As you’re well aware, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to limits being imposed on public gatherings and large-scale events are just not possible at this time. The health and safety of our members, delegates, partners and employees is our highest priority. ECA has made the decision to postpone the 2020 conference to next year. Although this is a big disappointment for us, we are excited about the prospect of making the 2021 conference the first big occasion for early childhood professionals to meet and celebrate our sector.

Early Childhood Australia National Conference 2020

Young Citizens: the right to play, learn and be heard

Young Citizens: the right to play, learn and be heard is the theme for Early Childhood Australia’s (ECA) National Conference, to be held in Brisbane, Queensland, from 21—24 April 2021.

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Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Cnr Merivale and Glenelg Streets South Bank, Brisbane


+61 2 6242 1800


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© Wayne ‘Liwingu’ McGinness licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd WAYNE ‘LIWINGU’ MCGINNESS, ABORIGINAL STEEL ART, WARU 1 (SEA TURTLE). Wayne ‘Liwingu’ McGinness was born in Atherton QLD where his mother is from. His grandmother was Maggie ‘Djairrami’ Anning and her people, the Ngadjon tribe (rainforest people), were located all over the Atherton Tablelands. Her husband, Gerald Anning, was a fisherman, master lumberjack and one of the Yidinji tribe. Wayne spent the majority of his life in the Northern Territory where his father’s family is from. The Kungarrakan Tribe (paperbark people) of the Finnis and Darwin River area. His grandfather Valentine Bynoe McGinness (a welder, wheelright and mechanic) was born on a mine claim near the Finniss River to a local Kungarakan woman (Alyandabu’Lucy’ McGinness) and an Irish rail worker (Stephen McGinness).His father’s biological mother was Emma Hodges, a Torres Strait woman. And, although Wayne never knew her, his looks and art seem to be a reflection of this mix.

Wayne’s style of sculpture is a result of creating contempary aboriginal art using steel, in both two and three dimensions. Many of Wayne’s designs represent the animals of his childhood and family and of his grandparent’s lands. However, he is always willing to design and create pieces depicting animals from other regions of Australia. The movement of the animals, reflected in his work, is what inspires him as he believes nothing is more natural.Wayne creates all his pieces from Australian 316 marine grade stainless steel, a beautiful steel alloy that is durable, clean and pleasing to the eye.