Event Coverage: Money In Sport

Event Coverage: Money In Sport

When: November 17 & 18, 2015
Where: Jupiters Casino, Gold Coast
Next Event: November 14 & 15, 2016

If your organisation has an interest in the business of sport then Money In Sport is the place for you. An event with some of the biggest names from across sport codes, the 2 day conference featured a lively group of speakers and networking opportunities providing access to many of the industry’s top professionals.

Delegates showcased the very best new practices and studies in sport, a vibrant forum to network and examined products and services from exhibitors in sport. Popular personalities in attendance included Ricky Nixon and Max Markson, with top corporates including Twitter, Samsung, Chelsea FC, and Sydney FC to name a few.

A forum for both personal and commercial growth, Money In Sport also provides a platform of networking opportunities with key individuals who have mastered the art of making money in sport.

Organised by the Tribal Sports Group, the next Money In Sport conference will return to Jupiters Hotel and Casino on the Gold Coast November 14 & 15, 2016. For further details go to:
www.MoneyInSport.com

To read and download the full profile click on the cover image below. To view this editorial as it appeared originally in The Australian Business Executive magazine, click here.

 

Sydney Networking Drinks with Geelong Cats & Brisbane Broncos

Geelong Cats CEO Brian Cook

To coincide with the latest edition of The Australian Business Executive, we will be holding networking drinks
with Geelong Cats CEO Brian Cook, & Brisbane Broncos GM of Commercial Terry Reader.

Join us on Thursday, July 7 at the Occidental Hotel Sydney, where Brian and Terry will discuss the business of
running successful clubs and expand on their interviews from our latest edition.

This is your chance to network and ask questions of two of the biggest names in Australian professional sport.

When: Thursday, July 7
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Where: Occidental Hotel Sydney – Upstairs Function Room
Cost: $30pp

Book your tickets here: bit.ly/28B9RQb

Melbourne Career Expo: August 26-28

The SpotJobs Career Expo is the most comprehensive careers event in Victoria. This expo encompasses all career opportunities for employment and training in the trades, corporate and professional sectors. The SpotJobs Career Expo provides an interactive platform for all Victorian’s to source the knowledge they need to achieve their successful future. Visitors can discover their future careers from a vast array of free career advice, employment opportunities, university and training placements, skills industry and government initiatives. Whether it is a short term job or finding your new career, The SpotJobs Career Expo will provide the answers.

Opening dates and times
Friday 26 August 2016
10.00AM – 3.00PM

Saturday 27 August 2016
10.00AM – 4.00PM

Sunday 28 August 2016
10.00AM – 4.00PM

Visit www.careerexpo.com.au for full event details and registration.

Better Boards Conference for NFPs: 29-31 July 2016

Better Boards Conference

The Better Boards Conference is the premier governance and leadership conference for leaders of Australasia’s non-profit organisations.

The conference theme: Game-Changing Moves… Governing for Maximum Impact acknowledges the increasing number of boards, CEOs and executives that are creating new game plans as a period of Commonwealth and State Government driven transformational reform draws to a close.

Presentations will focus board and leadership discussions on four key areas that support successful outcomes in contemporary game plans: Strategy, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Technology.

Better Boards Conference 2016
When: 29 – 31 July 2016
Where: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Who: NFP Directors & Executives
About: The Better Boards Conference is the premier governance and leadership event for NFP directors and executives. It is a valuable opportunity for those responsible for the governance of their organisation to make connections, share ideas and gather information with other directors and executives. Join over 500 directors on the 29 – 31 July 2016 to discover how to Govern for Maximum Impact.

Visit http://conference.betterboards.net for full event details and registration.

Sprout Summit 2016 to Take Place in Melbourne July 29, 2016

Sprout Summit

Sprout Summit will equip emerging leaders and change-makers with the practical tools, processes and insights to drive successful change and create positive impact in society.

Featuring an exciting line up of speakers with experience starting some of Australia’s most innovative non-profits, social enterprises and for purpose businesses, this is a must attend event for any social entrepreneur.

You’ll have the opportunity to connect with your fellow change-makers over fully catered breaks and a networking function at the conclusion of the event, where you can also meet current CEOs from Australia’s NFP sector who are attending the Better Boards Conference.

Sprout Summit 2016
When: 29 July 2016
Where: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Who: Social Entrepreneurs & Change-makers
About: Sprout Summit is a one-day event curated for social entrepreneurs who are passionate about making a difference and have new ideas for creating positive impact in society.

Visit www.sproutsummit.com for full event details and registration.

March Rugby Business Network Event with World Rugby CEO, Brett Gosper

World Rugby CEO, Brett Gosper

Rugby Business Network

 

Date: Monday, March 14th, 2016

Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Venue: Royal Automobile Club of Australia, 89 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

The March 2016 Sydney Rugby Business Network is extremely privileged to be welcoming World Rugby (formerly the IRB) CEO, Brett Gosper, as guest speaker.

Theme: RWC 2015 de-brief and preview of rugby at the Rio Olympics 2016

Cost: $30, which is to be paid in advance. This includes a complimentary beer or wine on entry.

Dress code: Business attire.

The format for the evening is:

5.30pm: Attendees arrive, bar open
6.15pm: Welcome from Australian RBN Convenor, Adrian Skeggs
6.20pm: Bill Calcraft introduction
6.30pm: Guest speaker, Brett Gosper
7.15pm: Business card draw
7.20pm: Socialising and networking

For further details visit:
The Rugby Business Network Australia

Waste Expo in Melbourne: this October

Waste Expo is delighted to take it’s place on the industry event calendar as the annual exhibition and education forum for waste management, recycling and sustainability. Now in it’s third year, Waste Expo is the industries largest and longest running exhibition and conference in Victoria. Over two days, Waste Expo attracts a qualified audience of over 2,000 delegates from Australia and New Zealand. Waste Expo offers a dedicated platform to meet key decision makers across all areas of waste management, recycling and sustainability.

Where
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Opening dates and times
Wednesday 7 October 2015
8.30am – 5.00pm

Thursday 8 October 2015
8.30am – 5.00pm

Prices
Free

Sydney International Boat Show: 30 July – 3 August

From the first show in 1968, the Sydney International Boat Show has grown to become the southern hemisphere’s most prestigious and well known consumer boating event.

There will be ferry services between between the two locations making it easy for boating enthusiasts to see it all while enjoying a first class day by magnificent Sydney Harbour.

Being such a key event on the recreational boating calendar, visitors can be assured that the industry will put its best foot forward, with the latest releases of products and technology. Whilst the array of boats, and gear for them, will be in abundance, the show organisers have also ensured that the line-up of education and entertainment will keep visitors busy all day. Further information will be available on the show website as the show draws closer.

Photo credit: Paul Ruston.

Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson appearing across Australia this August

Watch out, we got a badass coming down under! Think Inc. – the folks who brought Dr. Michio Kaku and The ‘Amazing’ James Randi to Australia in 2014 – are thrilled to announce the 2015 return to Australia of astrophysicist, author, celebrity, wrestler, world-recognised badass and one of the very first Think Inc. event guests, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. After a behemoth teenage expression of interest in the universe which caught the attention of legendary astronomer Carl Sagan, young Neil deGrasse Tyson graduated Harvard University where he majored in physics, moving on to Columbia University where he earned Master of Philosophy and Doctorate of Philosophy degrees in astrophysics.

In the more public spheres, Tyson is renowned as a science communicator and host of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (the follow-up to Sagan’s own 1980 series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage), and is recognised widely for his views extending outside the realms of science, in his own words governed by two main philosophies: “…know more today about the world than I knew yesterday, and lessen the suffering of others.” The author of books such as The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist (2000), co-authored Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution (2004), and Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries (2006), Tyson serves as a reminder for the wonders of scientific discovery and the universal interest in, well, the universe. He strives to make science and rational thought accessible to audiences of all ages, genders, nationalities, and professions, with equal parts relevance, reverence, and humour.

Mark the month of August 2015 (or approximately fourteen billion plus 2015) in your Cosmic Calendars, as Dr. Tyson brings his ‘Ship of Imagination’ to Australian audiences, on a mission to progress critical thinking and the importance of science in our modern-day landscapes.

Appearance Dates:

August 7: Melbourne
August 16: Brisbane
August 22: Sydney
August 23: Canberra

Keynote speakers announced for NT’s October Business Month

Kogan founder Mr Ruslan Kogan, leading Australian chef Matt Moran, businesswoman Naomi Simpson and Olympian Stephen Bradbury head the list of keynote speakers for the Country Liberals Government’s October Business Month which is celebrating 21 years.

Business Minister Peter Styles said the 2015 October Business Month would cover themes of Leadership; Finance; Marketing; Social Media; and Business Technology with a strong focus on Women in Leadership.

“OBM is the premier business event in the Northern Territory and is considered by many Territory-based small and medium enterprises as the premier business event in their annual events calendar,” Mr Styles said.

“OBM features an exciting range of keynote speakers and events to provide Territory businesses with opportunities for professional development, innovative management ideas and networking opportunities with a host of industries.

“The Giles Government is expecting more than 9000 attendees, enjoying over 150 business conferences, seminars and networking opportunities across the Territory during OBM for 2015. It is an event not to be missed by the Territory business community, with an outstanding program being put together.

“Naomi Simpson has become one of Australia’s tech success stories after selling more than two and a half million experiences through her business RedBalloon, a regular blogger, author, speaker and most recently a ‘Shark’ on Shark Tank, she will be well received in Darwin.

“Serial entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Kogan.com, Ruslan Kogan will give insight to how he has gone from garage to global, becoming a huge success with millions of customers.

“Multi-award winning chef, restaurateur and best-selling cookbook author Matt Moran will share his 30 plus successful years in the food industry. He is now arguably one of Australia’s most recognised chefs after hosting and presenting popular television programs Masterchef and Paddock to Plate.

“With four-time Olympian, Gold medallist and businessman Stephen Bradbury bringing a fresh and uniquely Australian feel to the corporate world and David de Garis, Director and Senior Market Economist for NAB, there is definitely something for everyone.

“Carmans founder Ms Carolyn Creswell, is an inspirational leader whose success proves that you can run a multinational business and still love what you do and have a genuine work-life balance.

“Ms Creswell’s business acumen has led to a number of accolades including being named the 2012 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year and being listed in The Australian as one of the most powerful women in business in 2015.”

Events will be held across the Territory over the month of October with the central location at Darwin Convention Centre.

Event Coverage: Preston Manning in Sydney

A legend of Canadian politics, Preston Manning became known as the man who gave a voice to Western Canada through grassroots campaigning and a message of balanced budgets at all government levels.

A member of the Canadian Parliament from 1993 to 2001, he founded two new political parties – the Reform Party of Canada and the Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance. Both parties went on to become the official Opposition, where Preston served as Leader of the Opposition from 1997 to 2000. Today his influence is felt through his political protégé – Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper.

Since his political retirement he has founded and presides over the Manning Centre for Building Democracy, one of Canada’s most extensive organisations dedicated to training political campaigners, strategists and politicians. His annual event Manning Conference is Canada’s largest conservative conference which has been host to former Prime Minister John Howard, Ron Paul and Nigel Farage among many others.

On Thursday, April 9 2015, The Australian Business Executive hosted Preston as part of our “In Conversation” series at the Occidental Hotel in Sydney. J. Landry had the opportunity to speak with Preston prior to the event about life after politics and what conservatism means today.

J. Landry: Where did the idea come from to open up the Manning Centre?

Preston Manning: My family has been involved in politics for a long time. My father was involved in provincial politics in Alberta, he was Premier there for 25 years. I was involved in starting a couple of political parties at the federal level, both of which became the official opposition and laid the ground work for the current Conservative Party of Canada which is the governing party.

In my experience, the old idea was that elected people and constituency people could learn on the job. Today because it’s so fast paced and there’s so much more immediate exposure, you better arrive with a little bit more intellectual capital and a little bit more skill. So when I got out of the act of politics we started this organization to see if it could do something on that front to make sure that people who do decide to participate in whatever level – grass roots level, organization level, interest group level, political level, would be better equipped to perform.

JL: What are your thoughts on Australia and Canada with our similar populations, economies and resources?

PM: I think our countries have a lot in common. We’re both big countries – big enough to have regions that have very distinctive characteristics, so the national politics involve being able to balance regional interests. In Canada the question becomes can you devise a speech as a federal politician that you can give in Atlantic Canada, in Quebec, in Ontario, in the West, in British Columbia that somehow resonates with people in each of those regions. That’s a real big challenge. If you tailor it to particular regions people accuse you of saying one thing about one part of the country and another thing in another part, so we both have the challenge of size and regionalism.

On the economy side Canada is a resource producing country, particularly the region I come from (Alberta) is Canada’s oil producing region. This makes us very much subject to fluctuations of prices over which we have no control and learning to live with the ups and downs of commodity prices and commodity markets is a challenge to both countries. I think we both have security concerns but of a different kind. Australia being close to China needs to be aware of that, where Canada is closer to the United States and the US has an enormous influence over our politics and our economy. So how to live with a friendly brother and how to live with someone who may not be so friendly are issues, but you still have to give attention to your biggest neighbor.

JL: In Australia there’s an undercurrent of Republicanism and our role within the Commonwealth. Do you have an opinion on the value of being part of the Commonwealth in the new millennium?

PM: Not particularly. The Commonwealth as a practical workable entity is diminishing as a formal concept. But I do think the English speaking world and a particularly countries that draw on a tradition of British common law and British conceptions of democracy think there is something that’s worth preserving. In Canada there’s not much Republican sentiment so I think it’s more of why stir it up? You’d cause more controversy than agreement and to what benefit?
Canada has had constitutional debates somewhat different than Australia because we have one region (Quebec) that tends to march to a different drum; unity has always been a worry at the national level. Periodically there have been attempts to strength the unity through constitutional changes. Most of which have created more division and controversy than unity.

JL: Both our countries are familiar with nationalised public utilities. Over the last 20 years we’ve seen a lot of them become privatised. What are your thoughts on this occurring, and can government continue to be responsible for nationalised services moving forward?

PM: On privatization you can approach that issue ideologically believing the private sector can do things better and more efficiently than the public sector can. Or you can approach the issue on a very pragmatic basis. Whoever can do the best job most cost-effectively should get the chance to do it. Now I happen to believe if you had that open competition on most things like utilities, by and large the private sector would prove it could do things more cost-effectively. I think that’s one way to approach that issue that’s not ideological. Let’s just figure out who could do the best job and put those services up for review periodically.

Historically in Canada the big electric utilities were provincially and government owned, particularly in Central Canada. Ontario Hydro and Quebec Hydro were the largest energy companies in Canada and provincially owned. Alberta particularly under my father (former Alberta Premier Ernest Manning), used to argue ‘why would you tie up billions of dollars of provincial capital when that money is actually more needed in social areas like hospitals and schools where you’re not going to get as much private capital interest?’ In the end most of the rest of the country has come around to that decision.

JL: Now on the political spectrum, there’s libertarianism, neoconservatism, flag wavers for free market economics, the religious – what is a modern day conservative?

PM: I think conservatism is a coalition and it is a coalition of those elements that you mentioned. Hopefully it’s a principled coalition and not just a bunch of people getting together to push the other guys out, and get themselves in. The task of leadership is how you reconcile these positions without watering them down to the point where they are meaningless. I think that’s the challenge for some leaders. The political incentive to do so is you can say to each of these factions ‘you can have your factional purity, but you’ll never form a majority government; you’ll never be able to do what you say you want to do.’ You’ve got to join with others and try to find the common ground. There are lessons to be learned there.

The American political culture polarises over everything, and they like to polarise. Until very recently that clarified positions as they would go to opposite ends and then come together. Recently they haven’t done that though. In Britain the social conservatives will say to the libertarians, ‘what values do you have to hold in order to be libertarian’? Well you have to value freedom, property, sacredness of contracts, and then they ask ‘who is going to inculcate those values?’ A libertarian can’t say the state, so the answers tend to be the family, the community, maybe even the religious institutions – so they find some common ground. I see this dialogue in Britain a lot more civilised and productive than in the U.S. and to some extent Canada where they get into opposite camps.

JL: In America there’s been a surge of youth voters that are not traditionally conservative, identifying with the libertarian positions of politicians like Ron and Rand Paul. Have you noticed a similar trend in Canada?

PM: Fiscal and economic conservatism is the element of the philosophy that is doing the best. It’s got elements of libertarianism, but it’s not exclusively that. People just believe that the role of the government is to facilitate activities by other economic actions that will maximize productivity and wealth creation. We do polling in Canada and consistently Canadians say conservatives are strongest on the economic front. That’s expressed in different ways though – some people say poverty, some taxes, some debt, but they’re all economic factors.

JL: Can you discuss your support for green conservatism through taxation? There’s been some comments that the support you show for this initiative would be in contrast to the Preston Manning of the 90’s.

PM: Economists use the word tax to refer to a mechanism for internalising an externality. My point is that the public doesn’t understand tax to mean that at all. To the public it means the government is sticking its hands in their pocket and collecting a bunch of money to spend on whatever. So don’t use the word tax to refer to something like a carbon levy.

We have to pay more attention to the environment, because there’s a lot of activity going on that affects it negatively. And whether one likes it or not, or agrees with it, it’s one of the issues young people will actually engage in. Conservatives have got to address this. They can’t just say ‘we don’t go there’, or ‘that’s not our issue’, or ‘the other guys have got the high ground’. Nobody owns the high ground on this. I try to get conservatives in Canada more positive on the issue, especially since the belief is in markets and the use of pricing mechanisms as a way to address these problems. We ought to be at the forefront of trying to figure out how to do it. I don’t think this is inconsistent with anything I’ve said in the past.

JL: How are politics changing in your view?

PM: One of the disturbing things we’re wrestling with is a recent survey we did on ‘How important is it that your political representatives be knowledgeable on the issues?’ How important is it that they have character attributes like honesty or integrating? What we found is more people place more emphasis on character than on skill or knowledge. This has an impact when you’re trying to prepare people for political life or select candidates. There’s unwillingness from the public to trust anybody or what they say on the issues – or even to trust that they have these skills. It comes back to an assessment of character and what can parties do to strengthen these issues of mistrust.

JL: Having come from a different era of politics do you think the onset of the 24 hour news cycle has made potential candidates hesitant to engage in politics?

PM: I’ve been involved in candidate recruitment for a long time. The biggest single reason being given for a competent person not getting involved in the political arena is that they won’t subject themselves and their family, and I stress their family, to the attacks by the media. The media is mentioned all the time. This also means social media more and more these days. It’s just a huge deterrent.

We do national and sectoral surveys and we did one with 150 female executives. These are people who if they wanted to, have the connections, ability, and resources to go into public life. There are no barriers to their entrance. Over 75% of them said they would never touch the political field. It came back to this character thing. It’s perceived as a sleazy business with unprincipled people.

At some point the media have to accept some responsibility for how they treat the political class. It’s just becoming harder and harder to recruit people to run for office.

If you’d like to find out more about Preston Manning and the work of the Manning Centre please visit www.manningcentre.ca

To view this editorial as it appeared originally in The Australian Business Executive magazine, click here.

Photos from our evening at the Occidental Hotel can be viewed below.

If you would like to purchase any original photos from James Dore Photography, contact us on 02 8091 1410. You can also view more of James’ work here: www.theloop.com.au/jamesdore

“This Coalition Government Has Let Us Down” NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee at the Sydney Mining Club

By J. Landry

NSW is the worst state in the country for mining investment; behind even Victoria and Tasmania.

These are the facts the state is facing in the lead up to the March 28 election. The information from the Fraser Institute’s survey was a major talking point during NSW Minerals Councils CEO lunch address at the Sydney Mining Club.

“When the Coalition was elected we were ranked 20th, now we’re 39th… something has gone backwards” said Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee. “We’re the least attractive state for mining.”

During his hour long address, Galilee provided the ammunition to back up his claims as he pointed to exploration activity falling almost by half within a period of three years from 2011 to 2014. The effect being that 1 in 5 coal miners has been put out of work in the last 2 ½ years.

”We’ve had a frank discussion with the Premier”, he explained while urging reform on state mining issues in the lead up to the election.

So, just how important is mining to the country? It’s a fundamentally popular industry in NSW. Consistently, for three years running there has been 70% support. Unfortunately, the government isn’t giving them the support they need. The state’s depleted mining scene is evident as the sector’s profitability reverses while simultaneously being hit with extra fees. “We’ve had new and increased fees on our sector… we’ve been seen as a cash cow… without any warning or consultation.”

During his address Galilee also made special note of the visible radical environmentalists who are gaining media attention through both legal and illegal demonstrations – aiding negative coverage of the sector.

The event, kicked off by Sydney Mining Club Founder and Chairman Julian Malnic was hosted to a packed house at the Tattersalls Club. Malnic used his introduction as an opportunity to speak about the issues that are holding down the industry from the MRRT, land access issues and the carbon tax.

The message from both Malnic and Galilee was blunt – NSW mining is not attractive to investors, they’re staying away, its hurting the state, and voters are noticing.

The Minerals Council has made sure their message is visible as well. Their current advertising campaign is gaining significant traction and the organisation is working with the Newcastle Knights NRL club as part of their “Voice for Mining Family Day.”

Yet despite the current NSW Government’s remarks of jobs and growth, Galilee had this to say about the Labor alternative, “it’s difficult to make an assessment on the Labor Party because they haven’t really talked about their policies.”

Malaysia Airlines Celebrates First Anniversary of Darwin Flights

The Northern Territory Government has sent warm congratulations to Malaysia Airlines, which today celebrates a successful first year of operation in Darwin.

“This weekend marks the first anniversary of the return of Malaysia Airlines to the Top End after an 11 year hiatus,” Minister for Transport Peter Styles said.

“Through Malaysia Airlines, the Territory can now link through to important trading partners such as Japan and Vietnam, which are so critical to the development of Northern Australia.

“Malaysia Airlines is a premium full service carrier with a comprehensive global network in the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia and their presence here is a key part of our strategy to position Darwin as the northernmost gateway to Australia.

“The Northern Territory has Australia’s fastest growing international aviation market, with growth in international demand to and from the Territory at 8 per cent, outstripping the rest of Australia at 5.9 per cent.

“Developing the North means developing successful partnerships with world class airlines like Malaysia,” Mr Styles said.

Minister for Tourism Matt Conlan said the Territory’s partnership with Malaysia Airlines was important to help attract more international tourists to the NT.

“Malaysia Airlines has connections to our all-important traditional holiday markets of the United Kingdom and Europe,” said Mr Conlan.

“With Malaysia Airlines a part of the One World Alliance, it means travellers can fly all the way from London to the NT on a single ticket.

“Our relationship with the Airline is also helping to boost the Territory’s profile in Asia and emerging holiday markets such as Malaysia, China, Korea and Thailand. Tourism NT has a cooperative advertising agreement with Malaysia Airlines, which is delivering extensive exposure for the Territory to potential holiday makers in Germany, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, France, Japan and Malaysia.

“This marketing activity has been made possible by the significant investment by the Giles Government in our tourism industry and additional $16 million in the Tourism Budget over the past two years.

“The Giles Government is committed to growing our tourism industry and turn around a decade of declining visitor numbers, to help boost the economy and create more jobs for Territorians.”

Queensland Kills the Tanning Bed From 2015

The sun has set on Queensland’s commercial UV tanning studios, with a statewide ban in force from 1st January 2015.

Acting Minister for Health Mark McArdle said the Newman LNP Government legislated the ban following concerns about the link between solarium use and skin cancer.

“Queensland already has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world and there is no question there’s a direct link between regular sunbed use and the incidence of malignant melanoma,” he said.

“Encouraging people to be more sun safe and reducing the high rates of deadly skin cancer will help make Queensland one of the safest places to live and raise a family.”

Queensland Health recently launched the second phase of the Project SPF campaign which encourages young women to adopt sun safe behaviours.

“There has been a decline in the number of solarium operators in Queensland and the industry is definitely changing,” Mr McArdle said.

“Our education campaigns along with this strong legislative change to ban commercial solaria are important steps towards preventing skin cancer and protecting the health of Queenslanders.”

By mid-December 2014, a total of 88 solaria from 35 licensees across Queensland had been removed from commercial use and the equipment is in the process of being disposed of.

Queensland Health will use regulatory action in the New Year to take control of any of the remaining 55 solaria, owned by 8 licensees, which have not been surrendered or legally transferred.

Mr McArdle said the Department of Health had been working with Queensland licensees to assist them with the ban.

“We have, of course, been mindful of those businesses that have been impacted by these changes,” he said.

“Queensland Health offered owners an incentive payment if they elected to surrender their tanning beds prior to the expiry of their licences.”

As solaria were surrendered, or as licences have approached their expiry dates, Queensland Health had been arranging for the collection and disposal of the machines.

Commercial solaria will also be banned in South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales on 1st January 2015.

Building of Perth Stadium Underway

The first pile for the 60,000 seat new Perth Stadium was today driven into the Burswood Peninsula site and construction is now officially under way.

Premier Colin Barnett said over the next 12 months, more than 2,000 piles would be driven about 35 metres into the ground, supporting this world-class structure.

“I’m delighted to once again be at this magnificent site to celebrate another milestone delivered on schedule,” he said.

Over the next three years, West Australians will see the impressive five-level stadium structure built to a height of 42 metres, leading the transformation of the Burswood Peninsula.

“Before the gates open for the start of the 2018 AFL season, local businesses of all sizes will have the opportunity to play a part in the delivery of this venue. More than 100 contracts will be awarded during the construction phase and the first will be announced before the Christmas public holidays,” Mr Barnett said.

“We expect more than 5,700 workers will be involved in construction.”

The stadium will be built using more than 10,000 tonnes of structural steel and more than 52,000 cubic metres of concrete – enough to fill 21 Olympic-sized swimming pools. In the New Year, the first of eight tower cranes will be installed.

Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said detailed and fastidious planning undertaken over the past three years would pay dividends for the project.

“In just a few years, Western Australian fans will have the opportunity to experience a world-class facility week-in, week-out but most importantly one that has been designed with their needs at its heart,” Mr Waldron said.

Construction of the stadium and all of the surrounding sports precinct landscaping and facilities will be completed by the end of 2017 to allow a transition phase ahead of the opening.

Construction will be done simultaneously in two sections, starting at the Western Plaza and progressing concurrently in opposite directions around the oval, joining at the Eastern Plaza.

In July this year, the Premier and Minister revealed the winning design and that Westadium would design, build, partially finance and maintain the stadium and sports precinct.

Over the past five months, the Westadium design and construction contractor, Brookfield Multiplex has been developing its design and preparing the site for the construction phase, setting up offices, installing temporary roads and mobilising machinery.

Works for the associated transport infrastructure are progressing on schedule and the designs of the new six-platform Stadium Station and the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge will be released in early 2015.

Fact File

  • This animation shows the stadium construction timeline: http://www.perthstadium.com.au/images-and-video
  • Key construction facts available here: http://www.perthstadium.com.au/the-new-perth-stadium/news-and-information/fact-sheets/construction-fact-sheet
  • Tender packages for construction will be advertised here: http://www.projectconnect.com.au

Remembering The Victims of The Lindt Café Siege

NSW Premier Mike Baird has announced flags on all NSW Government buildings will fly at half-mast today to honour those who tragically lost their lives in the siege at the Lindt café in Sydney’s CBD.

The Premier is also inviting people who wish to lay a floral tribute to the victims to do so at Martin Place. Condolence books will also be provided later today near the Martin Place water fountain, facing Pitt Street.

“Today the people of NSW and Australia have the heaviest of hearts and we are taking steps to allow the community to share our collective grief,” Mr Baird said.

“Overnight we lost two of our own people, in an attack we thought we’d never see here in our city.

“However, the values we held dear yesterday we hold dear today. They are the values of freedom, democracy and harmony.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the innocent victims of this vicious, horrendous attack, their families and friends.

“I want to say to the victim’s families and friends, everyone in NSW stands beside you. Today, tomorrow, forever.

“I pay tribute to the men and women of the NSW Police Force who have saved many lives over the past day and have risked their lives in doing so.

“I also want to pay tribute to all other emergency service workers and authorities who provided vital assistance.

“My thoughts remain with those hostages who have been freed. Every care they need at this traumatic time will be made available to them.

“We are a peaceful, harmonious society that is the envy of the world. How we react in coming days will further show who we are.

“I say to everyone today: We must come together like never before. We are stronger together. We will get through this together.”

NSW Becomes First State To Back Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians

NSW Premier Mike Baird today announced the NSW Government’s in-principle support for a federal referendum to recognise Indigenous Australians in the nation’s Constitution.

Mr Baird made the announcement with Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Victor Dominello and Recognise Joint Campaign Directors Tanya Hosch and Tim Gartrell at the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence in Redfern.

Mr Baird said NSW had become the first state or territory to support the national campaign for Constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.

“This State is home to more than 175,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – about a third of the national Indigenous population – so we have a responsibility to lead the national debate,” Mr Baird said.

“I’m proud the NSW Government has become the first state to back this campaign, which provides a unique opportunity to include a rightful acknowledgement of this nation’s first people in our founding document, the Australian Constitution.

“I look forward to working with my federal counterparts to ensure we get the referendum proposal right so the people of NSW can vote ‘Yes’ when this historic moment arrives.”

Mr Dominello said Australia’s enduring Indigenous cultures were a vital part of the nation’s identity and the missing element in the Australian Constitution.

“The Constitution is our nation’s first document and therefore it should appropriately recognise our nation’s first peoples,” Mr Dominello said.

“The Indigenous cultures of this land are quintessentially Australian and as we mature as a nation it’s essential we recognise our first peoples in our national constitution.”

Ms Hosch welcomed NSW’s declaration of in-principle support for the campaign and urged other states and territories to follow the NSW Government’s lead.

“A referendum at the federal level will have more chance of success with the backing of all states and territories, and I commend the NSW Government for being the first to formally back this historic cause,” Ms Hosch said.

To find out more about the Recognise campaign visit: recognise.org.au

Darwin To Host Major Cruise Ship Conference Next Year

Darwin has beaten rival cities to win the right to host a major Cruise Ship conference next year.

The who’s who of the cruise industry, including international heavy weights, will attend the Cruise Down Under Conference from 2-4 September in Darwin in 2015.

Darwin’s winning bid was announced at this year’s conference in Perth.

“The Cruise Down Under Conference will attract around 120 delegates from the cruise sector, including cruise line executives, ground handlers, ship supplier agents and representatives from ports and tourism offices around Australia,” said Tourism Minister Matt Conlan.

“This is a great opportunity to bring important cruise ship decision makers to our shores.

“The cruise ship sector is a vital part of our tourism industry.

“Our cruise season, from October to March, helps balance out the Top End tourism industry’s seasonality and gives Darwin restaurants, cafes, retail outlets and tourist attractions an economic boost in what are traditionally their slowest months.”

In 2013-14, the cruise ship sector contributed an estimated $54million to the NT economy, including approximately $9m in passenger and crew expenditure, according to Cruise Down Under.

“The first large cruise ship for our next season is scheduled in port on 23 October, and it will flag the start of another bumper season,” Minister Conlan said.

“The first week of March will be Darwin’s busiest cruise week on record in terms of passenger numbers with six cruise ships scheduled to visit over five consecutive days with a maximum capacity of more than 11,000 passengers in total. The week will see four of the largest cruise ships to sail in Australian waters stop in Darwin including the Queen Mary 2 (2670 passengers) on 3 March and the Celebrity Solstice (2850 passengers) on 5 March.

“Current bookings over the coming season indicate we will be greeting more than 40,000 cruise passengers into Darwin this wet season.”

The Cruise Down Under Conference is scheduled to be held at the Elan Soho Suites in Darwin 2-4 September 2015. It is supported jointly by Tourism NT, Tourism Top End and the Darwin Port Corporation.

NSW Major Projects Conference in Sydney to Showcase Key Infrastructure Plans for Rebuilding NSW

The 6th Annual NSW Major Projects Conference will be held on the 26th and 27th November 2014 at the Doltone House Hyde Park, Sydney. Attracting well over 250 delegates, this event continues to be the largest Major Projects and Infrastructure conference in the state of NSW.

Big ticket projects such as the $8.3 Billion North West Rail Link, $1.6 Billion CBD and South East Light Rail, the $3 Billion NorthConnex have definitely propelled NSW, more broadly Australia’s position as the infrastructure capital of the world. There is lot of excitement within the infrastructure industry with anticipated projects in the construction pipeline in NSW over the next five years equating to about $85 billion.

At the NSW Major Projects Conference, participants will hear presentations and case studies from a diverse field of high profile speakers within the Public and the Private sectors discussing the planning and delivery of the many critical infrastructure projects shaping NSW. The conference will also review how the Growth Infrastructure Plans will work to support regional growth and allow more efficient planning, priority setting and infrastructure investment.

The conference begins with a ministerial address by the Planning Minister for NSW, the Hon. Pru Goward. Ray Williams, MP, from the office of the Premier of NSW will present an overview of the Transport Vision for NSW. Some key transport topics which will be discussed and addressed at the event will be the delivery of the $14.9 Billion WestConnex Motorway project, the $8.3 Billion North West Rail Link, $1.6 Billion CBD and South East Light Rail, the $3 Billion NorthConnex along with the Pacific Highway Upgrade. The Conference will also see presentations about the leading urban renewal redevelopment projects including the $1.1 Billion Darling Harbour Live Project.

The NSW Major Projects Conference provides a unique platform for project knowledge sharing and is the ideal environment for networking and capitalizing on the business opportunities being created.

For more information on the NSW Major Projects Conference, please visit www.nswconference.com.au

Airport Industry Leaders To Meet On The Gold Coast In November 2014

The Asia Pacific region’s pre‐eminent airports and aviation industry conference and exhibition will be held on the Gold Coast between 23 and 27 November 2014.

More than 600 delegates are expected to attend the four‐day Australian Airports Association (AAA) National Conference which will feature more than 90 speakers and 40 industry exhibitors at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The conference program released this week includes a range of speakers drawn from senior leadership roles across industry and government, covering all aspects of airport operations and management ranging from the technical aspects of maintaining runway pavements and wildlife
hazard reduction, through to the future of aviation security and the latest international trends in airport design and passenger experience.

The conference will include presentations on the latest developments at Australia’s major international and regional airports.

A highlight of the conference is the AAA National Airport Industry Awards which acknowledge those organisations and individuals achieving excellence within Australia’s airport industry. The awards are made in a variety of categories, from small rural aerodromes through to capital city airports. There is recognition for individual excellence, corporate projects and airport safety. Nominations for the awards are now open.

Caroline Wilkie, CEO of the AAA, said the national conference is a valuable opportunity for people working in aviation and airports to stay abreast of the latest trends and opportunities in the industry.

‘The conference attracts participants from airports and related businesses across Australia, and highlights the importance of our airports as vital national infrastructure that help to keep Australians connected with each other and the rest of the world through aviation,’ Ms Wilkie said.

More information on the AAA National Conference and the National Airport Industry Awards is available from the Australian Airports Association website at www.airports.asn.au

Glencore’s Mick Buffier At The Sydney Mining Club on September 4

Glencore’s Mick Buffier presents The Global Outlook for Coal with insights into how Glencore tackles sustainability in mining practices.

This month one of the world’s biggest commodity houses comes to town. Even describing Glencore as a ‘Big Miner’ underplays its amazing reach. It explores and originates commodities, produces them, processes and refines them, markets and blends them, and ultimately handles, stores and transports them to customers around the world. And unbeknownst to many miners, with a big footprint in agriculture too. And since the May 2013 merger with Xstrata on an even greater scale.

Mick Buffier is Glencore’s Group Executive Sustainable Development and Industry Relations, Coal Assets and in this special Sydney Mining Club (SMC) address will tackle ‘The global outlook for coal and Glencore’s commitment to sustainable mining practices’. Keeping coal centre stage, or at least reminding its detractors why coal must remain centre stage, is a massive task with a well-funded opposition. Meet the man who is involved in keeping Glencore’s message on track.

Glencore produced 80Mt of (alt. thermal and coking) coal alone across 12 mining complexes in 2013, employing 8,600 people contributing $9billlion to the Australia economy. Its six biggest in its portfolio are household names Bulga, Rolleston, Ravensworth, Mount Owen, Mangoola, Oaky Creek and Ulan. The company is quite a force particularly adding in a powerful portfolio in Australia’s agriculture, zinc, copper and nickel sectors.

With 200,000 people in 50 countries, and 150 mining and metallurgical sites Australia is a flagship nation for Glencore, particularly when it comes to sustainability stewardship. Mick Buffier will also present on Glencore’s strong commitment in this area and field questions on broader issues as time permits. Not to be missed!

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