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Experts who take time to get the training right

Some of the best venues and providers in training and education are right on Canberra’s doorstep.


Tailored emergency training services

Managing director Gary Cheeseman.

During 2007, amidst a landscape where the unpredictability of emergencies loomed large, a pioneering venture was born, says Gary Cheeseman, chief executive officer, Ferst. 

“Our Fire and Emergency Response Safety Training business emerged not just as a service provider, but as a beacon of resilience and safety within our community,” says Gary. 

“Driven by the core belief that people’s safety transcends the value of property, we have dedicated ourselves to crafting a safer future for all. 

“Today, we stand as a testament to the power of preparedness, expertise, and unwavering commitment to safeguarding lives.”

Under the mandates of the WHS Act 2011 and based on the structure of AS3745-2010, Gary says their services have evolved beyond a basic offering and have become a crucial requirement for facilities nationwide. 

“This regulatory backbone complements our ethical framework, ensuring that every organisation we touch not only meets but exceeds the standards of safety and preparedness,” he says. 

“Our approach is holistic and people-centric.”

Gary says training programs at Ferst are meticulously tailored to address the specific needs of each client, ensuring a comprehensive coverage of all potential emergencies. 

“From fire safety to natural disaster preparedness, from medical emergencies to evacuation protocols, our curriculum is expansive and all-encompassing,” says Gary.

“We believe in empowering individuals with the knowledge and skills to not only protect themselves but also to be vigilant guardians of their peers.”

Ferst, 1/2 Yallourn Street Fyshwick. Call 1300 333 778 or visit

A ‘top choice’ for event organisers

The Crowne Plaza Canberra stands as a premier meeting venue and deluxe hotel accommodation, says Tim Bruen, director of sales and marketing.

“Established in 1989, the hotel has proudly carried the Crowne Plaza brand for over two decades. Boasting eight meeting spaces, six of which are bathed in natural light, it proves ideal for hosting education and training seminars, workshops, and board meetings,” he says.

“With a total of 296 rooms, it holds the distinction of having Canberra’s largest single-hotel inventory, ensuring ample accommodation for visiting delegates and facilitators.”

The commitment to excellence extends to various aspects of the venue, including quality food with a focus on a healthy-menu ethos, says cluster marketing manager Laura-Jane Hawkins. 

“Break-out spaces feature natural light, while Redsalt restaurant offers a picturesque setting overlooking Glebe Park for hot buffet lunches,” she says. 

“The venue is equipped with video conferencing, high-quality audio-visual products and services, and secure undercover parking for delegates and attendees.”

For those looking to make a booking, Laura-Jane says Crowne Plaza has an enticing offer. 

“Bookings with a minimum spend of $2000 will enjoy a 10 per cent discount if the event takes place between April 1 and July 31,” she says.

“The hotel presents a new menu featuring grazing boards or tables, full-day delegate menu packages, and canapé packages. 

“The menu is designed to be allergy-friendly and can be customised to suit diverse dietary needs.”

“With its comprehensive offerings and commitment to customer satisfaction, the Crowne Plaza Canberra stands as a top choice for discerning business travellers and event organisers alike.”

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

Oval comes with lots of options for any event

Established in the late 1920s as Canberra’s original cricket ground, historic Manuka Oval now boasts a contemporary events facility, where GEMA Group offer their services, says events manager Laura Van Rees.

“A multitude of catering options are available at Manuka Oval,” she says.

“Choose from one of our day-delegate packages, cocktail packages or gala dinners.

“Otherwise, you can work with your dedicated event manager to create a bespoke menu best suited for your event.

“Function rooms have large windows with views of the field and extensive natural light.

“It’s located in the Parliamentary Triangle, close to the CBD, and there are a range of hospitality and accommodation options nearby with Manuka Oval being within walking distance of the Kingston and Manuka precincts.”

GEMA Group, Manuka Oval, Griffith. Call 0420 941572, or visit

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