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Page 18 • MICEBTN - March-April 2019 Gumbuya’s upgrade work starts WORK is under way on stage two of Australia’s Gumbuya World, which will see a wave pool added. The expansion will see the Vic- toria theme park’s water world, Oasis Springs, almost double in size. Currently it includes the Typhoon Island, epic water slides, a 300 metre Lazy River, heated rock pools and Surf’s Up. In addition to the new family wave pool, visitors will have six new gigantic waterslides comprising two monster twister slides and four lane rally race slides. The expansion is part of a major redevelopment of the facility that is set to continue over the next three years. The theme park will offer 50 new attractions as well as a range of on-site accommodation, new cafes, shops, a chocolate factory and a microbrewery. It will also include indigenous, dinosaur and wool shed precincts for educational programs. By 2022, it is anticipated that Gumbuya World will attract a million visitors each year from around Australia and the globe – ensuring tourism remains strong in Victoria and the Gippsland region. Churchill convention is heading to Hobart CHURCHILL fellows from through- out Australia – and some from New Zealand – will gather in Hobart July 5-7 for a national convention aimed at furthering the fellowship goals of sharing experiences gained from study funded by the Churchill Trust. Among keynote speakers at the conference www.churchillcon- ventiontas.org.au will be the great statesman’s grandson Jeremy Soames. Convention venue is the Hotel Grand Chancellor, with the conven- tion dinner at the Hobart Function and Conference Centre, Sullivans Cove. The Friday evening welcoming function will be at Government House, hosted by governor Kate Warner and Richard Warner, himself a Churchill fellow in 1999. Organising the event in tandem with a volunteer committee from the Churchill Fellows Association of Tasmania is Jill Bannon of Cor- porate Event Management www. jbcemtas.com.au Each state and territory has such an association, with fellows support- ing each other to ensure they give back amply. A fellowship, allowing overseas study travel, is seen as a lifetime commitment. Along with Soames, other keynote speakers at the convention will include Bronwyn Smits, who chairs the NZ Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Australia’s national chair Da- vid Trebeck (a 1974 fellow) and chief executive Adam Davey. Dinner speakers will be psycholo- gist Steve Biddulph, who is famed in- ternationally for his work in educa- tion and parenting, wine (Goaty Hill Wines, Tamar Valley) and tourism entrepreneur Natasha Nieuwhof, and zoologist Niall Doran who is a renowned film-maker, very active with threatened species. Nieuwhof is also a director of Red Goat Events, a not-for-profit event management company that has established community events such as the Launceston Night Market. All these dinner speakers are Churchill fellows. The Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship was established in 1965 after Winston Churchill’s death, although he was aware of the fellow- ship plan and approved of it. It was funded by an extraordinary public, corporate and government joint effort, including the greatest one- day door knock in Australia’s history, carried out by RSL members on Sunday February 28 1965, only four weeks after Churchill’s funeral. This initiative raised more than twice the amount originally envisaged and set the trust on a firm foundation. AACB inks Cvent deal THe ASSoCIATIon of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) has signed an annual partnership with Cvent. The alliance is a first-of-its-kind collaboration for AACB and highlights a shared platform for expanding Australia’s business events industry through technology and innovation. Cvent will be the exclusive event technology partner for AACB’s 30th annual conference, Destination Business events, which will allow members and conference participants to learn about new technology. The partnership will also open the door to collaborations on research and co-hosted education opportunities.