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PLANNERS SEE THE LIGHT
ow in its fifth year, Alice
Stampede is a joint initiative of
the Alice Springs Convention
Centre and the Northern Territory
Convention Bureau (NTCB), and includes a
wide range of Alice Springs suppliers.
The participating planners represented the
broader business events marketplace,
coming from the association, corporate, retail
and academic sectors, as well as
professional conference and incentive travel
Jodie Parker from Iceberg Events was
impressed by the depth of potential
conference content that she encountered on
her first visit to Alice Springs.
“Being able to link local content to the
conference program is so important when
trying to sell the destination to delegates,”
“There are so many people and situations
in Alice Springs that can help enrich the
program. It provides an opportunity to
connect with passionate people doing
amazing things in Alice Springs.”
She added that she felt conference
delegates could really learn from Alice
Springs, its people and the interesting local
projects being undertaken in the region.
This was highlighted at a ‘pop-up’ picnic
dinner held at the Rocky Hill Grape Farm,
which is situated on one of Central Australia’s largest mixed agribusiness cattle stations. Official
Mate-of-the-NT Ambassador and television personality, Lisa Wilkinson, provided a special guest
appearance at the dinner. She talked about her close association with the NT, conveying her
own heartfelt endorsement of the destination for business events. The evening was topped off
by star gazing at the nearby eco-tourism attraction, Earth Sanctuary.
Earlier in the famil program, another entertaining dinner had been held at The Old Quarry, its
spectacular rocky outcrops providing the perfect arena for an action-packed event. Being fitted
with their own Akubra hats, watching damper making, whip cracking, boomerang throwing and
enjoying a didgeridoo performance theatrically staged high up on the escarpment, left the
visiting planners in no doubt that Central Australia provides a taste of the real Australia.
The group also experienced the inaugural staging of Parrtjima – a Festival in Light which was
held in Alice Springs over a 10 day period from September 23 to October 2. They viewed the
2.5 kilometre display of colourful Indigenous imagery from the vantage point of Alice Springs
Desert Park, where the Alice Stampede finale dinner was held in the unique setting of the park’s
Cultural exchange experiences during Alice Stampede included a special Welcome to
Country and Smoking Ceremony provided by traditional owner Rosalie (Kumalie) Riley, an
Arrernte Elder from Alice Springs. An interactive basket weaving workshop with Tjanpi Desert
Weavers was also held on the lawns of Lasseters.
Kungkas Can Cook, an Alice Springs-based catering company which specialises in bush
foods, partnered with Red Centre Culture and Cuisine to deliver a luncheon incorporating the
unique cuisine of Central Australia. At the business sessions held at the Alice Springs
Convention Centre, famil participants were given another invaluable cultural perspective from
Sarah Brown, CEO of the renowned Alice Springs dialysis specialist clinic, social enterprise and
community centre which is known locally as The Purple House.
For Jodie Parker, the Indigenous cultural connections were very important.
“We had the
opportunity to meet aboriginal people and really got more of an insight into their way of life.
Learning about their culture really was a highlight,” she said.
“I had no idea of the complexities of Aboriginal culture - for example, the multitude of
languages they speak. Being in Alice Springs is almost like being in another country - you just
don’t get exposed to this in big cities.” m
A group of 18 business event planners ‘saw the light’ when they headed
to Alice Springs in late September to participate in the annual Alice
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