2013 SA Industry Dinner and Networking Event
5th September, 2013
On Thursday 5th September ARCIA held its third annual regional event in Adelaide, again at the prestigious National Wine Centre. This great event is very well supported by the radio communications industry and with just under 90 attendees it was again larger than previous Adelaide events. Much networking and discussion took place ahead of the excellent meal, with excellent South Australian wines to enjoy.
The guest speaker was Martin Hamilton-Smith, the Shadow Minister for Economic and Regional Development, Manufacturing, Trade, Defence Industries and Mineral Resources & Energy in the South Australian Government. In opening his speech he referred to his time in the Australian Military and how he had some understanding of radio communications from the user's perspective. Martin then went on to outline the potential of South Australia and how it was hoped that the future Liberal Government would be able to build on some of the developments from smaller industries to support reductions in the historical manufacturing base in Adelaide. The Shadow Minister acknowledged the needs of the radio industry, as well as several others, who urgently need more training facilities. During later discussions, Mr Hamilton-Smith was pleased to discuss many issues and to seek information on how a future South Australian Government might work with our industry to increase the benefits to both industry and Government.
A door prize was drawn later in the evening and Armagan Cetindas from Tait Radio left the event with a bottle of Penfolds Grange to be shared at a later time. After the meals were finished and the formal part of the evening completed, much networking took place and the general chatter in the room reflected the success of the event. During the evening the Master of Ceremonies took the opportunity to publicly thank Christian Kelly (President) and Bob Rogers (Secretary) for their hard work for the Association, both stood down from Executive positions on the ARCIA Committee late in August and their contributions were recognised.
In all aspects, this event was well organised and appreciated by everyone who attended, special thanks must go to the ARCIA Committee representative for South Australia, Jeff Perry, and his staff who contributed to the organisation and running of this event, it is a credit to Jeff and the South Australian radio industry that it is such a success each year.
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