Art of Multimedia's involvement with Interpretation Australia over the past 15 years has seen Beata Kade; AOM managing director serve as Treasurer for three years. Fully cognisant and appreciative of the service the volunteer Executives provide in all the professional organisations, we were pleased to sponsor the Annual Conference again this year.
Although one of the smaller, so far un-funded associations, IA plays a vital role in developing, networking and promoting the natural, cultural and built heritage interpretation professionals in Australia and beyond.
Held in Melbourne, October 2019, the conference theme was Sustainable Stories; Interpreting for the Future, where presenters and delegates considered sustainability in interpretation as a means of broader economic, cultural and social sustainability.
Spread amongst Melbourne's iconic locations, including Deakin Downtown, Melbourne Zoo, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria: Melbourne Gardens and Victorian Trades Hall, the delegates enjoyed stimulating papers on topics including Mixed Reality Technologies, Aboriginal Discovery Ranger Programs, Geotourism Adding Value to Traditional Nature-based Tourism and Sustainable Wildlife Tourism, amongst others.
IA's Excellence Awards recognised and celebrated diverse interpretive projects. These included two projects with sustainability at their core Solar Forest - Sustainabili-trees: Werribee Open Range Zoo, Zoos Victoria and Recycling Discovery Hub: ACT NoWaste, ACT Government. Congratulations to all the winners and participants, which includes suppliers, as well as the organisations who commission the projects. It is our community who benefit from your creativity and dedication.
Congratulations also to Scott Killeen, the 2019 Winner of the George Waterman Award, which recognises the life long contributions of outstanding interpreters. Scott has also worked tirelessly in various IA Executive Roles, including President.