At the recent Sell TNQ event, this year held in Port Douglas, the Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef team came up with a novel team-building activity that appeared to be just a bit of fun on the opening night until the final night’s dinner. Delegates were invited to paint their name on a rock in an Indigenous style at the casual welcome function. The rocks then disappeared until the final night dinner held at Flames of the Forest where they were used as place names for delegates. Up there for thinking Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef team. A simple yet novel idea that added a lovely touch to the event as a whole.



An error from us in the last edition of micenet AUSTRALIA in which we inadvertently captioned an image from the Adelaide Entertainment Centre as being at the Adelaide Convention Centre. This was a shot of the hugely successful Destination SA gala dinner. Our apologies to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre for our mistake.



We can’t recall ever giving a thumbs up to a company that isn’t directly related to the business event sector but we couldn’t resist mentioning Microsoft Australia’s ‘Spring Day Out’ initiative on November7 in which MD Pip Marlow challenged all employees to work from home for the day. Ms Marlow said employers like Microsoft have to be flexible with where and how staff work. She said she managed her work time with her family time – attending sports carnivals or working in the school canteen – and encouraged all employers to do the same with their employees. Nice one!


Be on your toes for online scammers. The latest to pop into our inbox is from a Mr Collin Churchill (via a email address) who wanted to contract us to organise his wife’s birthday. Mr Churchill would like a birthday cake and flowers, a three-course dinner, a DJ, videographer and photographer. And he’s got $15,000 to spend. We suggest if you do receive an email from Mr Churchill you ignore it or else you might find yourself being sucked into a dodgy deal. And don’t laugh. We’ve heard of one individual who did fall for it and lost money in the process.


The Northern Territory’s Meetings Muster events held in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne recently were declared a great success for a range of reasons including the CSR component of the event which assisted two local organisations. More than 200 guests attended across all three events, with all attendees provided with a practical custom-made calico fabric backpack for carrying brochures they picked up at the show. These backpacks were commissioned from Bindi, an Alice Springs-based cross-cultural organisation which provides employment opportunities for adults with disabilities. The NTCB and its Meetings Muster partners also collectively donated $5000 to the Indigenous Eye Health Unit (IEHU), at the University of Melbourne, in lieu of distributing gifts to guests. The IEHU works with a range of partners to support the Northern Territory Government’s trachoma screening and treatment program, as well as its ‘Clean Faces and Strong Eyes’ awareness campaign. Nice one NT folks! m