ADPIA Annual Conference – Brand New Day; Change is Here!

May 15 – 17
PCO: In-house, Sara Quinn
Venue: Hyatt Canberra

ADPIA is the Australian Direct Property Investment Association and is the peak national body representing the interests of its members in the unlisted property investment sector: trusts and syndicates.

Great bunch of people in a sector that has been manfully struggling through some difficult times due to the GFC.

Now, I’d never been to the Hyatt in Canberra before and when I walked in on Sunday afternoon I was greeted by a concierge dressed in a flat cap and plus-fours. All around me were genteel people having high tea. I felt like I was in a scene from the Great Gatsby!

The Hyatt is absolutely charming and was built in 1924 as a hotel to serve the members of Parliament.

The conference committee was led by Nicola Woodward of Apex Property and they developed a great program. Former Liberal Leader, John Hewson was the opening keynote speaker. Insightful, erudite and entertaining as always, John gave an overview of the economic situation and it was not all peaches and cream. While we have a mining boom, not everybody benefits and in Australia today we definitely have a two-speed economy and the second speed is not all that flash!

An innovation for this conference was site visits to two relevant areas in Canberra. The Brindabella Business Park is a high-tech, quality campus-style commercial office development and the famous Nishi Centre when completed will be home to the Department of Climate Change.

The social highlight of the conference was the dinner which was held at the Australian War Memorial. Wow! What a venue! Dinner was preceded by a tour of the centre which barely scratched the surface.

Entertainment came from the Peter Funnell stable of stars and featured the Stilettos with an Andrews Sisters tribute. Awesome act!

Keep an eye on ADPIA as the new CEO, Geoff Gedge, hits his straps.

Really enjoyable conference, terrific venue and great people.

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