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Subject: Welcome to ANZBC17

ANZBC17 is a 3 Day Networking Event. Showcasing pyrolysis and gasification technology. Celebrating biochar science and commercial applications.

Welcome to ANZBC17!!

Dear Delegates,

Thank you so much for registering, exhibiting, sponsoring or just presenting at ANZBC17!! With just a month to go now before we all meet up to listen, share and network with each other to achieve great outcomes, just a quick note on some of the finer details for the conference so you can prepare yourself efficiently. We expect anywhere in the vicinity of 100-150 people to attend ANZBC17 and have now opened up the gates on Day 3 from 2-5pm to the public to come in and view biochar technology, visit our trade expo and talk with industry professionals about how to make biochar & wood vinegar or where to buy it from. The number of public we expect will be known closer to the event or on the actual day. We aim to do some radio media over the next month and please spread the word amongst friends and colleagues so we can make the most of this opportunity. You can familiarize yourself with the programme, presenters, trade expo, sponsors, accommodation and meals best at


ANZBC17 is all about bridging the gap between the research that has been done to date and commercialisation of technology and products. A networking event or industry conference such as ANZBC17 brings together you, the industry professionals, biochar producers, foresters, growers, farmers, students and interested citizens so that we can form a community that collaborates on real projects that achieve financial, environmental and social outcomes.

In the past we have had some wonderful outcomes as a result of people meeting at our conferences and we envisage that ANZBC17 will be no different. With the announcement of some very exciting developments such as Johannes Lehmann’s emergent view on Soil Organic Matter, the long term benefits and carbon accumulation of biochar discovered recently by Lukas van Zwieten and Terry Rose et al to the recent Aust. Govt. funding into Co-operative Research Centres for High Performing Soils and the introduction of a whole new raft of dung beetle species right across Australia, many of my colleagues and I feel that the industry is on the precipice of something significant.

As part of a working group that has been meeting regularly since October last year we aim to establish ANZBC17 as the original and ongoing ANZ Biochar Conference on either an annual or biennial basis moving around to each state of Australia and New Zealand if the majority are amenable to what we are doing. We would also like to take this opportunity to invite you to become a member and or part of the committee of an ANZ Biochar Not For Profit Organisation at ANZBC17 (more details to come) that coordinates a regular industry conference, a monthly newsletter, regular webinar series and attracts funding through grants, either private, philanthropic and or government. This is all under the umbrella and support of the International Biochar Initiative (IBI).

I look forward to catching up with you all at ANZBC17 and please take the time to familairise with some details following or feel free to contact me directly.


Don Coyne (on behalf of the ANZBC17 Working Group)
ANZBC17 Event Coordinator

Registration Times

Registrations will take place in the foyer of Murwillumbah Civic Centre on the evening before Wednesday August 9 from 5-9pm and as of 8am on the morning of Thursday August 10. If you’re running late there will be someone there to accommodate you.
You’ll receive a lanyard with your name and company name on it. If you have not included your company name at online registration please email us.


There is a multi level carpark on the left as you come into the Murwillumbah Civic Centre. There is free all day parking on the top level however parking on all other levels requires you to purchase at $4 a day parking ticket from the Tweed Shire Council’s front desk which is on the right of the Civic Centre. We suggest you do this the day before if you can. Disabled access is available from the carpark into the Civic Centre and time limited disabled parking is available to drop off and pick up at the front of the Civic Centre.

Venue & Meals

Day 1 & 2 will be held at Murwillumbah Civic Centre Auditorium and Canvas & Kettle Room. The programme will kick off at 9am and go through till 5pm full of Powerpoint type presentations where you will be seated at tables. The trade expo will be located around the walls of the auditoirum. There will be WIFI with password and morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea can be pre purchased on the link below which will give you more generous portions and unlimited tea and coffee than if purchasing on the day.
Alternatively, you can bring your own meals, tea and coffee. As we are privately funded, priority was put on bringing you the best programme we could having representatives from each State of ANZ.
We will break for dinner for 2 hours which you can purchase from any of the cafes and restaurants in town or bring yourself. There is a canvas and kettle tea room where you can eat and network anytime through the day or evening session. We will then return to listen to Johannes Lehamann Live Streamed from Free University in Berlin on the “Contentious Nature of Soil Organic Matter” and ask questions.

Day 2 will run from 9am – 5pm with similar presentations finishing with a discussion panel on “Biochar Industry in Australia & New Zealand “How to move from Research to Commercilisation” We will then break for two hours to pack down the trade expo and prepare the Auditorium for a Networking Dinner. You can see all the details for that and pre purchase a ticket here

Day 3 we will move over to the site of the weekly Murwillumbah Farmers Market at the Walmsley Pavillion and surrounding areas of the Murwillumbah Showgrounds where our trade expo will be set up and various demonstrations of biochar technology will be undergone on the outdoor ring next to it. Practical Workshops will also be delivered under the pavillion. Food will once again be available for pre purchase or on the day in an undercover serving and eating area.


If you haven’t already organised accommodation, then we suggest you visit the accommodation page for some suggestions and possible small discount here

Thank you again for attending ANZBC17 we look forward to catching up with you soon!!
Click on the links below to book into the Networking dinner or to pre purchase your meal ticket.

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