Australia’s energy future in the pipeline

THE Australian Pipeline Industry Association (APIA) is a proactive industry representative body that responds to its members’ suggestions and ideas, and is involved in discussions
about the issues that affect the pipeline sector.
The association’s activities are diverse, including policy work on regulatory and economic issues; climate change challenges; and safety and the environment. APIA has raised the profile of natural gas as a sensible fuel for use in a carbon-constrained future, and highlighted the important role that transmission systems will play in that future.
APIA holds about 30 events and functions every year, but it is undoubtedly its annual convention and exhibition that are the highlight of the association’s calendar.
A showcase for the industry and for APIA, the convention and exhibition is an opportunity for members from all sectors of the industry to meet and address important issues. A major event in the national energy and infrastructure calendar, the event attracts attendees from across Australia and around the world.
The 2012 convention will be held from October 13 to 16 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. The theme of the 2012 convention is ‘The Pipeline Industry – Expertise; Growth; Opportunity’, a title that was designed to highlight the importance of skills in the transmission pipeline sector and the need to ensure those skills are developed in the next generation to optimise opportunities for the future.
“This is an opportunity to share critical knowledge in this, the major Australian state for the coal seam gas industry,” APIA stated.
“The convention and exhibition will provide relevant, up-to-date information about projects and international issues, address technical, environmental, safety and economic challenges and look at new developments in the industry.
“The exhibition will provide exhibitors with an excellent opportunity to demonstrate innovations and highlight successes [and] delegates can ask questions and discuss the latest products and services.”
An outstanding forum for the exchange of ideas and information on an international scale, the 2012 APIA Convention and Exhibition is a must-visit event for those in the pipeline
sector.
Beautiful Brisbane
Delegates at the 2012 convention will be able to enjoy Brisbane’s warm weather, outstanding scenery, stylish shopping and museums.
The city’s South Bank precinct, by the banks of the Brisbane River, is a delightful hub of activity offering hotels, restaurants and a wide range of shopping; outdoor activities in parks,
walking and cycling tracks; and an artificial beach and pools.
Brisbane’s warm, humid climate makes it perfect for outdoor dining and leisure activities, and the recreational and networking portions of the 2012 APIA Convention’s program make the most of all that the city has to offer.
The city and its skyscrapers are surrounded by hills and infused by parklands, with a myriad of bridges – for cars and pedestrians – and magnificent scenery.
The Brisbane River meanders through and around the city, accentuating the beautiful parks and walkways. As well as its abundance of restaurants, cafes, parks and gardens, the South Bank precinct is also is host to the ‘The Wheel of Brisbane’, which offers 360-degree views, from almost 60m high, in a fully enclosed, climate-controlled capsule.
At the heart of the Brisbane CBD is Queen Street Mall, which attracts more than 26 million people every year.
Fortitude Valley and Paddington are other popular shopping destinations, as are Brisbane’s famous weekend markets: the Riverside Markets at Eagle Street Pier and the Lifestyle Markets in South Bank.
Cultural attractions within the city include the Museum of Brisbane, Queensland Police Museum, Queensland Museum, Brisbane Tramway Museum, Maritime Museum, Queensland Energy Museum and the Telstra Museum.
Registration
Delegates are asked to please note the registration closing dates carefully. Accommodation cannot be guaranteed beyond 200 rooms or after Friday, August 31 2012 at convention hotels.
The 2012 APIA Convention’s full delegate registration includes:

  •  A convention satchel and contents
  • Various sponsored items
  • Copies of the convention’s papers and presentations on CD
  • Attendance at all of the business sessions listed in the program
  • Complimentary tickets to social functions (some may have limited numbers so delegates are urged to register early to ensure they don’t miss out)
  • Attendance at all luncheons and morning and afternoon teas

Entry to the event’s trade exhibition Partner registration is also available, and includes attendance at all recreational activities and social functions listed in the program as well
as entry to the trade exhibition. Day delegate registration includes:

  • A convention satchel and contents
  • Various sponsored items
  • Copies of the convention’s papers and presentations on CD
  • Attendance at the business sessions listed in the program
  • Attendance at lunch and morning and afternoon teas on the day/s registered
  • Entry to the event’s trade exhibition
  • For day delegates, attendance at recreational activities and social functions will be charged at the quoted rates

Children up to and including 15 years of age are complimentary and are welcome to attend the program’s Sunday outing, Partners’ Day outing and luncheons; however, they must
be registered and are not permitted to attend evening functions.
Tickets to functions may be purchased for children 16 years and older at quoted rates.
(Delegates are asked to note that licensing restrictions may apply for selected functions)

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