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Here’s a guide to quality training and conference spaces available here in Canberra that are suitable for any upcoming event.

WHEN learning a new skill, running a training session or hosting a conference, it’s important to get the setting right.

From a professional atmosphere, to quality catering, to accessible audio-visual capabilities, an event is made all the more memorable when all the details fall into place.

Here’s the “CityNews” guide to quality training and conference spaces available here in Canberra that are suitable for any upcoming event.

‘Modern, chic’ hotel in heart of Queanbeyan

THE Royal Hotel in Queanbeyan has three different venues available to suit any occasion, says events and marketing manager Bianca Paquay.

“The Manhattan Room is our biggest, hosting up to around 80 guests, but we also have the Menzies Room and our smallest and most private is the Beadman Room,” says Bianca.

And with an upstairs kitchen designed purely for functions, Bianca says the Royal Hotel offers an extensive choice of dining and drinks packages to add flavour to any event being hosted.

“We’ve got different catering options available as well, whether they’re after the sandwich package for a working lunch, or whether they want to go for a hot buffet, which is perfect in these winter months – and it’s been the most popular at the moment.”

Bianca says The Royal Hotel has the latest audio-visual technology available. The atrium and outdoor terrace can be used for fresh air during breaks and it’s all right at the heart of Queanbeyan, in a modern, chic feel.

The Royal Hotel, 85 Monaro Street, Queanbeyan. Contact or call 6297 1444.

Hotel caters to a wide variety of events

WHETHER it’s a social or corporate event, the team at Crowne Plaza Canberra say they have the facilities to cater to a wide variety of functions.

“We offer fully catered events from day-delegate packages to cocktail and dinner events,” says a hotel spokesperson.

“The hotel is right next to Glebe Park so guests can get that relaxing feeling of being close to nature even though they’re in the CBD.

“Our smaller function rooms have wall-mounted LCD screens and we have video conferencing options available. For our larger event spaces, we work with AV specialist Elite Event Technology to cater to all audio/visual needs.”

The team says it’s the feedback they get from clients that most reflects the quality of the function spaces available.

For example, they say a review from Interaction Consulting Group called them “true partners” with “venue options perfect for hosting training events”.

Crowne Plaza Canberra, 1 Binara Street, Canberra. Call 6274 5500 or visit

Conferences with a view

BANNISTERS Mollymook offers conference rooms with a difference, says events co-ordinator Juliette Edwards.

“Your boardroom could be in a penthouse or suite with the Pacific Ocean as your backdrop, meeting breaks on the outside balcony to soak up the sun, a glowing fireplace for those cold winter days, and Mollymook beach is only a two-minute walk from our hotel,” she says.

“The option of conference rooms is endless at Bannisters Mollymook. We have Rooftop East and two Pavilion Penthouses that can host conferences at Bannisters Pavilion.

“At Bannisters by the Sea, we have the option to host conferences in our Cameron Kimber Penthouse, Narrawallee Suite or Rick’s Beach House.”

Juliette says audio-visual presentations are welcome, with basic flip charts and whiteboards, or TVs with HDMI connection availability or “click share connections,” and reliable internet service for laptops.

“Conference packages include morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. There are options to upgrade for lunch from a quick working lunch to share plates, pizza and burgers, and barista coffee available throughout the day,” she says.

“We strive to ensure all our guests have an enjoyable stay. We appreciate the effort required for delegates to travel the distance to be at our property, and we understand the challenging tasks of organising an offsite event, and we will be available to assist every step of the way.”

Bannisters Mollymook, 191 Mitchell Parade or 87 Tallwood Avenue, Mollymook, NSW. Call (02) 4454 7400, or visit

Elevated conferences in the ‘perfect’ venue

RYDGES Canberra offers 12 spaces for a variety of events, says hotel sales executive Mitchell Hodder.

“We have boardrooms that cater for five people, to suites that can cater for up to 150 people,” he says, and all their rooms are fitted with a screen, “either TV or a data projector and drop-down screen.”

“Our day-delegate packages start at just $79 per person, which includes all-day catering and room hire.”

Mitchell says the catering provides a continuous supply of tea and coffee, as well as sweet and savoury morning and afternoon tea options, and a work lunch.

“Given that we have just been recently refurbished, the spaces are absolutely stunning now.

“We’re the perfect venue because our location is so central to Barton and Manuka, and since the renovations the space has just completely elevated.”

Rydges Canberra, 17 Canberra Avenue, Forrest. Call 6295 3144, or visit

Experienced educators provide training solutions

OPENED in 1992, Wizard Corporate Training is one of the oldest Australian-owned training companies in Australia, says chief operating officer Matilda Robinson.

“Wizard Corporate Training, a leader in Microsoft, Adobe, web design and professional and self-development training, provides Australia’s best instructor-led classroom training experience,” she says.

“Wizard has delivered quality training by the most experienced instructors in Australia. Our friendly, expert trainers provide classroom training; work with corporate groups in the workplace; and develop customised training solutions for small and large businesses.

Matilda says the company also provides the industry’s best service and post-course support.

“Our experience in the training field is second to none and enables us to bring 25 years of experience to our clients in all areas of corporate training and development,” she says.

Wizard Corporate Training, Level 4, 54 Marcus Clarke Street. Call 6162 2929 or visit

The Q cabaret seating.

Theatre provides flexible function venues

FROM cabarets to fashion shows, weddings to high teas and everything in between, The Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre (The Q) has the right function space for almost any event, says artistic director Jordan Best.

“Our most popular event space is The B, or the Bicentennial Hall, where we have functions, conferences, birthdays, weddings, lectures and many other events that utilise the theatre,” she says.

“It can fit 300 on a flat-floor layout, but many events also use the 570-seat retractable seating. We have full audio-visual capabilities including a projector and large screen, speakers and some swish lighting.”

Jordan says the venue staff can also provide a diverse range of catering options.

“We have various places in Queanbeyan that we talk with to organise pretty much any type of food for any type of arrangement,” she says.

“We have kitchen facilities for people who are wanting hot food and we can bring in cold food. Whether it’s buffet style or whether you’re wanting to be served at the table, we can do it all.”

For more intimate events, Jordan says functions can also be booked in The Q’s foyer and exhibition space, where movable TV screens can also be utilised for audio and visual elements.

“We can make both The B and The Q a flexible space for your event,” she says.

“The room can be made to feel how you need it to feel.”

The Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre (The Q), 253 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan. Call 6285 6265 or visit


Industry leader for emergency response training

Brendan Garske, left, and Alex Robertson.

AS the industry leader for emergency response training, FERST has a focus on safety throughout the whole year, says director Gary Cheeseman.

“Our training gives people the skills to not only keep themselves safe but anyone who visits their workplace or facility,” he says.

“People first” is the catchphrase that drives the team behind Ferst Training Solutions, which offers specialised emergency response training to workplaces in the ACT and NSW.

Since 2007, the family-run business has offered a range of courses to workplaces including: Training of Emergency Response Teams; Emergency Response Chief Wardens and Wardens; General Staff Training; Fire Extinguisher Use Training; and Building Evacuation Training.

“We endeavour to give people the skills so when something does go wrong, they have the tools to get out of that situation safely,” he says.

All trainers have been in operational positions, in fields including the military, fire services or emergency services, meaning they have real-life experience in dealing with many situations, Gary says.

“Our training is practical and procedural,” he says.

Ferst Training Solutions. Visit or call 1300 333778.

Googong Community Centre function room.

Queanbeyan’s got plenty of function facilities

QUEANBEYAN Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) offers several multipurpose function and meeting rooms of varying sizes that can accommodate smaller business meetings, private parties and community group gatherings.

Available for hire are Riverside Oval Meeting room, Jerrabomberra Community Centre, Googong Community Centre, Letchworth Community Centre, Axis Centre, Bungendore Community Centre, Braidwood Community Centre and Captains Flat Multipurpose Health Centre.

“All venues include kitchen facilities and furniture to assist with your event,” says QPRC community facilities team leader Mandy Tomlinson.

“Catering options can be arranged at all of the centres or hirers are able to organise and bring in their own catering.

“Options available can be as simple as a refreshment pack to full wait service conference packages.”

Mandy says the facilities can accommodate a small meeting of four to six people up to a conference or training day for up to 80 people.

“All of the facilities have or are in the process of being fitted with TV screens or projectors for audio/visual capabilities and Riverside, Jerrabomberra and Googong have wi-fi capabilities,” says Mandy.

More information and to take a virtual tour of the facilities visit or call 6285 6583.

Canberra Southern Cross Club function space.

Event experts offer affordable options

WITH function space that can accommodate anywhere from 30 up to 1000 people, Canberra Southern Cross Club is the perfect place to host your next event, says general manager of sales and marketing Mel Braid.

“The Southern Cross Club has a range of affordable packages and experienced event managers at your service,” she says.

“We can tailor individual packages for you and provide expert advice to ensure the smooth running of your function.”

Mel says the club can offer full-day catering, AV facilities, dedicated function staff and free parking.

“Our award-winning chefs will create menus to suit all tastes and budgets,” she says.

“There’s tea and coffee on arrival, morning and afternoon tea, working lunch, three-course seated menus, cocktail events and beverage packages.

Operating across four venues including Woden, Tuggeranong, Jamison and the Yacht Club, Mel says the Southern Cross Club is particularly excited to welcome people as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Canberra Southern Cross Club, call 6283 7200 or visit

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