Latest News from The Board

Latest News from The Board

Our apologies for an overdue newsletter this month. Our fabulous Executive Officer went on some much needed leave and your president took it upon herself to get involved and interfere!

We’ve been having many conversations with many organisations this month and can report to you that we are really making inroads into getting the events industry heard. There are so many issues that are facing our members and friends in the industry that we find ourselves fighting battles on a range of fronts.

Getting the Bills Paid

We have had several meetings and are continuing to meet with local government, state government and large event organisers about them putting into place a range of measures to ensure they are using event professionals who have a good track record. We are keen for them to call the EIA, to use our members, to brief us before they engage potentially unscrupulous operaters. We do not want to go through another summer like the last one!

Safety and Risk

With the events happening around the world, safety at events is becoming an increasing important issue. We have been approached to join with some groups in the eastern states to commence discussions about setting national standards for event safety, rigging, risk and a range of other elements that we deal with every time we work on a site. We will be forming a committee in WA to liaise with one of these groups, so if you’re keen to find out more about getting involved please email

Professional Development

We’ve done a pretty good job this year of connecting our members to each other but we need to run more professional development courses so that you will have a range of skills that will increase the professionalism of our people and continue to help up do better events. We’d love to know what interests you in terms of training and professional development. Please email Janet Spellissy with your thoughts

Farewell to an Industry Legend

By now, most of you will have heard of the passing of John Petkovich. Pecko, as he was affectionately known, was diagnosed only recently with cancer and passed away this weekend. Pecko was a drummer in The Invaders in the 70’s and has been involved in the music and event industry ever since, most recently running a company that transported the biggest acts in the world from the airport to hotels, gigs and around town. He always had a story to tell (but never about his clients), was passionate and loud and cared very deeply about this industry. He’ll be missed by so many people in the industry. Vale Pecko.

Tell Us What You Think

Its really important that we know what our members want. All of the board members are available via email or phone, as is Janet, so if you’ve got a problem, you want something done, need some assistance….please, talk to us.

The AGM is approaching and we will be looking for new board members to join us and take the Association to the next level. If you’re keen to explore this opportunity, please call me to discuss how you can get involved. We’re looking for new skills, people with strong networks and board members who are willing to get stuck into the business of making the EIA a force to be reckoned with.

Enjoy your week and please keep the articles coming.

Cassandra Brennan

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