Who knew the training industry could be so glamorous? Last weekend’s TNQ Queensland Training Awards has cemented the event’s reputation as not only one of the biggest social occasions on the regional calendar, but also one of the most stylish. The multi-million-dollar Australian Armour and Artillery Museum seemed a surprising choice of venue at first, until I saw the vision it inspired. Reminiscent of a 1940s Hollywood film, the lively scene I stepped into saw a Dance Academy trio sashay their way out from behind a monstrous army tank and shimmy in a sea of sequins and tassels across to the centre stage for the opening act. In contrast to the vintage armoured vehicles and artillery that surrounded us, we enjoyed fine dining complete with glitzy gold table settings. Two Sisters Events and Styling’s Chrystal Neeve was all smiles right through to the evening’s end, and said a huge amount of planning goes into the running of such high-calibre corporate events. The TNQ QTA is all about recognising regional training organisations, educators and trainees for their achievements throughout the year with winner’s heading to the state finals in Brisbane. Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year nominee Taylor Antoniou said it was important for the regional awards to be held in Cairns; “It puts us on the map, it’s great how we are being acknowledged locally.”
Dirt, dust, wranglers and boots – I love a good rodeo, so I can vouch that the Mareeba Rodeo brings it all and this year’s record attendance is testament to that. I got a bit of a taste of life on the wild side watching Australia’s best cowboys and cowgirls battle it out for the state titles. Congratulations to New South Wales for winning the interstate challenge – I guess we can’t win it all.