How to make the most of long conference days

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THE right atmosphere or catering can make long conference days or training programs feel shorter and much more enjoyable.

Whether it’s a change of scenery by the beach, unique food, tailored training programs or local venues that go above and beyond, “CityNews” speaks to experts ready to make any conference or training program unforgettable!

DOMA conference room.

Space in the centre of attention

LOCATED in the Parliamentary Triangle, Doma Hotels has spaces suitable for any type of conference or training event, says director of conference and events Sheree Kahlefeldt.

And it’s centrally located, with Sheree saying the Realm Precinct is minutes away from most government departments and only 10 minutes from the airport and city.

Hotel Realm, one of Doma Hotels’ conference locations, is practically on the steps of Parliament House and several government agencies, and has spaces suitable for any type of conference, training or event, Sheree says.

“From our state-of-the-art, purpose-built boardrooms, which can host up to 22 delegates, to our architecturally unique and versatile High Courtyard venues, which provide an exciting alternative for an event,” she says.

“The National Ballroom has recently been renovated and is perfect for larger events. It can sit up to 550 for a dinner or lunch and up to 800 for a conference.

“The newly renovated space boasts state-of-the-art audio visual, laser projectors, extended pre-function spaces, new bathrooms, dedicated trade lift, stunning custom-made chandeliers, fully integrated wireless presentation capabilities and a dedicated conference and events concierge.

“We [also] have a dedicated banquet concierge service whereby your dedicated supervisor is on call at all times.

“For larger events, we host a pre-conference meeting with all operational staff involved in which the client also attends to run through all event details the day or two prior.”

Doma Hotels, 1/18 National Circuit, Barton. Call 6163 1888, email or visit

Conference down by the sea

LOCATED on the southern end of the south coast’s jewel, Mollymook Beach, the four-star rated Mollymook Shores Motel and Conference Centre is the perfect spot for Canberrans to hold their next conference, says manager Maria T Kelly.

It’s a great change of atmosphere for Canberrans, according to Maria, who says they can experience the fresh beach air while getting to work in a central location.

With 27 rooms, guests can take advantage of the location and stay overnight following the conference, or for a multi-day conference.

“Guests can take a stroll before the conference, then they can relax and play golf or go to one of the incredible local restaurants,” she says.

“Mollymook has the best of everything. We have amazing restaurants like Rick Stein at Bannisters, the hatted restaurant St Isidor and Cupitt’s Winery.

“There’s also a golf club across the road and an 18-hole golf course two kilometres down the road.”

But no matter what reason guests stay at Mollymook Shores Motel and Conference Centre, Maria says they will always get a warm welcome.

“Our rooms are large and we’re well-known for our cleanliness,” she says.

And when it comes to conferences, if organisers are looking for catering options, Maria says they can organise to bring food on site and take advantage of the best, local food from Milton, Ulladulla and Mollymook.

Mollymook Shores Motel and Conference Centre, 11 Golf Avenue, Mollymook, NSW. Call 4455 5888, email or visit


Club goes above and beyond

Function room 5.

CANBERRA Services Club goes above and beyond to make sure they deliver the best conference or event to its guests, says its functions manager Marija Djerke.

“We cater for everyone’s needs, whatever they want they’ll get,” Marija says.

The conference space at the Canberra Services Club holds about 80 people and has conference essentials such as a projector and a white board.

Then the space upstairs, which spills out onto a beer garden and is decorated with fairy lights, holds about 150 people and, Marija says, is perfect for private parties.

“It’s great for a comfortable, private party. It’s like having an event at home,” she says.

The club often hosts events such as conferences, weddings, engagement parties, christenings, birthdays, as well as functions for the defence force, the AFP, the firies and the ambulance services in Canberra and its surrounding area.

“Call up or come in and we can sit down and have a chat about what you want,” Marija says.

“We have lots of catering options such as buffet-style, sit-down options as well as conference and corporate packages.

“There’s heaps to choose from and if they want something different we will go above and beyond to get it for them.”

Overall Marija says the club offers a good price for guests to have a good night, at a good venue, with good food.

Canberra Services Club, 51 Blackall Street, Barton. Call 6162 0503 or visit

Daana Catering owners Sanjay and Sunita Kumar.

Daana adds a flare to conferences

THE premium catering company, Daana Catering, is the first choice for conference organisers who are after an unforgettable event, say co-owners and chefs Sanjay and Sunita Kumar.

“Research shows that the top-most reason for conference delegates’ complaints in post-conference feedback is the quality of conference catering,” Sanjay says.

“It’s always the food that people remember from conferences and events.

“When you entrust your conference to Daana Catering, those memories will be the talking point for all the right reasons.”

Sanjay says the multi award-winning team at Daana Catering will surprise guests with their delicious international fare and personalised service, all at an affordable price.

“We offer delicious chef-curated menus and customised catering for all  occasions for up to 500 people,” he says.

“Our experienced team of chefs can deliver a wide range of international cuisines [like] Italian, Asian, Mediterranean, Aussie, British and Indian to name a few.

“Special dietary requirements are taken care of with the same flair, too.”

Sanjay, who’s the personalised point of contact from pre-planning to conference completion, promises to provide professional advice and

to deliver what is asked for.

“Daana Catering offers conference packages as well as helps with planning and delivering tailor-made conference catering to match clients’ budgets and needs,” he says.

Daana Catering. Contact 5105 1048, email or visit


Trainers who believe in ‘human potential’

Yellow Edge client service manager Victoria Appleby.

YELLOW Edge has been supporting leaders at every level since it was established in 2002, says its client service manager Victoria Appleby.

The leaders of Yellow Edge itself, the four founding directors, were colleagues at a large multinational and decided to start the business after they were frustrated with the constraints imposed on them in their former roles, which consequently affected their clients.

Now, Victoria says they support leaders through training programs, professional coaching, citizen engagement and consultancy work.

“They decided to take a stand and embark on a new journey together, armed with a depth of client understanding and a mission to provide exceptional service,” she says.

“We believe in human potential and our ability to support and elevate our clients to higher levels of performance.

“We are not a training company that provides ‘off-the-shelf’ offerings to our clients, but instead create tailored solutions for valuable, practical outcomes.

“We partner with our clients on projects and often become their trusted advisers in the leadership and development space.

“Clients regularly tell us they appreciate our ability to understand their needs, that we’re easy to work with and that we provide positive impact and change.”

Yellow Edge, Level 2, 9 Sydney Avenue, Barton. Call 6273 0168, email or visit

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