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2017 Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference

24 MAY 2017, The Star Gold Coast (formerly known as Jupiters Gold Coast)

The 2017 Search and Rescue Conference was held on 24 May at The Star Gold Coast (formerly known as Jupiters Gold Coast), Queensland and followed the Australian & New Zealand Disaster & Emergency Management Conference to provide an additional feature day to the three day program.

Information for 2018 will be available soon.


Featured Speakers 2017


  • Mr Rhett Emery, Secretariat, NZSAR
  • Mr Rich Hungerford, Director/Senior Instructor, Bush Lore Australia
  • Assistant Commissioner Rob McNeil, Assistant Commissioner Regional Operations, Fire & Rescue NSW and Associate Professor Benjamin Brooks, Research Fellow, National Centre for Ports and Shipping at the University of Tasmania
  • Ms Louise Proctor, Secretariat, Australian National SAR Council
  • Professor Jonathan Roberts, Professor in Robotics Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology
  • Mr Henry van Tuel, President, Coastguard New Zealand

Who Should Attend

From Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific region SAR professionals

  • Federal and State Government
  • Australian Defence Force
  • Department of Maritime Safety and Rescue
  • Federal and State Police
  • Rescue Coordination Centred and Search and Rescue Units
  • SES and Volunteers Organisations
  • Private SAR operators for air searches
  • Private SAR operators for sea
  • The Bureau of Meteorology and weather forecasters
  • Coast Guard and Coast Watch
  • SAR Canine
  • SAR education and trainers
  • Emergency Services
  • First responders to natural disasters
  • Customs and Immigration
  • Industry associations
  • Equipment supplier and service providers


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