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Trevor Connell

Trevor came to the events industry in the early eighties from a background in theatre and photography. He has experience as an Event Manager, Technical Director and Lighting Designer and has worked on events as diverse as corporate functions and the Sydney Royal Easter Show and the Sydney Olympics Closing Night Harbour Spectacular.

Trevor was a founding member of the Australian chapter of the International Special Events Society (ISES) and served on the chapter executive for six years.

I grew up in a country town of around 8,000 people; there was a small airport near the town. In 2001 …

September 21, 2021

Here is a summary of the Victorian Roadmap as it affects events and entertainment Hospitality Phase A: Hospitality businesses can offer …

September 20, 2021

A story of the pandemic roadmaps – with apologies to Charles Dickens Chapter I – The Period It was the best …

September 20, 2021

Today marks 12 weeks that Sydney has been in lockdown – 3 bloody months – now we know how Victorians feel. …

September 17, 2021

Now you might remember that the federal treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, said it would be up to businesses to decide if they let unvaccinated …

September 15, 2021

The NSW Roadmap to Freedom for the fully vaccinated has a serious discrepancy regarding weddings and funerals To quote relevant sections …

September 13, 2021

The NSW Roadmap to Freedom was finally released this week and when you come down to it, despite the cries of …

September 10, 2021

There has been a lot of reaction to the release of the NSW “Roadmap to Freedom” so here are some links …

September 10, 2021

I’m sure that most people involved in events in Sydney watched the premier’s presser this morning. Here is the gist of …

September 9, 2021

It has been another hell of a week with COVID cases spiralling in NSW and Victoria and a big push from …

September 3, 2021

The PM and Premiers are promising things will be very different when we reach 70% and 80% fully vaccinated. But how …

September 3, 2021

Following the Victorian Premier’s presser yesterday the Victorian Chamber Chief Executive, Paul Guerra wrote to his members. Some of his comments …

September 2, 2021

This week started off with the promise that we would get a better idea of what will happen when NSW and …

September 1, 2021

Event Producers and suppliers work across business events, public events, private events, festivals and entertainment. They can be broadly split into …

August 27, 2021

For those of us living in NSW or Victoria some light relief was certainly needed and last night we could sit …

August 25, 2021

I’ve been following Ian Whitworth’s blog “Motivation for Sceptics” since he started it as “Kill all MBAs”, but long before that …

August 24, 2021

So we can put our own situation into perspective here is a quick roundup of COVID news around the world thanks …

August 23, 2021

What a week – COVID is now rampant throughout NSW, ACT and Victoria and we are still getting mixed messages from …

August 20, 2021

Over the past few days I’ve been talking to a number of people in the industry about their planning for the …

August 16, 2021

Last year the Australian Government put out a 3 STEP FRAMEWORK FOR A COVIDSAFE AUSTRALIA. This framework spelt out how each …

August 13, 2021

University of Melbourne epidemiologist Antony Blakely has told the state parliament inquiry into the NSW government’s response to the pandemic that …

August 10, 2021

The Tokyo Olympics showed large sporting events could safely be held in a pandemic and challenged policy makers to show why …

August 9, 2021

The Tokyo Olympics closing ceremony was even more downbeat then the opening.  Which was disappointing because they actually had plenty to …

August 9, 2021

This week’s slew of information regarding lockdowns, vaccinations and much more took a bit of deciphering – so here is a …

August 6, 2021

Venues NSW* is seeking government approval to require patrons to prove they have been vaccinated in order to attend events at …

August 4, 2021

Ever since the cancellation of Bluesfest in March the calls for COVID cancellation insurance for events has ramped up. The live …

August 4, 2021

OK I’m going to try to unpick the federal government’s National Plan to transition Australia’s National COVID-19 Response We keep hearing …

August 4, 2021

Dull and boring are a couple of descriptors I’ve heard, however I want to go a little deeper. If I had …

July 30, 2021

I’ve previously blogged about events in Sydney not recommencing until after Christmas. Unfortunately today’s developments reinforce that view. First, yesterday’s statement …

July 29, 2021

Until lockdowns “become a thing of the past” the event industry cannot plan ahead without the government providing cancellation insurance. PM …

July 28, 2021

As expected the lockdown in Sydney is to be extended for another four weeks. I figured that now is a good …

July 28, 2021

I’ve listened to and read a lot of commentary and concerns from within the event industry over the past year or …

July 26, 2021

The experiments are both on humans. Experiment #1 commenced on Monday – Boris Johnson’s so called Freedom Day. ASE checked what …

July 22, 2021

Entertainer James Bustar has compiled a heart rending video in which members of the arts community tell of the devastation of the pandemic on …

July 21, 2021

The construction industry is up in arms because they have finally been shut down. Welcome to lockdown boys and be thankful …

July 20, 2021

Part two of the interview with Roslyn Mcleod looks a the Olympics and the 21st century

July 20, 2021

Over the past few weeks I’ve been observing the tradies working on building sites as I go for my morning walk. …

July 19, 2021

Hi Melbourne – we really didn’t want to stuff it up for you again, and we feel for you. And just …

July 16, 2021

On ABC RN this morning medical epidemiologist Mike Toole was talking about the modelling done by the Burnett Institute on the …

July 14, 2021

Currently our political leaders are all telling us that they are “listening to the medical advice” before making decisions on lockdowns.  …

July 13, 2021

Once again this morning has seen wall to wall media conferences by state premiers and the federal treasurer. The big news …

July 7, 2021

How nice that Our Beloved Leader has released a National Plan to transition Australia’s National COVID-19 Response. Which looks like this …

July 5, 2021

Currently over half of Australia’s population is under lockdown restrictions of some sort. It appears that the only safe place to …

June 30, 2021

In the second half of the Peter Jones interview we discuss some of the great events he has delivered – and …

June 29, 2021

First held in 1823, the Sydney Royal Easter Show (SRES) is Australia’s largest annual ticketed event, attracting over 828,000 attendees on …

June 28, 2021

At the recent National Events Alliance Meetup at Sydney Showground Gayle Dickerson shared insights into how business sees events coming back. …

June 21, 2021

This week the Victorian Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Martin Pakula, announced new grants for event organisers saying,  “Event organisers have …

June 17, 2021

Media release from Victorian Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Martin Pakula   Event organisers, hosts, suppliers, producers and cinema businesses will …

June 15, 2021

As Victorians enter week two of lockdown 4.0 I became aware of massive failure and a missed opportunity. The failure We …

June 4, 2021

The organisers of the Australian Event Awards are providing an opportunity for a State, Territory, venue, government bodies or partnerships thereof …

June 3, 2021

Trina Butler is Senior Director, Global Accounts at HelmsBriscoe Trina works with clients in Legal, Medical, Corporate, High Tech, Government and …

June 2, 2021

The Acting Premier of Victoria James Merlino has just announced a seven day ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown of Victoria. The lockdown covers “Hotels, …

May 27, 2021

In March and April 2021, the Australian Event Awards Team reached out to the industry across the country for input about …

May 11, 2021

This week I’m back to reviewing the COVID situation – How it affects us personally and how it is affecting events. …

May 7, 2021

Music industry charity Support Act is encouraging anyone working professionally in music across the arts and who is in financial difficulty …

May 4, 2021

There is no question one of the biggest unspoken impacts of the pandemic was on health and mental well-being. Expertise Events …

April 6, 2021

It’s not just COVID.  The industry is tearing itself apart as well. In scenes reminiscent of the shutdown of the 2020 …

April 1, 2021

Report to members by Chris Porter, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Tourism Industry Council As Victorians prepare to embark …

April 1, 2021

I bet most people in our industry can remember exactly where we were on Friday 13th March when the PM announced …

March 13, 2021

The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) ​acknowledges the announcement from the Federal Government yesterday in relation to the changes to the Business …

March 13, 2021

I took a break since Christmas and like many in our industry I had to reassess what my businesses are doing. …

March 8, 2021

I started ASE in early 2000. It was a year of optimism for the event industry. We had survived the Y2K …

February 23, 2021

Robyn Johnson’s announcement that she is leaving MEA got me to thinking about the number of industry associations most of us …

October 15, 2020

It is important for the business events industry to show the way when it comes to creating association conferences.  MEA had …

July 17, 2020

Security firms are in the spotlight again after being blamed for the latest COVID outbreak in Victoria. This should come as …

July 14, 2020

On the weekend I visited a few venues in Sydney.   First up, the MCA, where a steady flow of people …

July 1, 2020

It is important for the event industry to be at the forefront of event design, technology and presentation. It is also …

June 3, 2020

So far the federal government has only published a Three Step Framework for Recovery Now the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry …

June 3, 2020

Alan Joyce is proposing that Qantas can resume services with full aircraft.   Let’s extrapolate that option to the event industry. Joyce …

May 20, 2020
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