We have just returned from another great conference held on the Gold Coast. The feedback so far has been really positive with the discussions being possibly more candid and controversial than in times past.
We were proud to support OzHarvest at alpha, a charity that rescues quality excess food that would otherwise go to waste. This food is then distributed to charities supporting Australians in need. OzHarvest operates in Sydney, Newcastle, Adelaide and Brisbane. The alpha conference was the first event in the Gold Coast to participate, and as you can see, it didn't go unappreciated. I encourage you to view their website and see how you can help.
Corey Payne, the Chairman of our philanthropy partner, Future Direction Network, gave a passionate speech at the awards night about the difference the AVCAL relationship has made and the money we have helped raise to assist young people to go to university. In recognition of that, they have named one of their scholarships the "AVCAL Scholarship" for which I am dead chuffed on behalf of our industry. Conference delegates would have received a follow up note from Greg Minton. But if you weren't there I urge you to go to their website and see what an amazing difference this group is making to young people's lives. I am really proud that the industry has dug deep to assist. We only have $240,000 to go to have a sustainable fund that can provide these scholarships on an ongoing basis. If you haven't yet contributed you can do so via a secure online donation engine.
As many of you will know by now, I shall be leaving AVCAL at the end of October so this is my penultimate newsletter. It was therefore with a sad heart that I wrapped up the conference and I shall be wondering what to do with myself next September. The last seven years of the conference at the Gold Coast have been such huge fun and interest. You may be aware that we are changing the location to Melbourne next year to be closer to the LP community. We will keep you posted as we settle on venues etc.
I was very touched and honoured to have Joe Skrzynski give a farewell speech to me and I responded that it had been a pleasure and a privilege to serve this industry for the last seven years. I shall be returning to my previous life as a professional Non-Executive Director and hopefully continue to interact with the industry in that role.
We have some remaining events leading into the back end of the year including a Growth Funds Forum and end of year drinks in SA, VIC and NSW. So there's no let-up in the momentum at AVCAL.
With the new Government announcing the front bench we have been very pleased with the team that we will interact with. Ian MacFarlane in Industry has been a great supporter from when he had the role in the past. He brought in the ESVCLP and has always been very supportive of IIF. Mathias Cormann, Minister for Finance has been someone we have worked closely with for many years and also Arthur Sinodinos as Assistant Treasurer. So I am very confident that the new Government knows us, understands us, listens to us and regards us well.
I am up for a farewell cuppa anytime, just give me a call.
All the best,