Monday, 30 April 2007

Thanks to AUGI Volunteers

Whilst finializing my monthly duties as an AUGI Director, I had the urge to compose a poem dedicated to all the AUGI Volunters, that assist and help us in many ways unmeasureable...

To all the wonderful AUGI Volunteers!
The gift you give is beyond all measure;
Worth too much to count or weigh.
To us it is a priceless treasure,
That grows in value day by day.
Your service, compassion, commitment and care
Inspire us all and set you apart.
You give of yourself with the time you share.
AUGI Volunteers…. Accept our thanks from the heart.

Saturday, 21 April 2007

The Continuing Saga of the BDA Study Tour...








WOW! I'm hoping I'll eventually get to finish this saga... anyway the story continues

We arrive @ Kooralbyn to be greeted by a signs all over the place "No BYO Alcohol" What are they joking!?!?!

The 20+ year old Rammed Earth building was exceptionally nice although showing its age and wear n' tear in a few spots but it was nice to have a couple days rest and not have to pack up & go in the morning...

So what to do in a place with little or no shops, hardly any phone reception let alone net reception... there was at least a 8-ball table, lots of reptilian friends and birdlife, a black bottomed swimming pool and a golf course with electric buggies - time to go terrorising with fellow SA comrade, Mark P.

When we did finally leave on Wednesday morning, its was off to a very enjoyable rubbarb pie morning tea, followed by Cedar Creek Winery for lunch complete with glow-worm cave tour and finally arriving at the Royal Pines Resort Hotel in readiness for the Golf Day & Conference to be held over the next three days...
For a more comprehensive photo gallery - look here

Friday, 13 April 2007

The BDA Study Tour Continues...





Where does the time go... The BDA Study Tour continues...

...continuing on from where I left off

after a sumptuous meal we were entertained by lawyer, Paul Brennan. Evening drinks & frivolities once again ended up in my apartment with some great photos taken...

An early start, saw us packed n' ready to go heading our way pack into Brissy for a Port of Brisbane Tour, Austral Bricks tour and later Coke Cola tour...

Look out Kooralbyn, you don't know what's about to hit ya

Monday, 2 April 2007





WoW! What a week this past one has been... the only downside is not getting access to the internet.


As a prequel to the 2007 BDA National Conference, I attended the Study Tour which commenced in Brisbane, Queensland last Saturday, March 24 where we gathered to have a few drinks with the participants before walking off the discover Brisbane's "Southbank" nightlife and the days ahead touring the Sunshine coast, Queensland Hinterland and eventually arriving at the conference venue, Crowne Plaza Royal Pines Resort in the Gold Coast.


A moderately early start, after late-ish night wandering the streets of Brisbane with another SA participant, Mark P, before heading our way to the Sunshine Coast and Aussie World, on Sunday. Upon arrival at Aussie World (home of the famous Ettamogah Pub) saw the largest scone I've ever seen laden with jam n' cream - a great morning tea and a great start to the Study Tour. After a design session with Noosa building designer, Stephen Kidd lunch was on at the Ettamogah Pub - I'm certainly not going to go hungry on this trip...
After a scenic drive around Noosa, we booked into our digs "Australis Noosa Lakes Resort". Time to freshen up and get ready for this evening's activities... but more on that in other post...
...to be continued :)