report by Trevor Connell
There is nothing quite like dining under the wings of a First World War aircraft. First you notice how small they are and how exposed the cockpit is. Then you realise that these aircraft are now 100 years old.
Accompany that with passionate storytelling by the director of the Australian War Memorial (AWM), Dr Brendan Nelson, and you have an experience like no other in Australia.
And that was what the delegates to the latest “Top Secret” Canberra famil. experienced.
Twenty PCOs and event managers from around Australia were hosted by the Canberra Convention Bureau for three days to explore what the national capital has to offer.
These delegates were joined by around 150 members of the CCB for dinner in the First World War section of the AWM’s ANZAC Hall.
Guests were welcomed by Patrick McKenna (Chair of the CCB board) and by the ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr. Mr Barr reminded the delegates that according to OECD rankings Canberra is the top ranking city in the world to live. So take that Melbourne!
There are not a lot of speakers who can completely silence those in our industry, but Dr Nelson had everyone’s full attention as he told the story of the AWM and in particular a story behind a particular soldier’s name that will be projected onto the AWM on 25th April 2015. Just one of 62,000 names of those who gave their lives during the First World War that will be projected during the Centenary of that conflict.
A lighter side of the evening was provided by The Stilettos – a trio of saucy songstress – to accompany the networking by CCB members.
Catering for the event was provided by Create Consultants.