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Come join us and Get Local! New dates 15-16 February 2022

The Association Specialists are proud to be partnering with Get Local, a national business events exhibition which will bring the business events industry together in a flexible and engaging format

Get Local will showcase suppliers, destinations & product for meetings, events, conferences, incentives & group business travel across Australia, New Zealand & the Pacific.  

It will give buyers and exhibitors the opportunity to meet with the right contacts, identify business opportunities, drive lead generation, build relationships and grow their network.

In conjunction with the exhibition, we are also excited to be facilitating an education session on the show floor;

“Risky business… 2022 Event Landscape and beyond… Deliberation, Diversify & due diligence

We have three high profile industry leaders joining us for a robust discussion on how for purpose organisations manage risk, move forward and deliver value to their members in an everchanging landscape. Spaces are strictly limited and we encourage you to register now


Darryl Jeffrey, CEO Sydney Showground

Darryl is the Chief Operating Officer for Sydney Showground, the venue and event management business of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS), a position he has held since 2014.

In this role Darryl is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of all operational departments of Sydney Showground, a world-class venue that delivers over 100 national and international events each year. Sydney Showground has partnerships with the Australian Football League and Cricket NSW, with the Greater Western Sydney GIANTS and Sydney Thunder utilising the Showground’s main arena GIANTS Stadium for their home matches.

Sydney Showground also delivers the RAS’s annual flagship event, the iconic Sydney Royal Easter Show. Australia’s largest annual event, the show attracts circa 900,000 people. In 2021 Darryl was charged with delivering the show under strict COVID protocols and it will likely be the largest event on the planet following the safe attendance of over 800,000 patrons.

Darryl will speak directly to the risks involved in delivering the RAS, contingency plans around COVID, crowd control, hygiene arrival departure, flow of traffic and more.

Andrew Hiebl, Chief Executive Officer, AACB Inc

Andrew’s venue management background at the Albury Convention & Performing Arts Centre, soon changed when the world of Convention Bureau called. He managed bureaux in the regional destinations of Albury Wodonga and the Great Ocean Road, as well as Chairing Business Events Victoria for 3 years.

After securing “Hall of Fame” status for Business Events Geelong at the National Meetings & Events Industry Awards in 2012, Andrew reconfirmed his commitment to the industry by taking on the role of CEO for the AACB and associated board position with BECA.

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) is the peak Australian business events network driving economic prosperity for Australia and BECA has lead a coordinated approach engaging the Government to develop a COVID-19 Business Events Recovery and Rebound Framework.

Andrew will talk to and give some key insights into both the challenges, risks and opportunities that AACB and BECA have seen over the last 18 months and their key drivers moving into the future.

Alexi Boyd, Interim CEO Council of Small Business Australia (COSBOA)

Australia’s leading small business podcast presenter; experienced panel facilitator; event host; radio broadcaster. A skilled communicator with deep SME experience. Alexi know what makes small business tick, which has led to her newly appointed role as Interim CEO of COBOSBA.

COSBOA was created by people who believed that small business needed a voice that was not also representing big business – as a result, the Council of Small Business Australia is now the country’s peak body exclusively representing the interests of small businesses.

 COSBOA engages their members and provide opportunities for them to influence outcomes affecting their business, and their industry. They act as a conduit for information from our members to Government and other organisations, and vice versa.

As many for purpose organisations are acutely aware, they often don’t have the resources and often the expertise that is required to be alert to the myriad of legislative and regulatory change that affects them and their members on an ongoing basis. Alexi will address the efforts that are focussed on providing accurate and timely input into decisions which will affect small businesses /associations in an ongoing landscape of change.