am          AUSYFISH www.ausyfish.com

741 Sims Rd, Childers. Ausyfish is a certified disease free hatchery, 

and an approved quarantine facility for export of live fish.

Established by Bruce Sambell in 1988, the farm 

consists of 127 ponds on 200 acres and licensed to 

produce 200 different species including silver perch and jade perch.




10.30 am        QLD NATIVE FISH

Hatchery Rd, Childers.

Dale and Lisa Cockerton run QNF, 

specializing in the grow out of Jade Perch in ponds as 

well as producing fingerlings from their own hatchery. 

With a small Aquaponics system on site, Murray Hallam will run through an experts overview and give 

details of how to successfully start your own Aquaponics setup. Morning tea will be provided.




12.00 pm        POND PERCH

539 Knocksrow Rd, North Isis.

Steve and Lisa Volz produce Silver Perch on their 39.4 ha property which has two fingerling 

ponds and 15 grow out ponds. Members will be given a guided, on foot, around the property, tour.





3957 Isis Hwy, Cordalba.

Col and Jan Taylor’s farm is situated 10 mins NW of Childers 

and is run as a B&B as well as a Silver Perch grow out facility.

There are two cabins available for accommodation where visitors and tourists can also throw a 

line in the fish out ponds, where they can catch a number of species, including Barramundi over 100cm 



A BBQ lunch will be provided, with drinks available to purchase from the licensed bar.

Murray Hallem will be available for questions.


 To download the agenda for Sunday 11th, click here.