Events – Excursions

Thursday 12th February

5.50       Coach departs from the UNSW Canberra flagpole

6.10       Coach departs Mercure Hotel

6.30       Welcome reception at the National Arboretum for conference attendees and their invited guests

7.00       Welcome message

8.30       Coach departs National Arboretum Canberra, stopping at Mercure Hotel and UNSW Canberra

The National Arboretum was created after the 2003 bushfires devastated the pine plantations around Canberra, and is a place of natural beauty for the community and visitors to enjoy, as well as a key centre of research, learning and conservation. It also has the most spectacular views of the Canberra region.

Nest III Sculpture


Friday 13th February

5.40         Coach departs from the ADFA flagpole

5.55        Coach departs Mercure hotel

6.15         Boarding at the Yacht Club (Mariner Place, Yarralumla)

6.30         MV Southern Cross departs the jetty

6.45          Entrée service begins

7.15           Main course service begins

7.45          Dinner speaker

8.15           Dessert

9.30          Docking at the Yacht Club

9.40         Coach departs the Yacht Club for Mercure Hotel and UNSW Canberra

Dinner will be a three course meal with wines served while cruising around the lake, taking in sights such as Government House, the National Gallery, the Australian War Memorial, and Parliament House along the foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin.

Guest speaker for the event will be Commodore Steve Woodall (see below for more details), who will talk about his experiences of reconstruction in Cambodia in 1993 and Banda Aceh after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.

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After dinner speaker- Commodore Steve Woodall

WoodallCommodore Woodall joined the Royal Australian Naval College in 1979 as a 16 year old Cadet Midshipman. He has extensive experience at sea as a warfare officer including serving with the Royal Navy on two occasions. Command experience includes the Heavy Landing Craft HMAS Tarakan and the Amphibious Landing Ship HMAS Kanimbla. During his period in command of Kanimbla, the ship was deployed in support of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami relief operations off Aceh, Indonesia. He was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross for his contribution to this operation. Commodore Woodall has also served as the Commander Australian Amphibious Task Group, a deployable Tactical Warfare Commander, responsible for planning and executing all amphibious operations and collective training activities.

Operational experience includes Operation SUMATRA ASSIST I (Aceh 2005), BELISI II (Bougainville 1998), WARDEN (East Timor 1999) and UN Peacekeeping Force (Cambodia 1992).

Commodore Woodall’s shore postings include Career Manager in the Directorate of Naval Officer’s Postings, Staff Officer Amphibious Plans in Maritime Headquarters, Staff Officer to Chief of Navy, Director Amphibious Capability Requirements for the Landing Helicopter Dock project and the Naval Attaché in Washington, DC. In recognition of his achievements as the Naval Attaché, he was awarded the United States Legion Of Merit (Officer Division).

Commodore Woodall commenced his current posting as Director General Joint Force Integration in Joint Capability Coordination Division in Jan 2013.

Commodore Woodall is a graduate of the Australian Army Command and Staff College, Queenscliff and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts, a Graduate Diploma in Management and is a member of the Australian Institute of Project Managers.