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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Brisbane is Australia’s largest city in the subtropics, enjoying an enviable climate of hot, bright summers and warm, mild that makes any time of the year a good time to visit. Brisbane is a dynamic destination on the Pacific Rim – a colourful, sophisticated city with a youthful, “can do” attitude.

Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland – Australia’s Smart State, is ideally located in the northern half of Australia with excellent international flight connections. Brisbane is the gateway to Queensland’s range of tourist options. Endless beaches, indulgent resorts, rainforest hideaways, islands, the Great Barrier Reef, prized world heritage areas and the Outback are all on the doorstep, making it uniquely located for pre and post conference touring.

Also, Australia’s stable social and political environment ensures it is a safe and cost effective destination. Delegates will experience a friendly and welcoming environment wherever they travel in Australia.

The Conference will offer delegates opportunities to “see Australia in a different light”.

For further information on Brisbane, Queensland and Australia visit:
www.ourbrisbane.com
www.destinationqueensland.com
www.australia.com

The Conference also coincides with Brisbane’s famous “Ekka” – the Royal Queensland Show. For more information on all the action, visit www.ekka.com.au. Please note that Wednesday 17 August 2005 is the ‘Ekka’ Public Holiday in Brisbane.

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Facts and History about Queensland
Queensland welcomes people from interstate and overseas with ideas, skills and initiative to share a quality of life that ranks with the best in the world. A relaxed lifestyle, affordable homes and easy commuting make Queensland one of Australia's most attractive places to live and work.
With up-to-date technology and services, the lowest taxes in Australia and plenty of space to develop and expand, Queensland is the preferred location for many new businesses each year.
The people of Queensland enjoy an outdoor lifestyle with world class beaches and waterways, national parks, rainforests and tropical reefs. Our pleasant climate (average summer temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius, average winter temperatures of 15 degrees Celsius) means that Queenslanders enjoy more winter sunshine and warmth than most other Australian states.
Queensland's enviable lifestyle ensures that its current population of over three million continues to grow and prosper.

Area 1.72 million sq km with 7,400 km of coastline
State Capital Brisbane
Population 3.8 million
Head of Queensland Premier Peter Beattie
Time Brisbane is +10hrs GMT
Climate Average summer temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius
Average winter temperatures of 15 degrees Celsius
History Want to know more about Queensland’s history visit http://www.qld.gov.au/about_queensland/history/index.html
State Emblems

Animal – Koala
Bird – Brolga
Flower – Cooktown Orchid
Gem – Sapphire

For more information about Queensland’s State emblems visit - http://www.qld.gov.au/about_queensland/emblems/index.html

Sister States The Queensland Government participates in bilateral Sister State arrangements with the following governments:
• Province of Central Java, Republic of Indonesia (non-government Internet site)
• Province of GyeongGi (Kyonggi), Republic of Korea
• Prefecture of Saitama, Japan
• Municipality of Shanghai, People's Republic of China
• State of South Carolina, United States of America

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Facts and History about Australia

Area 7.68 million sq km. Australia is the sixth largest country in the world. It's about the same size as the 48 mainland states of the USA and 50 per cent larger than Europe, but has the lowest population density in the world — less than three people per square kilometre.
States and Territories Australia is made up of six states and two territories. Each state and territory has its own parliament, flag and floral emblem.
National Capital Canberra
Largest Cities Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
Population 20 million
Language English
People 92% Caucasian, 7% Asian, 1% Aboriginal
Religion The majority (71%) of the Australian population follow Christian beliefs.
Government System Federal Democracy
Head of Federal Government Prime Minister John Howard
Currency Australian Dollar – to check current exchange rate click here (www.oanda.com/converter/classic)
Major Industries Minerals, oil, coal, gold, agriculture, forestry, wool, cereals, meat, tourism, manufacturing
Climate

Australia's seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Australia's climate is typically mild in comparison with the extremes that exist in both Europe and North America. The seasons:

Spring: September–November
Summer: December–February
Autumn (Fall): March–May
Winter: June–August (average temperatures in August range from 10 degrees Celsius to 20 degrees Celsius)

Australia also features a diverse range of climatic zones from the tropical regions of the north, the arid expanses of the interior and the temperate regions of the south.

History For millennia, Australia's Aboriginal people lived and thrived in Australia's unique and challenging natural environment. Australia's rich vegetation and native wildlife helped them establish their presence on the land. Today it is believed Aborigines are the world's oldest civilisation. It wasn't until Captain James Cook arrived in Botany Bay in 1770 that the great southern land was officially discovered by Europeans. Overcrowded prisons in England and disruption caused by the American Revolution were two key reasons for the first shipment of convicts to Australia in 1788.
Driving Australians drive on the left hand side of the road.
Food & Beverage Australian cuisine is very broad and choices range from the traditional meat pie to Asian influences to American fast food. Tap water is safe to drink.
Tipping Tipping is not customary and is at the discretion of the visitor.

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Source: BCEC

Venue - Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Corner of Merivale and Glenelg Streets
South Brisbane, Queensland
Tel: +61 (0)7 3308 3000
Fax: +61 (0)7 3308 3500

The state-of-the-art Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) is one of the finest purpose-built, fully integrated meeting facilities in the southern hemisphere, with the largest tiered plenary capacity of any convention facility in Australia.

With advanced technological capabilities and functional flexibility, the Centre provides the ideal venue for the International Conference on Engaging Communities.

The Centre is a 5 minute walk from the city’s cultural hub which includes South Bank Parklands, Queensland Art Gallery, State Library, Queensland Museum, Queensland Maritime Museum, Queensland Conservatorium of Music and Queensland Performing Arts Complex. It is also just across the river from Brisbane’s CBD and government precincts. Take a moment to view this great facility – www.bcec.com.au.

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