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VCCC Committee members surveying the conference facility
Planning is well underway for the next AFotC Conference scheduled for 16-18 September, 2022 at Lake Dewar Lodge in Myrniong, Victoria. Situated in the Pentland Hills about one hour north west of Melbourne, Lake Dewar Lodge is a YMCA camp which hosts many types of groups. The Lodge has wonderful meeting facilities within a serene bushland setting. Upon inspection, the organising committee were very impressed with the venue and consultative planning began from then on. A large open-plan conference space is the main feature with full span windows overlooking the picturesque lake. This space has a mezzanine level fitted out with arm chairs, ideal for time-out sessions during the weekend.
There are 3 other versatile spaces within the whole complex which are suitable for different workshops/meetings. Full meeting visual and audio equipment is available, as are other recreation and break-out areas.
Lake Dewar is a fully catered facility and is fully licenced. Accommodation consists of modern, clean, comfortable and mainly bunk-bed cabin-style rooms of various sizes, with shared bathrooms. Heating is available in all rooms and air-conditioning in some. Tranquil, undulating native bush surrounds the buildings and there’s a 5km walking track that meanders around the property.
Lake Dewar Lodge is a 20 minute drive west from the nearest main centre Bacchus Marsh (population 20,000). The small town of Myrniong (population 400) is 10 minutes away, and Ballan, a larger town (population 3000), is a 15 minute drive to the west. Access to Lake Dewar from Melbourne is easy – a 60 minute pleasant drive up the Western Freeway to the turn-off with a 5km road leading to the Lodge from the freeway (total distance 75Km). Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) is one hour’s drive away. Shuttle buses operate between the airport and Ballarat (stopping in Bacchus Marsh). There is also a V/Line train service stopping at Bacchus Marsh and Ballan (Ballarat Line).
We look forward to seeing you there!
Alison Kinghorn (VIC)
VCCC (Victorian Camino
Conference Committee) Member