RGA 2018 Annual Conference: “Locally Owned – Globally Focused”

Thursday 2 August 2018 12:00pm
Friday 3 August 2018 9:00am

The Ricegrowers' Association of Australia (RGA) invites you to be part of the 2018 Annual Conference, being held at the Rich River Golf Club in Moama on 2 & 3 August 2018.

The 2018 conference theme is Locally Owned – Globally Focused where we are taking the opportunity to celebrate not only Australian rice, but the people, growers, company, systems and technology that play a vital role in making Australian rice competitive on the global stage.

The two-day conference agenda includes presentations by guest speakers and a trade exhibition, followed by a Gala Dinner on Thursday evening.

Our AGM and business reporting sessions will be held on Friday morning, with post-conference tours to be conducted in the afternoon.

Purchase tickets here. 

DAY 1: Thursday, 2 August from 12pm - 5pm

12pm - 1pm: Conference registrations and lunch

1pm - 5pm: Conference sessions


Session One: Rice in 2023

-  Rob Gordon, CEO, SunRice
-  Tom Howard, General Manager, AGS, Growers Services and Agronomic Development, SunRice


Session Two: Technology and User Application Panel Session


-  Andrew Bomm, Managing Director, Progressive Agriculture



-  Tim Harvey, General Manager Strategy, Innovation, and Operations for Regional and Agribusiness Banking, Commonwealth Bank
-  Matt Kelly, Advisor for NSW Riverina, Precision AgriculturE

Alicia Garden, Chief Executive Officer, Discovery Ag

Session Three: Rice and Environment

-  Matt Herring, Ecologist, Murray Wildlife (Bitterns in Rice)


Session Four: Looking Over the Fence

-  Rob McGavin, Founder, Boundary Bend


Gala Dinner: Thursday, 2 August from 6:30pm - 11pm

The Conference Gala Dinner provides an ideal opportunity to mix with your fellow rice growers and conference sponsors.

The Gala Dinner will be held at Radcliffe's, 2-10 Radcliffe Street, Echuca and will include a three-course dinner and beverages.

Please note: Places for dinner are limited and will be recorded on a first come, first served basis.

Entertainment by Lokki Somerville.

Cost (dinner only):
$110 per person (financial members)
$160 per person (non-financial members) 

DAY 2: Friday, 3 August from 9am - 12pm

8am - 9am: Conference registrations and breakfast

9am - 12pm: RGA Annual General Meeting (AGM)

12pm - 3pm: Post Conference Tours


Post Conference Tours: Friday, 3 August from 12pm - 3pm

Two post conference tours, that are synonomous to the Echuca-Moama area, will be available for conference delegates and guests this year. 

Lunch at Perricoota Station

Settled by James Maiden in 1843, Historical Perricoota Station consisted of about 120,000 acres, stretching about 30km north and 30km west of Moama. The station was the heart of the strong rural Moama community providing high quality merino sheep, Cobb & Co horse transport, cattle and fruit orchards for local and domestic distribution.

Today, Perricoota Station retains all the historic glamour including the magnificent Homestead built in the 1860’s and set in 150 years of manicured gardens.

The group will be hosted for lunch at the fully restored “Packing Shed” situated on the water’s edge of the Murray River, and will be treated to a two course set menu showcasing fresh local produce. Beverages will also be available for purchase.

The tour includes transport to and from Perricoota Station from Echuca, and lunch.


$75 per person

Please note: A minimum number of 15 guests will be required for this tour to proceed. Final numbers will be required by COB Friday, 20 July 2018.


Barmah Choke Tour

Enjoy a unique two hour cruise along the 'Barmah Choke' on the Murray River - an area of international importance in the world's largest River Red Gum Forest.

Hosted by Kingfisher Cruises, hear fascinating commentary from your guide about the history of the Choke, its impact on the region and the agricultural and environmental intricacies including the hundreds of species of water birds, animals and native fish that have made the Barmah Wetlands and Forest their home.

The tour includes transport to and from the docking point, and a packed lunch.


$65 per person 

Accommodation Options:

Quest Apartments
25-29 Heygarth St, Echuca VIC 3564
(03) 5481 3900


Nirebo Hotel
251 Hare Street, Echuca VIC 3564
(03) 5482 2033


The Georgian Motor Lodge
373 - 375 High Street, Echuca VIC 3564
03 5480 9313


Riverboat Lodge Motor Inn
476 High Street, Echuca VIC 3564
(03) 5482 5777


Rich River Golf Club
Twenty Four Lane, Moama NSW 2731
(03) 5481 3333

2018 RGA Annual Conference

With thanks to our sponsors