Symposium Reminder

Good morning IAT Supporters, Friends and Collaborators

Not long now before our first Inland Astro-Trail Symposium in Parkes tomorrow about generating new opportunities in inland communities through to the transformative power of astronomy, STEAM outreach, the arts, heritage and cultural development.

I’m looking forward to welcoming many of you to this very consequential event.

But, before that, a few practicalities about the venue and parking, a reminder about online booking, the link to our updated program, the agenda for our first AGM, and a note from our caterers, The Dish Cafe, for vegetarians.

Online booking

If you haven’t already booked online, please do so here >> 
Or at least reply to this email to let me know you’ll be attending and can pay on the day so I can tell Craig, our caterer, how many people he needs to feed.
And – this is especially for vegetarians – please let me know if you have any special dietary needs for dinner.

Venue & Parking

The Symposium will be held in the Coventry Room, Parkes Shire Council Building next to the Parkes Library, 25 Newell Highway (Bogan Street), on the Forbes side of the CBD. You’ll find a large parking lot behind the library and plenty of free on-street parking around it.

Air conditioner warning: Our Council colleagues warn that the Coventry Room’s air conditioner is stuck on very cold at the moment and recommend that you bring a jacket – even if it’s 35+ degrees outside! Something to do with impending renovations, they say.


You’ll find the full updated symposium program on the Big Skies Collaboration website by clicking the link. Registrations open at 9 am with tea/coffee and networking. I’ll then take you on a quick virtual tour of our 700 km Inland Astro-Trail and founding vision, and the Mayor of Parkes, Ken Keith OAM, will welcome you to his hometown.

From 10 am our guests from Breakthrough Initiatives, Jamie Drew and Danny Price will tell us what they’re doing with radio telescopes around the world, including the Parkes ‘Dish’.

After morning tea, our 18 panellists will explore the potential of our IAT from their own very different perspectives, including Astro-tourism, the role of Local Government, Astro-heritage, STEAM Outreach, First Nations, Chinese astrology, and Arts and Culture, with an emphasis on funnelling thousands more people from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney to our inland communities.

At 4.30 we’ll move on to some serious strategising about what we need to do to actualise our founding vision. At 5.30 IAT Inc.’s acting President, Donna Burton will open our first AGM, including the all-important election of skilled people to carry our vision forward.

IAT Inc. membership and committee nomination forms will be available at the registration desk.

The AGM agenda

  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Chairperson’s report
  4. Presentation of Financial report
  5. Constitution amendments – discussion
  6. Election of Office Bearers: Chair. Deputy Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, general Committee Members
  7. General Business, including membership Fees for next financial year
  8. Nomination of working groups: including IAT Development, Communications, Astro-tourism, STEAM Outreach, Arts and Culture, First Nations astronomy, and Astro-heritage.
  9. Date of next meeting
  10. Close

Dinner @ The Dish Cafe

After the AGM we’ll all make our way out to the Parkes Radio Telescope for dinner at The Dish Cafe and to meet our after-dinner speaker: Jane Kaczmarek, the resident astrophysicist and passionate STEAM outreacher. Google map here >>

And on Thursday the hard work begins for our new committee and working groups to make all our great ideas real!

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow morning. Travel safely.

Clear Skies!

Dr Merrill Findlay
for Inland Astro-Trail Inc.
T: 0404057162


Big Skies Collaborators acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work and live and recognise their continuing connection to Country. We also pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.


Newsletter sent 5 February 2019. This page created 5 April 2019.