As President of Legacy Brisbane, it is my great pleasure to welcome delegates, observers and partners to Brisbane and the 78th National Conference of Legacy Clubs of Australia.
National conferences have a special place in the life and governance of Legacy. They are in many ways the parliament of our great movement; an opportunity for us to be heard, to think and to learn, to challenge and be challenged by the many viewpoints expressed by all our Legacy clubs from across the nation. Above all, these conferences are a time to review and re-focus on the needs of the widows, children and families we care so much about. What a remarkable privilege and responsibility we all share in ensuring this 78th National Conference will sustain and guide us until 2015.
The conference secretariat will utilise technology to distribute as much content as possible before and during the conference to all clubs and legatees, no matter where they are on the planet. Sessions will be podcast, speaker notes and presentation materials will be provided, and tweets will be made each 15 minutes from conference venues and activities. All of this will be provided through this website in as close as possible to real-time. These innovations are aimed at breaking down the barrier between the happenings at conference and all legatees at home. Events at the 78th National Conference are important to us all, therefore all legatees will have the same access to information as the delegates and observers we send to Brisbane.
On the social side, let me say that Brisbane is a diverse and wonderful city - a green city with a climate that I trust will be enjoyable during your visit. For those who have visited before, the city and the region continue to grow. Barely a season passes without a significant change to the city skyline or another tunnel open for traffic. Nevertheless, Brisbane has retained many small quirks, from having its very own style of building (the ‘Queenslander’) to creating a swimming beach right in the middle of our CBD. I hope you and partners take this opportunity to explore the city and South East Queensland while you are our guests. Our accompanying partners' program is a good place to start.
So, on with the business of preparing for our national conference. I promise a warm welcome, a future-focussed agenda and a comfortable venue if you are joining us in Brisbane, and a thorough and timely flow of information for those who are unable to be with us in person.