A business forum session at the Alice Springs Convention Centre provided insights into business and industry strengths of the region. Five Alice Springs identities talked passionately about “their” Alice Springs, including experts who presented on cutting edge solar technologies and outstanding indigenous community health care initiatives.
The experiences kept on coming and included a day at the races “Alice Springs-style” attending the world-renowned Lasseters Camel Cup, a leisurely camel trek through spectacular outback countryside and an interactive dot painting workshop with indigenous artists.
A visit to the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Visitor Centre showcased its 70 seat theatre, whilst an outback bush lunch and guided walk at Simpson’s Gap and a visit to Alice Springs Desert Park provided indigenous culture insights.
Activities included hot air ballooning over the desert, a sunrise bike ride from Anzac Hill to the Alice Springs Telegraph Station and a mini Henley-on-Todd Yacht Regatta in the dry Todd Riverbed. The spectacular cliffs and rocky escarpments of off-site venue, The Quarry, provided a sensational setting for the finale dinner under the stars.
To enable the maximum number of Alice Springs operators to be involved, a mini trade show was held by an additional nine Alice Springs Business Tourism product operators, who could not be included in the main programme.
What they had to say:
“We work with a number of automotive clients with lots of male delegates and the guys would just love Alice Springs. The Camel Cup would be a great inclusion, if it worked in with the event dates. The mini Henley-on-Todd Regatta is fantastic for a group bonding or team building exercise and the quarry is excellent for a gala dinner.”
Brian Challinor – Director, Gener8 Events
In Darwin, the itinerary included visits to the Royal Darwin Hospital’s annual War and Disaster Forum, the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre, the Menzies School of Health Research and the NT Radiation Oncology Unit.
In Alice Springs, participants received a presentation from the Alice Springs Hospital’s Renal Dialysis Unit and also visited the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. A special feature was a visit to the Western Desert Dialysis’ Purple House facility which included a meeting with a representative of Medicine Tree NT, an organisation providing complementary therapies to Indigenous Territorians.
The famil included visits to a range of hotels and the two convention centres in Darwin and Alice Springs. In Darwin, the group also visited the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, saw some superb Indigenous art at the Mbantua Gallery and encountered some of the oldest inhabitants on earth at the Crocosaurus Cove crocodile attraction.
In Alice Springs, highlights included a visit to The Old Telegraph Station, attendance at the world-famous Alice Springs Camel Cup Carnival and a meeting with some exotic NT flora and fauna at Alice Springs Desert Park. A hot air balloon flight over the stunning outback terrain provided the perfect finale.
What they had to say:
“The challenges in relation to renal health in Alice Springs were really quite unique and it was really interesting to see how the issues of distance between dialysis facilities were being overcome. I particularly enjoyed our time at Purple House – amazing people doing amazing things.”
Zelda Tupicoff, Business Development, Third Sector (Not-for-Profit sector publication)