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AGM & President’s Lunch

Annual General Meeting

The 2021 Hospitality NT Annual General Meeting was held at Mindil Beach Casino Resort, with 33 Members represented there.

The work of the Association is detailed in the President’s Report which is available to all Members. It was again a very busy and challenging year with the office assisting all Members navigate COVID, border closures, mandatory vaccinations, lockdowns, lockouts, mask mandates and much more.

On a more positive note, the Association was able to run a full calendar of events, including new events aimed at retaining workers and promoting our local producers, breweries and distilleries.

Due to the hard work of the office, Board and Executive, our records show Hospitality NT now has more Members than it ever has before. It is often during a crisis that we come together and the benefits of the resources and information of a peak industry representative such as Hospitality NT comes to the forefront. Hospitality NT thanks all our Members for their continued support.

President’s Charity Luncheon

Each year the NT’s hospitality industry gets together for a fun and relaxed afternoon but on a more serious side raise money for local charities.

Unfortunately, this year so many of our regional members who normally make the trip up were unable to this year, due to the Katherine Lockdown/Lockout and uncertainty surrounding that.

We had over 200 people in attendance who enjoyed some fun from MC Chris O’Brien, former CEO Des Crowe, some Jimmy Rees videos and more.

This year Hospitality NT partnered with Smart Pups, a not-for-profit organisation who provide assistance dogs to children with special needs. Trained in task-specific skills, Smart Pups are able to improve children’s independence and quality of life. This unique form of early intervention therapy has shown to have a profound effect on the day-to-day lives of children with special needs and their families. It’s amazing to see the how the Smart Pups make such a positive change that keeps growing for life.

The long-time Smart Pup “Laddie” that worked at the Nemarluk School in Darwin, has retired and the funds raised at this year’s President’s Lunch will go towards replacing Laddie with a new Smart Pup that will be named “Kelly”,  after Hospitality NT’s staff member Kelly who organised the event. “Kelly” the Smart Pup will continue to amazing work assisting the significant amount of Northern Territory children through the Nemarluk School.

The Isolated Children’s Parent’s Association also benefitted from the funds raised, to assist in running their sports and social development camps in the Top End and Central Australia.

 

Sarah Andrews