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Mice Net : February 2009
canberra Discover an Australian icon, the Australian Institute of Sport, a unique and distinct venue where champions are created, world records are broken and expectations are exceeded. Inspire and motivate your guests by staging a record-breaking event at the AIS. From team building for ten to a gala dinner for 1200, the AIS is the perfect destination for you. Tel: (02) 6214 7137 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: ausport.gov.au/events Discover the champion within! The Australian Institute of Sport is a division of the Australian Sports Commission. Professor Janette Lindesay speaks to delegates about her Climate Change Institute. Photograph by Graeme Kemlo. his partner/wife, Marion Mahony, through the eyes of historian Dr David Headon, advisor to the ACT Government on its 2013 centenary. As attendees overlooked Lake Burley Griffin, Dr Headon pulled few punches and drew many laughs in explaining the politics of settling the Melbourne-Sydney dispute over the exact site for Australia’s capital. Robyn Hendry said: “We find that demonstrating the depth of Canberra’s asset base is more than just showcasing the facilities.” “It is that, but more importantly it is Canberra’s knowledge hubs that make the difference. These knowledge hubs range from scientists, researchers, educators, and politicians to world-renowned national attractions and the symbolism of the national capital,” she said. So beyond mere introductions, speeches, and networking lunches the bureau also facilitates strategic partnerships with its Research and Learning Institutes Group, a think-tank on the cutting edge of research and technology in environmental protection, sustainability, water conservation and pollution reduction with a brief to help improve the city’s event bid success. An early start to day two found delegates in the hallowed halls of ANU’s University House for breakfast and a presentation from Professor Janette Lindesay, Assistant Director for ANU Climate Change Institute. Other venues and speakers followed: Dr Richard Stirzaker, principal research scientist at CSIRO’s Division of Land and Water; a backstage tour of the National Museum of Australia with Troy Pickwick, assistant curator, on Aboriginal land management and culture; the War Memorial as an event space, old Parliament House, hotels/spaces old and new, then Tim Wearne of Sustainable Event Solutions taught us how to stage an environmentally sustainable conference. Apart from the usual site inspections of unique meetings and event venues and accommodation - which is what planners expect - during this three-day familiarisation presenters took time to explain their environmental commitment - some very simple, others more elegant. For example: National Convention Centre, refreshed after a $30 million refurbishment demonstrated that not only can it stage an event, but its five gallery rooms are multi-purpose, so it staged a team-based activity in one room, an intimate dinner for 30 in another, using “welfare-friendly eggs” – a boast they proudly echo on their giant outdoor electronic sign. 136 mice.net