Time to shine for GECC team

The Observer - - NEWS - MATT HAR­RIS matthew.har­ris@glad­sto­neob­server.com.au

THE Glad­stone En­ter­tain­ment Con­ven­tion Cen­tre has been draw­ing ap­plause since it opened in 2014 but it’s the work done over the past year that has cre­ated the great­est cheer.

GECC won the En­ter­tain­ment & Recre­ational Busi­ness award at Sat­ur­day’s Best In Busi­ness Awards, beat­ing out some stiff com­pe­ti­tion in the process.

The GECC came up against Dance Kix, Glad­stone Cin­ema, In­dus­trie Night­club, Lake Awoonga Boat­ing & Leisure Hire and Com­pleat An­gler for the award, but were able to pro­vide a point of dif­fer­ence com­pared to the other busi­nesses.

“One of our goals is to de­liver some­thing the com­mu­nity can’t get at other venues,” GECC venue leader Kim Roberts said.

“It’s also what we de­liver in the the­atre and the op­por­tu­ni­ties that come with that. For ex­am­ple we have Syd­ney Dance Com­pany come to town and some of our lo­cal stu­dents get to dance on stage with them - we look for pro­grams that can leave a legacy in the com­mu­nity.

“As a team we were re­ally proud to get the award to recog­nise the ef­fort we have been putting in and that we’ve had some re­ally great achieve­ments over the past 12 months.”

Ms Roberts said flex­i­bil­ity was an­other as­set GECC has to at­tract events and con­fer­ences to the re­gion.

“One of the most in­ter­est­ing (events) we did re­cently was a Fight Night for 600 peo­ple and then turned it around for Life­style Church on the Sun­day morn­ing,” she said.

“For a rel­a­tively small team of 15 full-timers we de­liver a lot.”

GECC has some im­pres­sive num­bers from the 2017/18 fi­nan­cial year, which were all pre­sented to the Best In Busi­ness judg­ing panel.

‘‘ WE’VE HAD SOME RE­ALLY GREAT ACHIEVE­MENTS OVER THE PAST 12 MONTHS KIM ROBERTS

Photo: Matt Tay­lor GLA031118BIBAWA

ON THE UP: Glad­stone En­ter­tain­ment Con­ven­tion Cen­tre venue leader Kim Roberts and Glad­stone Re­gional Coun­cil act­ing gen­eral man­ager of strat­egy and trans­for­ma­tion Carly Quinn at the 2018 Best in Busi­ness Awards.

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