Social Programme


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Tuesday 7 February 2012

First Timers’ Morning Tea

The VALA Committee extends a special welcome to all our first time delegates, so please join us on the Sage Red Carpet for the VALA2012 First Timers’ Morning Tea. This event provides a friendly and informal opportunity to meet the VALA Committee and each other. It also gives you the opportunity to obtain more information to assist you in getting the most out of the VALA2012 Conference. By attending this first time delegate morning tea you will also be in the running for a great door prize.

Date and time:Tuesday 7 February 1015 – 1050
Location:Sage Red Carpet Area at the rear of the Exhibition Area
Entry:Entry is by wearing a green lanyard


Welcome Reception

Relax and enjoy the company of colleagues and friends at the Welcome Reception to be held in the Exhibition Area. This is a great opportunity to renew friendships whilst browsing through the many exhibits on display.

Date and time:Tuesday 7 February 1730 – 1900
Location:Exhibition Area
Entry:Tickets are included in the full delegate registration fees. Additional tickets can be purchased at the Registration and Information Desk until 1630 on Tuesday 7 February. Cost: $66.00 per person including GST.


Wednesday 8 February 2012

Conference Dinner

Following the outstanding success of the last two VALA Conference Dinners, the VALA2012 Conference Dinner will return to the historic Plaza Ballroom at the Regent Theatre.

Located in the heart of Melbourne, on Collins Street, the heritage-listed ballroom is an imaginative combination of Spanish Baroque and Medieval styles. This spectacular and extravagant interior space evokes the romanticism and glamour of night-life during the 1920s and 30s.

VALA’s most prestigious information and technology award, the Robert D. Williamson Award, will be presented during the evening. Following dinner, a live band will perform your dance favourites on centre stage.

Book your tickets now for the VALA2012 Conference Dinner, before it sells out. It will be an evening to remember!

Date and time:Wednesday 8 February 1900 – 2300
Location:Plaza Ballroom, Regent Theatre, 191 Collins Street, Melbourne
Cost:$132.00 per person including GST. Tickets must have been pre-purchased as part of the registration process

Travel to Dinner Venue

Conference Dinner guests are required to make their own way to the Plaza Ballroom. Tram 109 departs from the Clarendon Street entrance to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, before turning right into Collins Street. Best time to catch the tram for dinner: between 1820 and 1840. Guests should disembark the tram at the corner of Swanston and Collins Streets, stop number 6, Melbourne Town Hall. The Plaza Ballroom is on the right-hand side of Collins Street as you walk uphill.


Thursday 9 February 2012

f2f – Connections with Social Networkers

Online Social Networking activities are important to VALA. Delegates who blog and tweet not only help document the VALA2012 debates and discourse, they enrich the experience for all involved. To thank and recognise this contribution, the Conference Committee invites all VALA2012 Bloggers and Tweeters to join us on the Sage Red Carpet for the VALA Social Networkers Morning Tea. Meet your fellow networkers face-to-face, and be there to see who wins the best Blog and best Tweet of the Conference. All VALA2012 Bloggers and Tweeters can nominate and vote online for their best Conference blog post and tweet.

Date and time:Thursday 9 February 0955 – 1030
Location:Sage Red Carpet Area at the rear of the Exhibition Area


Robert D. Williamson Award afternoon tea

In recognition of the prestige of the Robert D. Wiliamson Award, VALA has commissioned a medallion, to be presented to past, present and future recipients of the Award. You are invited to help honour past and present recipients as they are presented with their medallions.

Date and time:Thursday 9 February 1525 – 1555
Location:Sage Red Carpet Area at the rear of the Exhibition Area


Farewell Refreshments

You are invited to complimentary Farewell Refreshments at the conclusion of the Conference.

Date and time:Thursday 9 February 1710 – 1830
Location:Melbourne Convention Centre Foyer overlooking Polly Woodside
Entry:Free for delegates, please wear your name badge for entry