A word from our President…


Its fairly exciting that in the past six months over 20 new members have joined the Association.
What is also great to see is that we are getting out and about – marketing and networking.

The Hidden Treasure Series is working really well and our members are finding out more and more about the venues that we have in our beautiful city and the spaces that sometimes get hidden away.
The Meet the Board morning coffee, which we hold once a month is also a great opportunity for members to meet each other and talk about their business, what is going well and what we as an industry could do better. If you’ve never joined us, please do so soon!

The Association is also working with some external bodies to ensure we are being considered in the planning and development of event spaces, regulations and legislation. Its easy for government to overlook events as a dedicated industry sector because we are still considered to be a subset of tourism.

We’re waiting to meet the new CEO at the Perth Stadium to make sure that our industry (and your Association) is kept top of mind. We’re talking to Tourism and Health Department about running some much needed think tanks on safety at events and we’re discussing funding with Lotterywest.

There are some really fantastic professional development workshops coming up in the near future – including Events 101 and a workshop on writing SWMS (safe work method statements) and job descriptions. These are going to be asked for more and more by venues and event organisers, so its important that you’re across what you need to do and to provide to your clients and venues.

The Annual General Meeting is coming up in October and we’re on the lookout for some new talent – some of the board are up for re-election as our terms are two years. If you’ve been a member of the Association for more than one year, then we encourage you to talk to us about what you think you could offer to the Association in the years to come.

We farewell two board members this month. Mona Quigley has left our sunny shores and has taken up a new position in the Netherlands. Peter Kay, our founding President, is taking on some new and exciting venues and we’ll be hearing more about those very soon I am sure. We all wish them both the very best for the future and thank them for their amazing contribution over their time on the board.

The end goal for our industry is always “bums on seats” – so we need you to come to events to share your business ideas and spread the word about why you’re the best at what you do. We need you to encourage your clients, suppliers, colleagues and competitors to join the EIA so we have strength in numbers and I ask you all to support each other. Members using members is what will make us a unified voice, will keep the clowns (politely speaking) out of our industry and will show the rest of the world that Perth has the best industry, that we have incredible talent and that we will stop at nothing to ensure the show goes on!

Cassandra Brennan

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