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Welcome to the Annual General Assembly of PIANC

Message from the Chairman and Board of PIANC Australia

Dear PIANC colleagues and partners – Welcome to Australia and Cairns!

It was in September 2002 that PIANC Australia last hosted the PIANC Annual General Assembly at Darling Harbour, Sydney, immediately before the 30th PIANC Congress.

In 2017 we welcome the PIANC AGA back to Australia. This time we have chosen the tropical city of Cairns, in the north east of Australia. With easy international air access, Cairns is the gateway to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and home to a busy cruise shipping and recreational boating industry.

In addition we are pleased to be able to welcome the BTV (YP Biennial Technical Visit) to Cairns at the same time as the AGA. Please see the separate welcome and registration on the BTV tab of this website.

The AGA/BTV will be held at the Hilton Hotel overlooking the harbour and marinas. Our banquet dinner will be held at the historic cruise ship terminal building adjacent to the hotel. We have prepared an interesting program around the AGA including a trip to the Outer Barrier Reef.  There will be many touring options for those who want to arrive early or depart a little later and we encourage our colleagues to spend a little additional time relaxing and exploring all the elements of the surrounds of Cairns, including tropical rainforests, river tours to see crocodiles in their natural habitat or more tours of other parts of the Great Barrier Reef.

Whilst it is winter in Australia in June, you can expect temperatures ranging from an average minimum of 18 degrees Celsius to a maximum of 26 degrees Celsius with sea temperatures of about 24 degrees Celsius in tropical Cairns.

On behalf of the Board of PIANC Australia I welcome all of our international colleagues and their partners to our annual gathering of the PIANC family in Cairns.

We also thank of Australasian and International sponsors for their generous support of the AGA/BTV and associated activities.

Neil Lawson
Chairman, PIANC Australia Inc

PIANC Australia Board

Neil Lawson
Chairman
Neil Lawson and Associates

David Anderson
Deputy Chairman
Ports Australia

Joel Bailey
Board Member
Wavelength

Greg Britton
Board Member
Royal Haskoning DHV

Marika Calfas
Board Member
NSW Ports

Associate Professor Ron Cox
Board Member
University of New South Wales

William Glamore
Board Member
University of New South Wales

Scott Keane
Board Member
Cardno

Kate Panayotou
Board Member
GHD

Richard Hill
Board Member
GHD

Jason Sprott
Board Member
Sprott Planning & Environment

Michel de Vos
Board Member
Port of Napier