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2016 Australasian Rescue Challenge, Lardner Park

ARC16 - The Extrication Challenge

The traditional 3 class Extrication Challenge (EC) that has been the main stay of the Australasian Rescue Challenge will continue to be offered to participants again in 2016 for the 22nd year.

This series of Challenges is designed for a 6-person rescue team, including a Team Leader/OIC and medical specialist. The 3 classes all vary slightly in objective and opportunity to demonstrate skills. Once again, thanks to the on going support of Holden, ARRO will be able to offer every team a current model vehicle in every scenario. For more details on the classes and their objectives, please log in to the ARRO web site and download a copy of the rules.

ARC16 - The Trauma Challenge

The Trauma Challenge (TC) continues to be a staple part of the program, this year expanding once again to two pits. This is a 2-person 15 minute event designed to hone the medical skills of team members. Teams will be assessed based on the level of medical skill they bring to the challenge, so its a perfect opportunity for everyone from first aiders to advanced care paramedics to demonstrate best practice at their level.

Every 6-person EC team that registers automatically has one pair of their team entered in the TC. However ARRO is keen to promote the event as a learning opportunity, so EC teams can enter up to 3 pairs, and other organisations such as Ambulance services and per-hospital care providers are encouraged to enter TC teams independent of the EC.


Lardner Park - one of Australia's Premier Regional Exhibition venues and home to events such as Farm World, The Civil Works Expo and Trucks In Action.

Located 1 hour's drive east of Melbourne, in rolling hills outside the rural city of Warragul, Lardner Park has an extensive range of internal and external facilities, including the new $5 million Lardner Park Exhibition Centre.

ARC 16 will occupy 2 large pavilions, and a range of outdoor activities and demonstrations will be held in Lardner's surrounding parklands.


The highly regarded ARRO Learning Symposium will be held in the Exhibition Centre on Thursday 21st July. The program is still under development and updates will be posted here and emailed to all ARRO members as soon as the Technical Committee has formulated the program.

Team members' registration for the Challenge includes free registration for the Learning Symposium. All competing team members will attend the one day Learning Symposium as a condition of their participation.

Other interested agency staff, volunteers and visitors are invited to register and attend all sessions.


Teams are required to make their own transport arrangements. It is recommended that teams arriving from overseas or interstate arrange to hire a minibus for the duration of ARC16, and collect it upon arrival at Melbourne Airport.

A list of rental companies which operate from Melbourne airport is available online.


The following catering events are included in the Teams registration:

  • Thu 21st July - Symposium lunch and coffee breaks Thu 21st July - Opening drinks and finger food Sun 24th July - Presentation dinner

Meals and refreshments can be purchased at the Lardner Park kiosk throughout the remainder of the Challenge.

Warragul is a major centre in the state of Victoria with a shire population of 42,000 people. The city boasts a range of tourist and recreation activities, as well as many restaurants, clubs and music venues. You will find much information at

Opening Drinks

The official Opening Drinks function will take place at the conclusion of the Learning Symposium program, 5.00PM Thursday 21st July. Refreshments and light snacks will be served. Attendance is included in the Teams registration fee. Additional tickets may be purchased using the registration form.

Presentation Dinner

Presentation of ARC 16 winners' awards will take place at the Presentation Dinner on Sunday 24th July 2016 at 7.00PM in the Lardner Park Exhibition Centre. Attendance is included in the Teams registration fee. Additional tickets may be purchased using the registration form.

Presentation Dinner Transport

Free Shuttle Buses will operate between Lardner Park and the official hotels in Warragul for the Challenge Dinner on Sunday 24 July between 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Tickets must be pre-booked on the Extras Registration Form, and collected from the Registration Desk upon arrival at Lardner Park.

Shuttle Bus information and schedules will be in the Event Handbook.


Extrication Challenge Team registration includes:

  • Extrication Challenge entry for 6-person team Trauma Challenge entry for one pair of team members Workshop participation for 6-person team 6 tickets to Learning Symposium (including refreshments and lunch) 6 tickets to the Opening Drinks function 6 tickets to the Presentation Dinner

Trauma Challenge only registration includes:

  • Trauma Challenge entry for 2-person team 2 tickets to Learning Symposium (including refreshments and lunch) 2 tickets to the Opening Drinks function 2 tickets to the Presentation Dinner

Note: The above is for a stand alone TC registration only. Extrication Challenge Teams wishing to register more than one pair for the TC are only required to pay the 'Additional pair' fee listed below.

All amounts are in Australian dollars.

Extrication Team ARRO Member $6,100.00 ex GST $6,710.00 inc GST
Non-member $7,000.00 ex GST $7,700.00 inc GST
Trauma Challenge TC only (2 persons) $900.00 ex GST $990.00 inc GST
Additional pair $220.00 ex GST $242.00 inc GST
Learning Symposium Non team members $110.00 ex GST each $121.00 inc GST
Opening Drinks Team guests $54.55 ex GST each $60.00 inc GST
Presentation Dinner Team guests $110.00 ex GST each $121.00 inc GST

How to Register

Extrication Team:

For on-line registration click on the link below.
For fax registration download the form below.

N.B. Team manager / coordinator only to register. Team member details will be requested separately.

Trauma Challenge:

Teams registration includes one pair. Additional pairs may be entered by fax registration (Extras Registration form below) or at time of registering on-line.

Pairs may be entered by organisations which are not competing in the ARC 14 Challenge. (TC only).

Learning Symposium:

Visitors and non-competitors may also attend the Learning Symposium. You may register on-line, or download the Extras Registration form and fax it back to the secretariat.

Opening Drinks and Presentation Dinner:

Team members may book additional tickets for colleagues or partners. Visitors and non-competitors may also attend these functions. You may register on-line, or download the Extras Registration form and fax it back to the secretariat.


ARRO has block booked all motels and holiday cabins in Warragul, Drouin and Yarragon.

There are many room configurations available, from single beds to 4 beds per room. You will need to discuss this with the venue when making your booking.

Accommodation is limited. Once these venues are booked out, you may need to stay further from Lardner Park, e.g. Pakenham, Dandenong, Moe, Morwell.

To book your team accommodation, contact one of the venues below, and quote 'ARC16'.

Note room availability will be updated here weekly.

Available Rooms
as at 16 May
Available Cabins
as at 16 May
Room rates (from)
The Best Western Warragul Motel
T: +61 3 5623 2189
(Booked out)
$139.00 - $290.00
The Edinburgh Motel
T: +61 3 5622 3339
1 Family (1Q, 3S)
$148.00 - $185.00
The Warragul Views Motel
T: +61 3 5623 5222
$100.00 - $170.00
The Mecure Warragul
T: +61 3 5618 3500
$220.00 - $260.00
Warragul Gardens Caravan Park
T: +61 3 5623 2707
$110.00 - $140.00

Additional Regional Accommodation Options

The Drouin Best Western Motel - 03 5625 3296
The Yarragon Motel - 03 5634 2655

Moe - 28 km past Warragul
Moe Motor Inn - 03 5127 1166
Comfort Inn - 03 5127 3344

Morwell - 43 km past Warragul
Morwell Motel - 03 5135 6840
Morwell Parkside Motel - 03 5134 3366
Morwell Southside Motel/Apts - 03 5134 8266


Event sponsorship packages are available.

Please see the link below, or for more information, please contact:

Tony Pool
High Profile Events (Aust) Pty Ltd
T: +61 3 9596 6662

Trade Display

A limited number of trade display booths are available at A$2200.00 + GST each.

For details, contact:

Tony Pool
High Profile Events (Aust) Pty Ltd
T: +61 3 9596 6662


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