Expectations of Attendance
When you decide to attend a PLoP conference, you effectively make a commitment
to your Writer's Workshop group, one that involves providing
constructive comment and review for each of the authors. Many of the
PLoP activities are designed to form cohesive Workshop groups
and to encourage effective communication between members.
PLoPs are generally small conferences ( between 20 and 60 people) and so each individual
has a chance to make a contribution to the Workshop groups and the conference.
We expect that an author who submits a paper to KoalaPLoP intends to attend the
entire conference, or to send a proxy (preferrably a joint author) in the event that
he or she is unable to attend. PLoP conferences are unique in that
you, the author, get expert review before submission.
The time of expert reviewers (ie. our network of shepherds) is valuable,
and we expect that this investment will be repaid with attendance and active
contribution to the conference program.
We also expect that all attendees will be present for each of the 3 conference
days (Wednesday 9am to Friday 2pm), for the obvious reasons of continuity.
PLoPs are deliberately situated some distance from cities and centers
of activity to encourage the 'retreat' aspect of the experience of attending.
We therefore actively discourage partial or selective attendance.
If for some reason you cannot attend all conference sessions, please let
the Conference Chair
know, and we will attempt to deal constructively
with genuine requests for absence from a part of the conference.
As stated in the Agenda, this year we have decided to make attendance at The Country Place
optional on Tuesday night. This means the KoalaPLoP 2002 will
officially commence at 9:00am on Wednesday May 15th.
This allows some attendees to save the extra expense of dinner,
bed and breakfast for Tuesday 14th at the Country Place.
We expect to see everyone at 9:00 am at the Country Place (foyer)
on Wednesday morning for registration.
However, you are most welcome to choose to stay at The Country Place
on the night of Tuesday 14th May. We have had an early indication that
a few attendees will be choosing this option.
You may elect to book just accommodation (bed and breakfast),
or you may enjoy an excellent 3-course dinner as well.
The Country Place have quoted us the following rates for Tuesday night for conference attendees:
$A207.90 for dinner, bed and breakfast for Tues night.
$A156.20 for bed and breakfast only for Tues night.
Both rates are for one person, partner rates are stated below.
If you wish to stay Tuesday night, please place your booking directly
The Country Place
by calling or emailing them. Preferably call them on
(+61 3 9278 7000), quoting your attendance at KoalaPLoP 2002, and
make your reservation. If you have to use email, address your
booking request to
Country Place Email.
They will settle all expenses incurred for Tuesday night
with you personally, rather than via the KoalaPLoP account.
This means that you will personally settle with The Country Place for
your Tuesday night expenses, as well as paying the KoalaPLoP 2002 registration
fee, which will cover all your expenses for the duration of the conference.
Of course, you may choose to stay in or around Melbourne on Tuesday night.
See the About Australia page on this site for some options.
If you stay in Melbourne, remember to ask your host about transport to
The Country Place for Wednesday morning.
All attendees will be required to regsiter at 9:00am at The Country Place
on Wednesday 15th May. At the registration, you
will be required to make payment, if you haven't already done so.
We will also require you to sign
a simple statement that indemnifies the organisers of the event from any personal legal challenge. This indemnifies the individuals
associated with running the event from any personal legal challenge, it does not compromise the indemnity insurance cover
held by any of our vendors, or The Country Place. If you have any questions
about this procedure, please email
the Conference Chair
Accepted Methods of Payment
We will process all conference fees through Monash University. Monash accept
Mastercard, Visa and Bankcard. When you regsiter, please fax a signed
authorisation with card type, card number, expiry date and amount to Mr.
Akamon Kunkongkapun, Monash CSSE, on +61 3 9903 1077. Akamon will
handle the transaction and issue a receipt if required.
If you prefer, you can snail-mail a cheque, made payable to
"Monash University KoalaPLoP" to Akamon at
Computer Science and Software Engineering, 900 Dandenong Rd., Caulfield East, 314, Victoria, AUSTRALIA.
Attending Partners and Children
Partners and children are most welcome to attend KoalaPLoP. The
from James Coplien neatly encapsulates our policy on attending partners,
it is reproduced
with Cope's permission here:
At other PLoPs -- well, I guess at EuroPLoP in particular -- bringing
a partner along has become quite fashionable and a very nice adjuct
to the conference.
Couples have always been welcome in the plenary events:
the games, the opening ceremony, and so forth. And so have
One thing that may come up
is the degree to which
we "allow" the partners to "integrate" with our activities.
I suggest that the conference be open to them in all
regards. That's how it really works at EuroPLoP, and
it's not been a problem on any account. It has in fact
been a blessing.
At KoalaPLoP, we adopt the EuroPLoP approach wholeheartedly. There is, however,
one proviso -- we will not have the luxury of a separate games leader as EuroPLoP does, nor will we have a dedicated games area.
This means that children will need to be supervised by parents
during the writer's workshops and possibly some other events.
Parents should simply use their discretion.
Partners are welcome to attend any conference events they choose, or to enjoy the relaxation
and facilities of the venue and the attractions of The Dandenongs.
The Country Place rates for partners are as follows:
$A97.90 per night for dinner, bed and breakfast.
$A46.20 per night for bed and breakfast only.
You can calculate a Wed to Fri partner rate from these
2 x $97.90 = $195.80 for Wed - Fri dinner, bed and breakfast.
2 x $46.20 = $92.40 for Wed - Fri bed and breakfast only.
The Country Place has
emphasised that the rates don't include any lunch or
morning or afternoon teas, and we ask partners who change their minds
about hanging around at those times to be courteous enough to inform
Country Place that they need to be catered for.
Again, please advise Country Place directly of your partner's plans
to attend, and your preference for package options. Please also discuss
your child's attendance with Country Place directly.
If you do decide to bring a partner and/or child , please notify
the Conference Chair
for planning purposes.
Travel to/from Country Place
The Country Place
is located some 35 kilometers east of the center of Melbourne
in the Dandenong Ranges, near a small township called Kalorama.
Detailed directions are available on
Select the 'The Venue' menu and the 'Directions' option.
A taxi from Tullamarine airport to central Melbourne will cost about $A30.
A taxi from the airport to the Country Place will cost $A80-100.
A taxi from central or inner Melbourne will cost about $A60.
Buses leave Tullamarine airport every 30 minutes destined for city
and suburban locations. See their
You can get to Kalorama on a suburban train service.
The nearest train station is Belgrave station,
which is the last stop on the Belgrave-Lilydale line.
Trains run on this line all the time, every 10-20 mins, so ther is little
point in finding a timetable -- just catch any train to Belgrave.
pinpoints the Belgrave station. Use the Melways service to locate Kalorama.
Once at the station, you can call the Country Place and
we will dispatch a car to pick you up. Please let us know of your transport plans before you leave.
If you plan to fly in early on Wednesday 15th at Melbourne Airport,
we may be able to arrange a private pick-up car. Please email
the Conference Chair
if you wish to avail yourself of this offer. We may also be able
to do a pickup run on Tuesday night as well, depending on demand
and availability of drivers. Deliveries will be made to central train stations
or other central locations.
Once at KoalaPLoP, we will track people's movements back to Melbourne city
and the airport, and share transport as best as we can.
What to Bring
Melbourne in May is cool, typically fine (ie. not raining)
but not extremely cold. We expect high temperatures of around 14-17 degrees Celcius,
with night-time lows down to 5-9 degrees. Bring warm clothes, but
there is no need to dress for the snow, as you won't see any!
You will appreciate a warm jacket for The Night Walk, and other evening
Also bring your favourite 'marking' pen, because you will
be doing lots of reading and reviewing patterns.
Don't forget a camera, and if you are travelling from outside Australia,
a guide book will help you enjoy Melbourne and further afield.
Accessing Email at Country Place
We will advise of what email access will be available at The Country Place during
The Conference Chair
and the Local Chair
are both available to assist you with any aspect of getting to KoalaPLoP.
Please email your questions to us and we will do what we can to
address your concerns.
When on the ground in Melbourne, you can call the Conference Chair
(Paul Taylor) on 0404 819 005, or the Local Chair (Andy Bulka) on
0412 759 186 for on-the-spot assistance or direction.