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WIA 2012 AGM and Weekend Of Activities

May 25th, 26th and 27th 2012

We are pleased to announce details for the WIA 2012 Annual Conference being held in Mildura. The host club is the Sunraysia Radio Group, led by Garry Briant VK3KYF and Noel Ferguson - VK3FI Members who register for the event will be able to participate in a range of fascinating and memorable activities.

The Mildura region is renowned for its big skies, rich earth and welcoming locals. Experience respected wine and bountiful local produce that is chosen in the preparation of great food served up at quality restaurants and available at markets, eateries and cellar doors. Come and discover the breathtaking natural beauty, Mediterranean climate and fascinating local histories, located near the region's life source the Murray River.

The weekend program will commence on Friday evening at the historic Settlers Club with a buffet dinner. On Saturday morning the WIA Annual General Meeting followed by the Open Forum will be held in the ballroom at the Mildura Grand Hotel with lunch provided for all registered attendees. On Saturday afternoon a technical symposium is being planned which is likely to become a real highlight of the weekend. On Saturday evening the Annual Dinner will be held in the Grand Ballroom at the Mildura Grand Hotel. Sunday will feature a cruise and lunch on the famous Paddleboat Mundoo. For those remaining in Mildura for those staying for Sunday night, a casual BBQ has been arranged at the home of Noel Ferguson VK3FI, Fergus Park, Nichols Point.

Friday Evening Dinner at the Settlers Club

The Settlers Club Mildura began its illustrious history in 1893, and early members tended to be professional people and the more successful block owners. Regrettably, after being a great success for so long, it ran into financial difficulties and closed just short of its centenary in 1993. It is now a very successful function centre, and a popular place for having meals and gathering in a convivial atmosphere - as it was when it was the original club. The building is located at the corner of Eighth Street and Orange Avenue.

After the evening meal, Alan Cameron a Mildura businessman, balloon pilot and marriage celebrant will be giving a very interesting and informative talk titled “Sunraysia – Past, Present and Future”.


Mildura Grand Hotel

The Mildura Grand Hotel will be the venue for the majority of the activities over the weekend.

The Mildura Grand is located on Seventh Street, Mildura. The WIA has negotiated a special deal with the Mildura Grand Hotel. The Grand will offer all participants in the WIA's Annual Conference special rates for accommodation as follows: Grand Rooms $140, Grand Executive Rooms $165, Suite $200, Grand Suite $240. These prices are for up to two people per room and includes a cooked breakfast for each person in the Chandelier Room, and are available for as many additional continuous days as required. The charge for an extra person per room is $30 per person and includes the cooked breakfast. Children under the age of 12 are free of charge.


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The WIA Annual General Meeting

On Saturday morning the 26th May 2012 the Wireless Institute of Australia will conduct its national Annual General Meeting of members. This year’s AGM will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Mildura Grand Hotel, commencing at 9:00am.

The AGM will be followed by the presentation of awards, after which the Open Forum will commence with reports presented on all WIA activities over the year and the opportunity to raise any issue desired. Morning tea and coffee will be served at 10:30am



Technical Symposium - Technology To The Future

Amateur Radio technology to the future. Hear what the experts have to say, learn about the cutting edge technology and what our Australian Amateurs have been working on, and the bright future for our hobby.

Andrew Martin, VK3OE
Andrew is a qualified Telecommunications Engineer --- Andrew has developed a remote internet controlled site and chirp radar for amateur use. Andrew will discuss his remote site together with recent developments and results obtained with the chirp radar.


Peter Cossins, VK3BFG
Peter is one Australias digital ATV gurus having been involved with the installation and operation of ATV repeater VK3RTV since 1977. Peter will talk on his experience with digital ATV - Peter’s talk is titled “DVB-T what it is, and where its all going”

Terry Baume VK5VZI
Terry Baume, 23 years of age, was first licenced in 2010 and is the principal lead for the Project Horus team. Terry works in Adelaide as a freelance IT consultant and recently presented the work of the Project Horus team to the Linux conference in Ballarat.
Jan King, W3GEY
Jan is a world recognized expert on satellite design and space communications. Jan’s initial involvement with Amsat started with Oscar 5 in the late sixties.




Alternative Program
Saturday Tour For Partners

The WIA hopes that partners will also choose to join in for the AGM weekend of activities. The weekend planning also includes an optional Saturday program of relaxing social activities of interest to partners, as an alternative to attending the Saturday AGM, Open Forum and TechnicaL Symposium. Departing from the Mildura Grand Hotel at 9am, the tour will include Mildura Art Centre, Australian Inland Botanical Gardens, Alfred Deakin Centre, Woodsies Rock Shop, and cottage craft outlets. Morning tea, a light lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.


Saturday Evening Annual Dinner

Saturday Evening Annual Dinner
On Saturday evening the WIA will host it's Annual Dinner in the Grand Ballroom at the Grand Hotel (pictured above). The evening will be a great social occasion as well as providing an opportunity for a few words from some key people.

Buffet Menu
The Dinner will be $50 per head, more details will be posted here as soon as they are finalised. Wine, beer and soft drink will be available for purchase on the night.


Sunday Morning - Project Horus Weather Balloon Launch

Be part of Amateur Radio history in the making. On Sunday morning the Project Horus team will launch a giant weather balloon over Mildura complete with camera, digital telemetry and voice repeater payload. Join in the chase and be the first to recover the payload to win a brand new Yaesu FT-1900R transceiver. The Horus balloon launch is proudly sponsored by the Sunraysia Radio Club and local businesses.

The Project Horus team have become famous amongst amateur circles for their weather balloon launches with payloads capturing data at altitudes in excess of 35,000m. Tracked by GPS and radio communications - once the balloon has burst, the payload descends to Earth and is retrieved. Hear about their exciting Horus launches and be part of history in the making when on Sunday morning Horus 88** will be launched.


Be the first to recover the Horus balloon payload and win this brand new Yaesu FT-1900R transceiver.


** Please note
The exact Horus balloon launch number to be announced


Sunday Afternoon - Cruise and lunch on the Paddleboat Mundoo

Enjoy a Sunday Cruise and Lunch on the Paddleboat Mundoo. The Paddle Vessel Mundoo or PV Mundoo, was built in 1987 at Goolwa, South Australia, by Jock Veenstra and his family owned company. She was initially powered by an 1892 Garrett & Sons steam engine and boiler which had been restored to mint condition. This boiler was the original steam engine from the P.S. Pyap. In 1999, Captain Alby Pointon and his wife Freda purchased the PV Mundoo from the Veenstra's at Goolwa, to add to their paddleboat business at Mildura. On the 5th December 1999, the PV Mundoo departed from Goolwa and undertook the epic 888 kilometre cruise up the Murray River to Mildura, cruising at an average speed of 8km/h.


The PV Mundoo arrived in Mildura on the 16th of December 1999. Immediately on arrival at Mildura, the PV Mundoo was introduced to regular cruises, fulfilling the demand of charter groups, weddings and larger dining cruises. The original boiler and engine combination installed in the large PV Mundoo was unable to provide the necessary power on a fast flowing river. The decision was then made to remove this plant and install a diesel engine and hydraulic motors to drive her. This has proven to be a huge success and allows the Mundoo to operate safely in all weather and River conditions. The PV Mundoo is of steel hull construction, 34.9 metres long, with modern conveniences, kitchen and dining facilities to cater for up to 180 passengers, in one comfortable area featuring attractive quality timber ceilings and bar facilities.


Sunday Evening BBQ At Fergus Park.

For those not traveling back to their home QTH on Sunday afternoon and who will be staying in Mildura on Sunday evening, then the host club the Sunraysia Amateur Radio Club would like to invite you to a relaxing evening BBQ at Fergus Park the home property of Noel Ferguson VK3FI. This cost for the Sunday evening BBQ will $10 per person, drinks will be BYO.


Preliminary Conference Programme & Timetable

Friday 25 May 2012
2 pm to 5 pm Registration at the Mildura Grand Hotel
6 pm Buffet Dinner at the Historic Settlers Club
Saturday 26 May 2012
8 am to 9 am Registration at the Mildura Grand Hotel
9 am to 12.45 pm Annual General Meeting and Open Forum, Mildura Grand Ballroom
1 pm to 2 pm Lunch
2 pm to 5 pm Technical Symposium (details to be announced)
6 pm to 7 pm Drinks in the Club Lounge
7 pm Annual Dinner, Hot and Cold Carvery Buffet, Mildura Grand Ballroom
Sunday 27 May 2012
11.30 am to 3.30 pm Cruise and lunch on the Paddleboat Mundoo
5:30 pm For those staying for Sunday night, a casual BBQ at the home of Noel Ferguson, Fergus Park, Nichols Point

Please note : A Partners Tour will be available for Saturday, including visits to some highlights of Mildura and the Riverina area. The cost of that tour will be included in the registration fee.


Conference Weekend Registration

Please ensure that you use the online registration form at the bottom of this webpage to register your attendance for the weekend activities. A $75 per head registration fee is charged for participation in the weekend activities (aside from attending just the AGM and Open Forum meetings).

Bookings are expected to fill quickly, so you are encouraged to register early. When you register the WIA office will send you a copy of the Mildura – Sunraysia Tourist Guide (pictured right), to assist you with any other touring you may wish to do around the Sunraysia area.

The registration fee of $75 per head will automatically be calculated when you use the online booking form below. Please note, if you have young children under the age of 12 who you plan to bring to the weekend and these children are not involved in amateur radio, then please do not record them using the online form, instead simply phone the WIA office and speak with Margaret or Dianne. For seating and catering purposes we do need to know how many will be coming.


Travelling To Mildura

There are many ways to get to Mildura, but depending where you come from, Qantas or Virgin Blue may be a good option. If you are thinking of coming by air, it is suggested that you consider checking with the airlines and booking early.

Travelling By Car
Mildura is 1,015 km from Sydney (about 12 hours), 542 km from Melbourne (about 7 hours), 399 km from Adelaide (about 5.5 hours), 1,660 km from Brisbane (about 21 hours) and 2,999 km from Perth (about 1.5 days)
Google maps can provide assistance with directions

Travelling By Train
The trip from Melbourne to Mildura is 566 kilometres by train and bus (there is no direct train route to Mildura). The journey takes approximately 7 hours. Travel by train to Swan Hill or Bendigo and then take the V/Line Coach connection to Mildura.
For further information and bookings phone vline on 136 196 or visit the website

Travelling By Air
The Mildura region is well served by flights from Melbourne and Adelaide. The distance to the airport from Mildura city is 11 kilometres which takes approximately 10 minutes by vehicle.

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VirginBlue : 13 67 89

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Car Rental In Mildura

Budget : (03) 5021 4442 (Mildura Airport)
Website :

Avis : (03) 5022 1818 (Mildura Airport)
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Hertz : (03) 5022 1411
(Mildura Airport)
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Thrifty : (03) 5023 2989 (Mildura Airport)

Mildura Tourist information

Tourist information is available from the Mildura Visitor Information & Booking Centre
180-190 Deakin Ave Mildura
Phone (03) 5018 8380
Website :
Maps, planning tools, bookings and free advice areavailable.

Arriving At The Mildura Grand Hotel

Mildura Grand Hotel
Seventh Street
Victoria 3500
Phone: (03) 5023 0511



Grand Hotel Accommodation

Mildura Grand Hotel
Seventh Street, Mildura Victoria 3500
Phone: (03) 5023 0511
Fax: (03) 5022 1801
Website :

Room rates :
Grand Room - $140 per night, inc breakfast for two people
Grand Executive Room - $165 per night, inc breakfast for two people
Suite - $200 per night, inc breakfast for two people
Grand Suite - $240 per night, inc breakfast for two people

These prices includes a cooked breakfast for each person in the Chandelier Room, and special rates are available for as many additional continuous days as required. The charge for an extra person per room is $30 per person and includes the cooked breakfast. Children under the age of 12 are free of charge. We suggest that you request to speak to either Kelly Lang or Ian George when making your booking.

Motel Accommodation

Commodore Motor Inn
Cnr. Deakin Avenue & 7th Street
Mildura, Victoria 3502 Australia
Phone : (03) 5023 0241
Fax : (03) 5021 1585
Website :

Room rates :
Standard Business Class Room - $132 per night
Standard Economy Room - $115 per night

Rates are for 2 people. Extra adults $15.00. Extra children $15.00. Each room caters for a maximum of 3 guests in total.

7th Street Motel
153 Seventh St
Mildura, Vic, 3500
Phone : (03) 5021 1888
Website :

Room rates :

Queen Room - $100 per night (double)
Queen Twin Room - $115 per night (double)
Family Rooms - $130 per night (maximum of 4 people)

Please mention WIA Annual Conference when booking for a special rate..


Caravan & Cabin Parks Located In Nearby River Bush Locations

Buronga Riverside Caravan Park
Murray River, Buronga, VIC, 2739
Phone: (03) 5023 3040
Fax: (03) 5023 3040

Rates :
Powered caravan site $24 per night
Cabins from $50 per night

Apex River Beach Holiday Park
435 Cureton Ave (western end)
PO Box 632, Mildura Vic 3502
Phone: 03 5023 6879
Fax: 03 5021 5390

Rates :
Powered caravan site $26 per night
Cabins from $62 per night


Caravan Parks Located Within The Mildura Town Area

Sun City Caravan Park
Cnr Cureton Ave East & Benetook Ave
Mildura, Vic, 3500
Phone : (03) 5023 2325

Rates :
Powered caravan site from $25 per night
Cabins from $75per night

Palms Caravan Park Mildura
Corner Cowra Avenue and Cureton Avenue
Mildura, Vic, 3500
Phone: 03 5023 1774

Rates :
Powered caravan site from $25 per night
Cabins from $75 per night


Reserve Your Place Today

Book Online.

Please note, the registration fee of $75 per head will automatically be calculated when you use the online booking form below.

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Friday Evening Dinner at the Settlers Club $55 per head
Saturday Morning WIA AGM Meeting & Open Forum Free
Saturday Afternoon Technical Symposium No Additional Fee
Saturday Local Sightseeing Tours For XYL's Partners No Additional Fee
Saturday Evening Annual Dinner in the Grand Ballroom $50 per head
Sunday Paddleboat "Mundoo" Includes Lunch $50 per head
Sunday Evening BBQ at Fergus Park $10 per head
Weekend Registration Fee $75 per head

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