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The Brisbane Club

Celebrating 20 Years of Women’s Membership

The Brisbane Club may only be 115 years young, but we are one of the longest-standing mixed gender private clubs in Australia. In December 1998 President Mr Dean Prangley hosted the Extraordinary General Meeting that saw eighty-five percent of the Membership vote to welcome women into our Club. Since then, our Club has undergone a few changes. We spoke with Mr Prangley and one of our very first female Members, Dr Cherrell Hirst, about our most significant anniversary being celebrated this month, 20 years of women’s Membership, and how the club has transformed since opening our doors and welcoming women as Members.

“At the time we realised, yes, there are a number of fine business women in town and being a business club, we had to consider it seriously,” said Mr Prangley, on why his Committee chose to have the vote. “It was obvious there were a lot of extremely competent women, it was silly not including them. We had to sneak Sallyanne Atkinson in through the back door to have lunch!”

“I could only attend the Club as a guest of the Vice-Chancellor, because I couldn’t host a lunch in the Club in my own right,” said Dr Hirst, who was Chancellor of QUT at the time.

The Club was unsure if women actually wanted to join as Members. However, the EGM was an opportunity, rather than a risk, for the Club to grow with women who felt they could gain benefit from a business professionals club, to enjoy and to network.

Remarkably, the vote was eighty-five percent in favour. The Members’ Dining Room was filled to the brim with Members showing their support, but also expressing their concerns. Some Members were worried they wouldn’t be able to use the Club as a sanctuary anymore, afraid they would no longer be able to relax and swear with women around.

“The concerns weren’t based on any real strength,” said Mr Prangley. “Even one of the most prominent objectors brought his secretary to lunch here the next day.”

“I found the Club very receptive to having women join,” said Dr Hirst. We felt very welcomed as the Committee asked the female Members for advice on how to make the Club friendlier for women.

The new women Members initiated the business centre on level 2, broadened the menu choices, and ensured better quality coffee was served. However, despite the physical changes of the Club, women joining did not affect the premise of the Club one single bit.

“Blokes could still be blokes, the ladies did their own thing, but we all mixed in and we still do,” said Mr Prangley.

The result of female membership worked out more successful than Mr Prangley’s Committee expected.

“It has been good for the Club and good for Brisbane because it gives a lot of women the opportunity to join our networks, to learn and give back to our community through mentoring, and it has made our Club more financially stronger than ever before.”

Twenty years on, we have a lot of very active women Members in our Special Interest Groups who are making a big contribution. The Club was represented by President Ms Bronwyn Morris, and currently by Dr Sally Pitkin and Ms Theresa Moltoni OAM in our present Committee. Our Women’s Network of the Club interest group is growing with popular topical lunches each month, and our range of other interest groups organised by female convenors and sub-committee members feature guest appearances of the country’s business, government academic and community female leaders.

“Women see the Club as a function that adds to their quality of life,” said Dr Hirst. “I’ve also used the Cellar room for numerous personal and company meetings since I became a member. I love the familiarity, convenience and location.”

Looking to the future, the Brisbane Club aims to stay relevant in our progressively technological work environments. We are the only Club that represents what began as a place for leaders in workplaces to meet.

“There will always be women with corporate ambition who see great value in our Club,” said Dr Hirst.

The Club will survive through our tradition of fellowship,” said Mr Prangley. “Even if the idea of business changes. This is where successful people are Members, and we can’t avoid face to face business – that will always be important; working from home, from tablets and computers, that will never take away the experience of our Club.”

The Club celebrated 20 years of women’s Membership along with 30 years in our current Clubhouse and 115 years since formation with a Cocktail Gala on Thursday 29 November 2018.

Introducing women or men whose values align with ours into Club Membership is welcome at any time. Please contact our Membership Officer, Rachel, for more information on proposing new Members.*

 

*Proposers and Seconders must be an active Club Member of two or more years.

 

Celebrating
20
Years
of
Women’s
Membership

The Brisbane Club may only be 115 years young, but we are one of the longest-standing mixed gender private clubs in Australia. In December 1998 President Mr Dean Prangley hosted the Extraordinary General Meeting that saw eighty-five percent of the Membership vote to welcome women into our Club. Since then, our Club has undergone a few changes. We spoke with Mr Prangley and one of our very first female Members, Dr Cherrell Hirst, about our most significant anniversary being celebrated this month, 20 years of women’s Membership, and how the club has transformed since opening our doors and welcoming women as Members.

“At the time we realised, yes, there are a number of fine business women in town and being a business club, we had to consider it seriously,” said Mr Prangley, on why his Committee chose to have the vote. “It was obvious there were a lot of extremely competent women, it was silly not including them. We had to sneak Sallyanne Atkinson in through the back door to have lunch!”

“I could only attend the Club as a guest of the Vice-Chancellor, because I couldn’t host a lunch in the Club in my own right,” said Dr Hirst, who was Chancellor of QUT at the time.

The Club was unsure if women actually wanted to join as Members. However, the EGM was an opportunity, rather than a risk, for the Club to grow with women who felt they could gain benefit from a business professionals club, to enjoy and to network.

Remarkably, the vote was eighty-five percent in favour. The Members’ Dining Room was filled to the brim with Members showing their support, but also expressing their concerns. Some Members were worried they wouldn’t be able to use the Club as a sanctuary anymore, afraid they would no longer be able to relax and swear with women around.

“The concerns weren’t based on any real strength,” said Mr Prangley. “Even one of the most prominent objectors brought his secretary to lunch here the next day.”

“I found the Club very receptive to having women join,” said Dr Hirst. We felt very welcomed as the Committee asked the female Members for advice on how to make the Club friendlier for women.

The new women Members initiated the business centre on level 2, broadened the menu choices, and ensured better quality coffee was served. However, despite the physical changes of the Club, women joining did not affect the premise of the Club one single bit.

“Blokes could still be blokes, the ladies did their own thing, but we all mixed in and we still do,” said Mr Prangley.

The result of female membership worked out more successful than Mr Prangley’s Committee expected.

“It has been good for the Club and good for Brisbane because it gives a lot of women the opportunity to join our networks, to learn and give back to our community through mentoring, and it has made our Club more financially stronger than ever before.”

Twenty years on, we have a lot of very active women Members in our Special Interest Groups who are making a big contribution. The Club was represented by President Ms Bronwyn Morris, and currently by Dr Sally Pitkin and Ms Theresa Moltoni OAM in our present Committee. Our Women’s Network of the Club interest group is growing with popular topical lunches each month, and our range of other interest groups organised by female convenors and sub-committee members feature guest appearances of the country’s business, government academic and community female leaders.

“Women see the Club as a function that adds to their quality of life,” said Dr Hirst. “I’ve also used the Cellar room for numerous personal and company meetings since I became a member. I love the familiarity, convenience and location.”

Looking to the future, the Brisbane Club aims to stay relevant in our progressively technological work environments. We are the only Club that represents what began as a place for leaders in workplaces to meet.

“There will always be women with corporate ambition who see great value in our Club,” said Dr Hirst.

The Club will survive through our tradition of fellowship,” said Mr Prangley. “Even if the idea of business changes. This is where successful people are Members, and we can’t avoid face to face business – that will always be important; working from home, from tablets and computers, that will never take away the experience of our Club.”

The Club celebrated 20 years of women’s Membership along with 30 years in our current Clubhouse and 115 years since formation with a Cocktail Gala on Thursday 29 November 2018.

Introducing women or men whose values align with ours into Club Membership is welcome at any time. Please contact our Membership Officer, Rachel, for more information on proposing new Members.*

 

*Proposers and Seconders must be an active Club Member of two or more years.

 
The Brisbane Club

The Brisbane Club Chefs Win Silver Medals at Nestle Golden Chef Hat Awards

Congratulations to our own Eve Sheraton and Sam Lee who were awarded three silver medals at the 2018 Nestle Golden Chef Hat Awards, Australia's longest running and most credible culinary competition for young chefs.

After winning the Regional Cook-Off, Eve and Sam earned their place at the national finals at Fine Foods Melbourne last week. The duo impressed judges throughout the Entree, Main and Dessert categories, scoring an overall 89/100 for mis en place and professional preparation, including presentation and taste.

This title is yet another accomplishment for our award-winning culinary team, who are committed to and take pride in their art. Current accolades also include the National Team of the Culinary Olympics, Oceanafest and Chaine de Rotisseurs competitions.

The
Brisbane
Club
Chefs
Win
Silver
Medals
at
Nestle
Golden
Chef
Hat
Awards

Congratulations to our own Eve Sheraton and Sam Lee who were awarded three silver medals at the 2018 Nestle Golden Chef Hat Awards, Australia's longest running and most credible culinary competition for young chefs.

After winning the Regional Cook-Off, Eve and Sam earned their place at the national finals at Fine Foods Melbourne last week. The duo impressed judges throughout the Entree, Main and Dessert categories, scoring an overall 89/100 for mis en place and professional preparation, including presentation and taste.

This title is yet another accomplishment for our award-winning culinary team, who are committed to and take pride in their art. Current accolades also include the National Team of the Culinary Olympics, Oceanafest and Chaine de Rotisseurs competitions.
The Brisbane Club

Membership at a Private Business Club Has Many Benefits



Membership at a private business club is prestigious and looks great on your LinkedIn profile. However, membership at the Brisbane Club has many more benefits and creates opportunities for its Members beyond a great place to hang out.

Networking Opportunities


Perhaps the best opportunity and the motivation behind many Members joining the Brisbane Club are the networking opportunities. Networking is a crucial part of success in the business world, interacting and engaging with like-minded people who are looking for mutually beneficial relationships, can be the key to growing a successful business. After all it’s not what you know, it’s often who you know and private business clubs are renowned for being home to the ‘movers and shakers’ of the business world.

The Brisbane Club is home to many of Brisbane and Queensland’s business elite, yet also has overseas and inter-state members, giving you the ability to vastly expand your network and create relationships with business people outside of your immediate circle. Members find the relationships they form with fellow experts and other professionals, often result in contacts that last a lifetime. Networking can accelerate and sustain your business growth and development. The relationships forged within a business club not only can last a life time, but can reap benefits in every aspect of life, not just business and careers.

The Brisbane Club provides the best environment to develop and foster these new and long term relationships.

Dining Priviledges


The Members-Only dining room is open for lunch and dinner five days a week and provides the opportunity to dine with peers in a sophisticated environment tasting world class cuisine. If you’re looking for a more secluded environment there are many lovely private dining rooms available for exclusive meetings and functions. Members receive a discounted rate when using the function spaces available and experience a top class service to go with it.

Special Interest Groups


Another benefit to membership at a private business club such as the Brisbane Club are the special interest groups. Not only do they provide members with a luxurious environment to enjoy their interests with like-minded people, they also give the opportunity for members to expand their network in a more casual environment.

Affiliations With Interstate and Overseas Clubs


Private business clubs normally have reciprocal affiliations with interstate and overseas clubs. The Brisbane Club has affiliations with many private clubs throughout Australia and the world. Many of these clubs have accommodation available, all of them have dining facilities and can offer Members a little home away from home, which can make business trips far more enjoyable.

Access to The Cellar


Another benefit unique to the Brisbane Club is the world class cellar. Open five days a week, the Members-only cellar is the perfect place to source all your wine. Not only can you purchase wine from the cellar, the cellar team can also prepare wine for any event a Member is holding, whether it’s a family dinner, a corporate event, or even a fishing trip. Cellar staff can give advice on designing home cellars, and food and wine matching. The cellar also has a beautiful dining room which is a unique place to host an event or special dinner and is admired by everyone who visits it.

There are many different benefits to having a membership at a private business club. The Brisbane Club is the best club in Queensland where members form beneficial networks whilst enjoying an oasis of comfort in todays’ hectic business world.

To learn more about membership at the Brisbane Club, please visit our Membership page.

Membership
at
a
Private
Business
Club
Has
Many
Benefits



Membership at a private business club is prestigious and looks great on your LinkedIn profile. However, membership at the Brisbane Club has many more benefits and creates opportunities for its Members beyond a great place to hang out.

Networking Opportunities


Perhaps the best opportunity and the motivation behind many Members joining the Brisbane Club are the networking opportunities. Networking is a crucial part of success in the business world, interacting and engaging with like-minded people who are looking for mutually beneficial relationships, can be the key to growing a successful business. After all it’s not what you know, it’s often who you know and private business clubs are renowned for being home to the ‘movers and shakers’ of the business world.

The Brisbane Club is home to many of Brisbane and Queensland’s business elite, yet also has overseas and inter-state members, giving you the ability to vastly expand your network and create relationships with business people outside of your immediate circle. Members find the relationships they form with fellow experts and other professionals, often result in contacts that last a lifetime. Networking can accelerate and sustain your business growth and development. The relationships forged within a business club not only can last a life time, but can reap benefits in every aspect of life, not just business and careers.

The Brisbane Club provides the best environment to develop and foster these new and long term relationships.

Dining Priviledges


The Members-Only dining room is open for lunch and dinner five days a week and provides the opportunity to dine with peers in a sophisticated environment tasting world class cuisine. If you’re looking for a more secluded environment there are many lovely private dining rooms available for exclusive meetings and functions. Members receive a discounted rate when using the function spaces available and experience a top class service to go with it.

Special Interest Groups


Another benefit to membership at a private business club such as the Brisbane Club are the special interest groups. Not only do they provide members with a luxurious environment to enjoy their interests with like-minded people, they also give the opportunity for members to expand their network in a more casual environment.

Affiliations With Interstate and Overseas Clubs


Private business clubs normally have reciprocal affiliations with interstate and overseas clubs. The Brisbane Club has affiliations with many private clubs throughout Australia and the world. Many of these clubs have accommodation available, all of them have dining facilities and can offer Members a little home away from home, which can make business trips far more enjoyable.

Access to The Cellar


Another benefit unique to the Brisbane Club is the world class cellar. Open five days a week, the Members-only cellar is the perfect place to source all your wine. Not only can you purchase wine from the cellar, the cellar team can also prepare wine for any event a Member is holding, whether it’s a family dinner, a corporate event, or even a fishing trip. Cellar staff can give advice on designing home cellars, and food and wine matching. The cellar also has a beautiful dining room which is a unique place to host an event or special dinner and is admired by everyone who visits it.

There are many different benefits to having a membership at a private business club. The Brisbane Club is the best club in Queensland where members form beneficial networks whilst enjoying an oasis of comfort in todays’ hectic business world.

To learn more about membership at the Brisbane Club, please visit our Membership page.

The Brisbane Club

Premier Business Club’s Members-Only Wine Cellar is One of the Best in the Southern Hemisphere



Hailed as one of the best in the Southern hemisphere, there’s something to tantalise every palate. The wine cellar has forged close relationships with the premier winemakers and suppliers in the industry. These close relationships give the cellar access to back dated, vintage and limited release wines. The cellar won best club wine list for three years in a row and in 2013 was inducted into the Wine List Hall of Fame.

Run by the resident wine experts, Cellar Manager Giovanni and Senior Cellar Assistant Patrick, they are on hand five days a week to answer any questions you might have and offer their expertise. The ‘personal wine concierges’ pride themselves on the distinct service they provide to Members, which extends from tailoring wines to match the menu in the dining rooms and functions, education for any Members who are interested in learning more about wine, ordering in specific wines for Members, to popping up to the dining room to help Members choose which wine will suit their dinner or their personal preferences.

Here are some other benefits to having access to one of the best wine cellars in the Southern hemisphere.

  1. Are you hosting a special dinner and want to know what wines will best suit the meal you are preparing? Giovanni and Patrick can help you pick the perfect wine to match your meal and turn the dinner into a gourmet affair.

  2. Christmas is rapidly approaching and so is the job of picking end of year presents for clients and staff. The cellar can take all the hassle out of this job. They can organise special exclusive bottles of wine and turn that end of year gift into something unique that won’t be forgotten.

  3. Another perk of the cellar is the delivery service they offer. Perhaps a Brisbane Club Member is hosting a dinner and they realise they haven’t organised any wine. The cellar can organise exactly what that Member needs and have it delivered to them. They can offer that day delivery, if the order is received by 10:00 am.

  4. The cellar is also available as a function space. Dining in the cellar is a truly singular experience, the dark mahogany walls lined with stocked shelves and the long elegant table creates a beautiful ambience that your guests will love. The privacy of the cellar makes it the perfect place for a corporate dinner or a special family dinner and the ability to browse the cellar’s extensive shelves will be an experience they won’t forget. The cellar is one of the most popular function spaces in the Brisbane Club, loved by Members and guests alike.

  5. Having one of the best wine cellars in the southern hemisphere means access to explore these wines and the ability to expand your palate. During its 113 years in operation the Brisbane Club’s cellar has had the opportunity to develop very close relationships with the best winemakers. Using these close relationships, the cellar hosts at least two different tasting events every month. These tastings showcase a particular wine label, with a winemaker from the label present to educate members on the wines and answer any questions they may have. The wines are enjoyed with a perfectly matched four or five course dinner prepared by the Brisbane Club’s excellent kitchen team.

  6. Another fabulous perk of the cellar is the deal available to Brisbane Club Members on Fridays. Every Friday Members can go down to the cellar and buy wines at takeaway prices and then take them back into the dining room so they can enjoy them with their guests. This is the perfect opportunity to sample some of the exclusive and unique wines the cellar holds and a great way to share this experience with guests.


Membership at the Brisbane Club has many advantages. Access to one of the premier wine cellars in the Southern hemisphere which has relationships with the best winemakers in the industry is perhaps the best advantage of all.

To learn more about membership at the Brisbane Club, please visit our Membership page.


 

Premier
Business
Club’s
Members-Only
Wine
Cellar
is
One
of
the
Best
in
the
Southern
Hemisphere



Hailed as one of the best in the Southern hemisphere, there’s something to tantalise every palate. The wine cellar has forged close relationships with the premier winemakers and suppliers in the industry. These close relationships give the cellar access to back dated, vintage and limited release wines. The cellar won best club wine list for three years in a row and in 2013 was inducted into the Wine List Hall of Fame.

Run by the resident wine experts, Cellar Manager Giovanni and Senior Cellar Assistant Patrick, they are on hand five days a week to answer any questions you might have and offer their expertise. The ‘personal wine concierges’ pride themselves on the distinct service they provide to Members, which extends from tailoring wines to match the menu in the dining rooms and functions, education for any Members who are interested in learning more about wine, ordering in specific wines for Members, to popping up to the dining room to help Members choose which wine will suit their dinner or their personal preferences.

Here are some other benefits to having access to one of the best wine cellars in the Southern hemisphere.

  1. Are you hosting a special dinner and want to know what wines will best suit the meal you are preparing? Giovanni and Patrick can help you pick the perfect wine to match your meal and turn the dinner into a gourmet affair.

  2. Christmas is rapidly approaching and so is the job of picking end of year presents for clients and staff. The cellar can take all the hassle out of this job. They can organise special exclusive bottles of wine and turn that end of year gift into something unique that won’t be forgotten.

  3. Another perk of the cellar is the delivery service they offer. Perhaps a Brisbane Club Member is hosting a dinner and they realise they haven’t organised any wine. The cellar can organise exactly what that Member needs and have it delivered to them. They can offer that day delivery, if the order is received by 10:00 am.

  4. The cellar is also available as a function space. Dining in the cellar is a truly singular experience, the dark mahogany walls lined with stocked shelves and the long elegant table creates a beautiful ambience that your guests will love. The privacy of the cellar makes it the perfect place for a corporate dinner or a special family dinner and the ability to browse the cellar’s extensive shelves will be an experience they won’t forget. The cellar is one of the most popular function spaces in the Brisbane Club, loved by Members and guests alike.

  5. Having one of the best wine cellars in the southern hemisphere means access to explore these wines and the ability to expand your palate. During its 113 years in operation the Brisbane Club’s cellar has had the opportunity to develop very close relationships with the best winemakers. Using these close relationships, the cellar hosts at least two different tasting events every month. These tastings showcase a particular wine label, with a winemaker from the label present to educate members on the wines and answer any questions they may have. The wines are enjoyed with a perfectly matched four or five course dinner prepared by the Brisbane Club’s excellent kitchen team.

  6. Another fabulous perk of the cellar is the deal available to Brisbane Club Members on Fridays. Every Friday Members can go down to the cellar and buy wines at takeaway prices and then take them back into the dining room so they can enjoy them with their guests. This is the perfect opportunity to sample some of the exclusive and unique wines the cellar holds and a great way to share this experience with guests.


Membership at the Brisbane Club has many advantages. Access to one of the premier wine cellars in the Southern hemisphere which has relationships with the best winemakers in the industry is perhaps the best advantage of all.

To learn more about membership at the Brisbane Club, please visit our Membership page.


 
The Brisbane Club

The Complete Guide to Ensuring Your Corporate Function Stands Out

Whether it’s a celebration lunch for your most significant clients, hosting a team building workshop for your employees, or the chance to promote a new product or service for your organisation, inviting guests to a corporate function is a great opportunity to build buzz around your business. That said, organising and holding a successful corporate event doesn’t just happen – it takes planning. To ease your event planning burden, we have created a guide to ensure you host a stand out corporate function.

Selecting The Venue


When hosting a successful corporate function, it’s important to keep in mind the type of space you require. If you’re planning on holding a corporate lunch for your clients, you will need a venue which offers a private dining experience for you and your guests. Additionally, consider the number of people you will be inviting and ensure your chosen venue can accommodate them all, and guarantee the space has the capacity to seat your guests comfortably. If you want your function to stand out to your guests, ensure you choose a unique venue,  such as the Brisbane Club. With a range of uniquely designed, elegant function rooms and the capacity to suit any number of guests, the Brisbane Club can set your Corporate Function apart.

Finding The Perfect Location


Choosing the best location for your function is an essential part of the planning process, and ensures maximum attendance of your invitees. The venue should be in a central location, near transport and parking, ensuring it’s easy for your guests to access.. The Brisbane Club provides a convenient location for your guests, and there will be no concerns about them not being able to find their way to the venue. Additionally, there is plenty of transport in and out of the city, including buses and trains for those not wanting to drive in and pay expensive parking. With it’s sleek metropolitan backdrop, The Brisbane Club in the centre of the city is the best place to hold a standout corporate function.

Catering For Your Guests


When organising your corporate function, you should always consider the catering your event requires. The food and service must be excellent. Most venues offer food and drink packages when you book, so it’s essential you consider this when choosing where to hold your function, as you could end up in the perfect space but with food and service that is not ideal for your target market. Choosing a venue such as the Brisbane Club, who are renowned for their outstanding menus, delicious food and unrivalled service, ensures that your function is of the highest quality, leaving a great impression with your guests.

Capturing The Right Atmosphere


When aiming to host a stand out corporate function, it’s imperative you cultivate the right atmosphere for your guests. The atmosphere is a tricky thing to get right, and doesn’t spontaneously happen just by putting your guests in a room together and leaving them to get on with it. A great atmosphere provides your guests with the perfect environment to relax, interact with one another and enjoy your function. Finding the optimal setting for hosting your event ensures that your corporate function is a stand out with your guests, leaving them with a long lasting impression of your company. The prestigious history of the Brisbane Club and the unique, warm, friendly environment combines to create the perfect ambience for your next memorable corporate function.

Enquire today and let us help you make sure your Corporate Function is a stand out.

The
Complete
Guide
to
Ensuring
Your
Corporate
Function
Stands
Out

Whether it’s a celebration lunch for your most significant clients, hosting a team building workshop for your employees, or the chance to promote a new product or service for your organisation, inviting guests to a corporate function is a great opportunity to build buzz around your business. That said, organising and holding a successful corporate event doesn’t just happen – it takes planning. To ease your event planning burden, we have created a guide to ensure you host a stand out corporate function.

Selecting The Venue


When hosting a successful corporate function, it’s important to keep in mind the type of space you require. If you’re planning on holding a corporate lunch for your clients, you will need a venue which offers a private dining experience for you and your guests. Additionally, consider the number of people you will be inviting and ensure your chosen venue can accommodate them all, and guarantee the space has the capacity to seat your guests comfortably. If you want your function to stand out to your guests, ensure you choose a unique venue,  such as the Brisbane Club. With a range of uniquely designed, elegant function rooms and the capacity to suit any number of guests, the Brisbane Club can set your Corporate Function apart.

Finding The Perfect Location


Choosing the best location for your function is an essential part of the planning process, and ensures maximum attendance of your invitees. The venue should be in a central location, near transport and parking, ensuring it’s easy for your guests to access.. The Brisbane Club provides a convenient location for your guests, and there will be no concerns about them not being able to find their way to the venue. Additionally, there is plenty of transport in and out of the city, including buses and trains for those not wanting to drive in and pay expensive parking. With it’s sleek metropolitan backdrop, The Brisbane Club in the centre of the city is the best place to hold a standout corporate function.

Catering For Your Guests


When organising your corporate function, you should always consider the catering your event requires. The food and service must be excellent. Most venues offer food and drink packages when you book, so it’s essential you consider this when choosing where to hold your function, as you could end up in the perfect space but with food and service that is not ideal for your target market. Choosing a venue such as the Brisbane Club, who are renowned for their outstanding menus, delicious food and unrivalled service, ensures that your function is of the highest quality, leaving a great impression with your guests.

Capturing The Right Atmosphere


When aiming to host a stand out corporate function, it’s imperative you cultivate the right atmosphere for your guests. The atmosphere is a tricky thing to get right, and doesn’t spontaneously happen just by putting your guests in a room together and leaving them to get on with it. A great atmosphere provides your guests with the perfect environment to relax, interact with one another and enjoy your function. Finding the optimal setting for hosting your event ensures that your corporate function is a stand out with your guests, leaving them with a long lasting impression of your company. The prestigious history of the Brisbane Club and the unique, warm, friendly environment combines to create the perfect ambience for your next memorable corporate function.

Enquire today and let us help you make sure your Corporate Function is a stand out.

The Brisbane Club

This week at The Brisbane Club: 22 – 26 May 2017

Last week at The Brisbane Club:


On Wednesday, the second Club Connect Networking Event of the year was a success. On Thursday, the Arts Group were joined by guest speaker, Dimitri Kopanakis - CEO of the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts, and some of the performers from the centre showcased their talents throughout the lunch.

The new Special Interest Group, Legal, had their initial group lunch with guest speaker, Chief Justice of Queensland,  The Honourable Catherine Holmes.

On Friday, the much - anticipated Duck and Pinot Dinner took place and all had a wonderful time.

This
week
at
The
Brisbane
Club:
22

26
May
2017

Last week at The Brisbane Club:


On Wednesday, the second Club Connect Networking Event of the year was a success. On Thursday, the Arts Group were joined by guest speaker, Dimitri Kopanakis - CEO of the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts, and some of the performers from the centre showcased their talents throughout the lunch.

The new Special Interest Group, Legal, had their initial group lunch with guest speaker, Chief Justice of Queensland,  The Honourable Catherine Holmes.

On Friday, the much - anticipated Duck and Pinot Dinner took place and all had a wonderful time.
The Brisbane Club

This week at The Brisbane Club: 15 – 19 May 2017

On Tuesday the Senior Cru had their group lunch for May and one of the key defenders of free speech in the 2016 war over political correctness, Tony Morris QC joined the Workplace Relations Group for lunch. Yesterday the Gourmet Enthusiasts Dinner was theme was Paris Bistro and everyone enjoyed all things French! Today is Fishing Group lunch and tonight the Club Jazz will be performing in the Member's Lounge!

This
week
at
The
Brisbane
Club:
15

19
May
2017

On Tuesday the Senior Cru had their group lunch for May and one of the key defenders of free speech in the 2016 war over political correctness, Tony Morris QC joined the Workplace Relations Group for lunch. Yesterday the Gourmet Enthusiasts Dinner was theme was Paris Bistro and everyone enjoyed all things French! Today is Fishing Group lunch and tonight the Club Jazz will be performing in the Member's Lounge!
The Brisbane Club

Member’s Review of Workplace Relations Group Lunch with guest speaker APM, Australian Building and Construction Commissioner, Nigel Hadgkiss.

Workplace Relations Group with APM Nigel Hadgkiss.

Members, Elizabeth Addis, Stephanie Lewis and Lisa Myers’s review of the event below.

What enticed you to attend this event?

Elizabeth - I have been wanting to attend the Workplace Relations Lunch for business networking purposes and due to Theresa Moltoni being the host.

Stephanie - Working for Certica, a contractor management business in Brisbane, I attend the Workplace Lunches regularly. However, the opportunity to hear from and meet with Nigel Hadgkiss APM was a real draw card. With the re-establishment of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) on 2 December 2016, I knew the subject would be topical and relevant for our business and most importantly our clients in the Building and Construction industry.

Lisa - I am a commercial dispute resolution and construction lawyer at a boutique firm, Scoglio Law. A number of our clients either work in or supply products to the construction industry and are impacted by the recent changes. The event was a great opportunity to hear directly from the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner so I can keep our clients up to date.

What was the highlight of the event in your opinion?

E - Nigel’s address gave a great insight into the role of the ABCC and how the building code will be enforced – an industry that I am not regularly exposed to. I also thought Theresa’s update on IR changes for the past month was a terrific summary for those in the audience who are not involved in the day to day IR process.

S - The highlight for me was the open Q&A at the conclusion of the presentation. Mr. Hadgkiss was transparent in his answers and provided practical advice to the audience on ways to communicate and work with the ABCC.

L- The Commissioner’s explanation of the new Building Code and the assistance the Commission is providing to enable construction industry participants to become code compliant was definitely the main highlight as it clarified quite a few of the misconceptions in the industry and will enable Scoglio Law to assist our clients in that regard.

Can you describe Nigel Hadgkiss PM, as a politician, speaker and entertainer in your own words?

S - Nigel Hadgkiss APM, provided the audience with practical and easy to understand advice. He offered a balanced view with regard to how the ABCC is working with both Unions and Employers and did not shy away from answering any audience questions. He was frank, transparent and not without a good sense of humour.

E - I appreciated that he was very direct in his comments and provided very interesting anecdotes for those in the audience who are not working within the building sector.

What were your thoughts on the issues discussed regarding legislative changes in the industry and how this will affect building industry participants?

S - It was refreshing to hear the facts in regard to the ABCC, rather than the maelstrom of propaganda being reported in the media. Of note, Mr. Hadgkiss highlighted that in no way does the ABCC attempt to diminish workers’ rights or to abolish any union movement. Rather that the ABCC exists to promote an improved workplace relations framework to ensure that building work is carried out fairly and productively for the benefit of all building industry participants, without distinction, and for the benefit of the Australian economy as a whole.

There was concern in the room with regard to the length of time taken to get Agreements approved by the ABCC, to which Mr. Hadgkiss provided practical tips to improve the approvals process. To his knowledge and to date at the event, he was not aware of any project being held up due to the approvals process.

L - There is a lot of uncertainty in the industry as to what the new Building Code means for particular construction companies. The Code applies to construction companies from the first time they submit an expression of interest and/or tender for Commonwealth-funded projects regardless of whether they’re successful. Once the Code applies then they have to remain compliant even on new privately funded projects. Our clients also often see us about security of payments disputes. The new code requires contractors to have documented dispute resolution processes to handle payment disputes with subcontractors. Contractors are also required to report delayed or disputed progress payments to the Commissioner and relevant funding entity as soon as practicable after the payment due date. These new requirements are aimed to assist subcontractors to get paid sooner and reduce the risk of insolvencies in the industry.

Did you learn anything new at the event?

E - Absolutely – a terrific beginners guide to the Building Code and the ABCC. Probably a little more information than I actually need!
S - I always do! Theresa Moltoni from IRIQ presents a 15 minute summary of Industrial Relations (IR) news at each month’s event and it’s the group’s very own version of Have you been paying attention? You were updated with the groups events for the month.

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Member’s
Review
of
Workplace
Relations
Group
Lunch
with
guest
speaker
APM,
Australian
Building
and
Construction
Commissioner,
Nigel
Hadgkiss.

Workplace Relations Group with APM Nigel Hadgkiss.

Members, Elizabeth Addis, Stephanie Lewis and Lisa Myers’s review of the event below.

What enticed you to attend this event?

Elizabeth - I have been wanting to attend the Workplace Relations Lunch for business networking purposes and due to Theresa Moltoni being the host.

Stephanie - Working for Certica, a contractor management business in Brisbane, I attend the Workplace Lunches regularly. However, the opportunity to hear from and meet with Nigel Hadgkiss APM was a real draw card. With the re-establishment of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) on 2 December 2016, I knew the subject would be topical and relevant for our business and most importantly our clients in the Building and Construction industry.

Lisa - I am a commercial dispute resolution and construction lawyer at a boutique firm, Scoglio Law. A number of our clients either work in or supply products to the construction industry and are impacted by the recent changes. The event was a great opportunity to hear directly from the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner so I can keep our clients up to date.

What was the highlight of the event in your opinion?

E - Nigel’s address gave a great insight into the role of the ABCC and how the building code will be enforced – an industry that I am not regularly exposed to. I also thought Theresa’s update on IR changes for the past month was a terrific summary for those in the audience who are not involved in the day to day IR process.

S - The highlight for me was the open Q&A at the conclusion of the presentation. Mr. Hadgkiss was transparent in his answers and provided practical advice to the audience on ways to communicate and work with the ABCC.

L- The Commissioner’s explanation of the new Building Code and the assistance the Commission is providing to enable construction industry participants to become code compliant was definitely the main highlight as it clarified quite a few of the misconceptions in the industry and will enable Scoglio Law to assist our clients in that regard.

Can you describe Nigel Hadgkiss PM, as a politician, speaker and entertainer in your own words?

S - Nigel Hadgkiss APM, provided the audience with practical and easy to understand advice. He offered a balanced view with regard to how the ABCC is working with both Unions and Employers and did not shy away from answering any audience questions. He was frank, transparent and not without a good sense of humour.

E - I appreciated that he was very direct in his comments and provided very interesting anecdotes for those in the audience who are not working within the building sector.

What were your thoughts on the issues discussed regarding legislative changes in the industry and how this will affect building industry participants?

S - It was refreshing to hear the facts in regard to the ABCC, rather than the maelstrom of propaganda being reported in the media. Of note, Mr. Hadgkiss highlighted that in no way does the ABCC attempt to diminish workers’ rights or to abolish any union movement. Rather that the ABCC exists to promote an improved workplace relations framework to ensure that building work is carried out fairly and productively for the benefit of all building industry participants, without distinction, and for the benefit of the Australian economy as a whole.

There was concern in the room with regard to the length of time taken to get Agreements approved by the ABCC, to which Mr. Hadgkiss provided practical tips to improve the approvals process. To his knowledge and to date at the event, he was not aware of any project being held up due to the approvals process.

L - There is a lot of uncertainty in the industry as to what the new Building Code means for particular construction companies. The Code applies to construction companies from the first time they submit an expression of interest and/or tender for Commonwealth-funded projects regardless of whether they’re successful. Once the Code applies then they have to remain compliant even on new privately funded projects. Our clients also often see us about security of payments disputes. The new code requires contractors to have documented dispute resolution processes to handle payment disputes with subcontractors. Contractors are also required to report delayed or disputed progress payments to the Commissioner and relevant funding entity as soon as practicable after the payment due date. These new requirements are aimed to assist subcontractors to get paid sooner and reduce the risk of insolvencies in the industry.

Did you learn anything new at the event?

E - Absolutely – a terrific beginners guide to the Building Code and the ABCC. Probably a little more information than I actually need!
S - I always do! Theresa Moltoni from IRIQ presents a 15 minute summary of Industrial Relations (IR) news at each month’s event and it’s the group’s very own version of Have you been paying attention? You were updated with the groups events for the month.

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Meet a Convenor – Theresa Moltoni OAM : Workplace Relations Group

Theresa Moltoni OAM
Convenor, Workplace Relations Group

Theresa Moltoni OAM - Convenor of the Workplace Relations Group

What are the benefits of being involved in a special interest group and in particular the Workplace Relations group at the Brisbane Club?


Special interest groups create an excellent opportunity to network with like-minded people who share similar interests. They also provide a great opportunity to learn something about a topic you love or to simply engage in one of your passions. Being a part of the Workplace Relations group, gives attendees an update each month on current issues, IR news and key decisions in this jurisdiction that provide a unique opportunity to stay informed! They also provide access to the key movers and shakers in this field with excellent speakers every month sharing their experiences and views, encouraging discussion, sharing concerns and identifying opportunities for reform.

What types of events do you hold within your group?

Our group has a monthly lunch event to discuss the important topics dominating industrial relations in Australia. Events are generally on a Wednesday and provide access to imminent people in this field. After lunch the key note speaker gives a talk on their chosen area. The forum is Chatham House rules which provides attendees with an opportunity for frank discussion.
At Christmas we have our annual Christmas Dinner and all guest speakers from the year are invited back to spend time with our attendees.

What numbers do you get coming to your events and how has the group evolved over time?

The workplace relations lunch attracts numbers of between 20 to 40 people for any one gathering. The group has evolved over time to encompass a diverse range of attendees from prominent business leaders, members of parliament, well respected practitioners, key leaders of the relevant tribunals and senior members of the bureaucracy.

What kinds of topics do you discuss regarding workplace relations and why do believe it is important to have as a special interest group?

Topics have included looking at the experiences of key businesses in IR such as Boral and Aurizon, Mike Kane and Mick Heenan, opinions from Industrial Relations Commentators such as Grace Collier and Dr Gary Johns. Heads of tribunals such as Justice Iain Ross the President of the Fair Work Commission and Kevin Cocks the head of the
Anti-Discrimination Commission of Queensland. We have also welcomed Steve Knott, Innis Willox and Wilhem Harnish as the National heads of key business groups as well as the heads of Government in the area of workplace relations at both State and Federal levels.

What do you hope to achieve within special interest groups and encouraging more people to be involved and join one?

The Workplace Relations group aims to keep people who manage people (which is most of us!) informed and well connected. It is the ideal environment to meet a diverse range of people and learn how you can manage your workplace better. Special interest groups are unique to our club and I guarantee when you find one that matches your interests you will be warmly welcomed!

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Meet
a
Convenor

Theresa
Moltoni
OAM
:
Workplace
Relations
Group

Theresa Moltoni OAM
Convenor, Workplace Relations Group

Theresa Moltoni OAM - Convenor of the Workplace Relations Group

What are the benefits of being involved in a special interest group and in particular the Workplace Relations group at the Brisbane Club?


Special interest groups create an excellent opportunity to network with like-minded people who share similar interests. They also provide a great opportunity to learn something about a topic you love or to simply engage in one of your passions. Being a part of the Workplace Relations group, gives attendees an update each month on current issues, IR news and key decisions in this jurisdiction that provide a unique opportunity to stay informed! They also provide access to the key movers and shakers in this field with excellent speakers every month sharing their experiences and views, encouraging discussion, sharing concerns and identifying opportunities for reform.

What types of events do you hold within your group?

Our group has a monthly lunch event to discuss the important topics dominating industrial relations in Australia. Events are generally on a Wednesday and provide access to imminent people in this field. After lunch the key note speaker gives a talk on their chosen area. The forum is Chatham House rules which provides attendees with an opportunity for frank discussion.
At Christmas we have our annual Christmas Dinner and all guest speakers from the year are invited back to spend time with our attendees.

What numbers do you get coming to your events and how has the group evolved over time?

The workplace relations lunch attracts numbers of between 20 to 40 people for any one gathering. The group has evolved over time to encompass a diverse range of attendees from prominent business leaders, members of parliament, well respected practitioners, key leaders of the relevant tribunals and senior members of the bureaucracy.

What kinds of topics do you discuss regarding workplace relations and why do believe it is important to have as a special interest group?

Topics have included looking at the experiences of key businesses in IR such as Boral and Aurizon, Mike Kane and Mick Heenan, opinions from Industrial Relations Commentators such as Grace Collier and Dr Gary Johns. Heads of tribunals such as Justice Iain Ross the President of the Fair Work Commission and Kevin Cocks the head of the
Anti-Discrimination Commission of Queensland. We have also welcomed Steve Knott, Innis Willox and Wilhem Harnish as the National heads of key business groups as well as the heads of Government in the area of workplace relations at both State and Federal levels.

What do you hope to achieve within special interest groups and encouraging more people to be involved and join one?

The Workplace Relations group aims to keep people who manage people (which is most of us!) informed and well connected. It is the ideal environment to meet a diverse range of people and learn how you can manage your workplace better. Special interest groups are unique to our club and I guarantee when you find one that matches your interests you will be warmly welcomed!

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Meet a Member – Paul Dunn

Paul Dunn
Director - Connections and Engagement
Exclaim IT & Exclaim Executive

Paul Dunn - Brisbane Club Member

What does your business do?

For 10 years, Exclaim IT has built high level business relationships across Australia and through these relationships we identified an opportunity to bring an Executive offering to the marketplace. Exclaim Executive focuses on the strategic and executive level personnel requirements of the businesses we partner with whilst Exclaim IT continues to focus on IT & operational level personnel requirements.

What does your position entail?

My role within both organisations is to create B2B partnerships with the businesses we engage. This involves assisting Business Leaders to attract, recruit and retain the strategic and operational staff that will allow their business to achieve the results they are after.

Do you bring guests to the club?

I regularly bring guests to The Brisbane Club because my role involves meeting with many Business Leaders and Executives from all over Australia. In fact, the guests often comment on the club and the environment there.

As a returning member, what do you enjoy most about the club?

I really enjoy bringing clients and candidates to the club because it’s a relaxed environment that’s great for networking.

What are your passions outside of work?
Spending as much time with my wife & 2 daughters as I possibly can. I am also passionate about running and regularly enter marathons both here in Australia & internationally. Without doubt, good food would have to make the list too!

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Meet
a
Member

Paul
Dunn

Paul Dunn
Director - Connections and Engagement
Exclaim IT & Exclaim Executive

Paul Dunn - Brisbane Club Member

What does your business do?

For 10 years, Exclaim IT has built high level business relationships across Australia and through these relationships we identified an opportunity to bring an Executive offering to the marketplace. Exclaim Executive focuses on the strategic and executive level personnel requirements of the businesses we partner with whilst Exclaim IT continues to focus on IT & operational level personnel requirements.

What does your position entail?

My role within both organisations is to create B2B partnerships with the businesses we engage. This involves assisting Business Leaders to attract, recruit and retain the strategic and operational staff that will allow their business to achieve the results they are after.

Do you bring guests to the club?

I regularly bring guests to The Brisbane Club because my role involves meeting with many Business Leaders and Executives from all over Australia. In fact, the guests often comment on the club and the environment there.

As a returning member, what do you enjoy most about the club?

I really enjoy bringing clients and candidates to the club because it’s a relaxed environment that’s great for networking.

What are your passions outside of work?
Spending as much time with my wife & 2 daughters as I possibly can. I am also passionate about running and regularly enter marathons both here in Australia & internationally. Without doubt, good food would have to make the list too!

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