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Mildura

Introducing Mildura

What would make the perfect venue for your next conference? Would a mild, sunny climate tick a box? What about fabulous fresh food and boutique wines? Wide-open spaces? A vibrant city? Rivers or outback dunes?

Choose Mildura and that’s the only choice you will have to make because in Mildura, we have it all and so much more. From cosmopolitan accommodation, restaurants and bars, to outback touring and sports, you can get it all in one sun drenched corner of
Victoria.

Boasting a large airport that caters for daily flights between Mildura, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Broken Hill, serviced by three major airlines and with national highways meeting in Mildura, the town may be regional but it’s certainly not remote.

Explore Mildura and discover everything it has to offer and you won’t be asking where to have your next conference, you will be asking ‘When?”

Why Mildura

Destination Mildura. Taste it, breathe it, experience it. Speed it up. Slow it down. Live it. Give your business event a little Murray magic.

With its fine, mild weather, cosmopolitan flavour, unique local food, world class wines, stunning restaurants, vibrant arts culture and busy calendar of events, Mildura is a wonderful destination to host a conference, convention, exhibition, seminar, symposium, workshop, forum or meeting.

Mildura possesses extensive accommodation options and excellent transport links and services. It is the contrast between outback solitude and the celebrations of a vibrant culture that is sure to impress during your next conference, seminar or business event.


Mildura boasts:
• Victoria’s largest and busiest regional airport
• 3 commercial airlines
- Qantas Airlines
- Rex Airlines
- Virgin Blue
• 5 Rental car companies
• over 6000 beds available in the region
• 7 golf courses
• 27 wineries
• regional population of almost 60,000

Major industries in the region include:
• agriculture
• retail
• manufacturing
• health
• tourism

Business Events:
Mildura has a variety of venues from which to choose. Since hosting 1,400 delegates at the 2010 Lion’s Multiple District National Convention our hosting capacity has been extended to hosting more than 4000 Ulysses members for their AGM event in
2012.

Details within this guide include venues such as:
- Church
- Hospital
- Golf course
- Paddleboat
- Houseboats
- Botanic garden surrounds
- Woolshed
- Tennis club
- Heritage Hotel & Motels
- Specific conference / business event venues

Mildura At A Glance

No matter what your group is looking for, they’re going to find it in Mildura. From World Heritage listed Mungo National Park and the great Murray River, to the arts and sport, Mildura can be action packed or laid back and relaxed. Make it what your group wants it to be.

You could all cruise the river in an iconic paddleboat or see the Mallee from above in a hot air balloon or even from a tiger moth plane. Being a river town, there’s water sports a plenty, from wake boarding to kayaking and for those who like their machines to have wheels, there’s motor sports to rev your engines.

When your group’s ready to dine you’ll discover you’re in the perfect place for that too. Mildura is all about savouring the true flavours of Australia and with an abundance of fresh produce on the doorstep, it’s no surprise that Mildura is home to some of Australia’s leading regional restaurants and food and wine festivals. Explore ‘Feast Street’, spoil yourselves at Stefano’s, visit farm gates and cellar doors and your group will never want to leave.

With more sunshine than the Sunshine Coast, Mildura boasts an enviable outdoor lifestyle. Everything is built around the mild, Mediterranean-like climate. Even the vibrant artistic community makes the most of the sun. Mildura hosts a number of outdoor events from concerts and plays to exhibitions, with the stunning Rio Vista and Mildura Arts Centre forming the town’s cultural hub. The Arts Precinct has recently been masterfully rejuvenated into both a venue and
attraction, just as its town has been.

Experience Mildura, experience its flavours, arts, humour and history. Experience nature, feel the sun, cruise or chase an adrenalin rush. Discover Mildura and see why it forever calls people back.

Award Winning Dining

Mildura is the mecca for innovative regional dining with a number of our leading restaurants winning national awards and accolades. The new Spanish Bar and Grill has again added to its awards by winning the coveted Restaurant and Catering award for ‘Specialty Restaurant’ 2012.

The Rendezvous, in the heart of Feast Street, is Victoria’s oldest licensed restaurant. With spacious rooms perfect for functions and corporate events, this three times winner of the Trip Advisor Award for Excellence is the ideal place for your group to taste a slice of Sunraysia.

Renowned local chef, Stefano De Pieri continues to win awards and recognition for his boutique Stefano’s Restaurant, also located in Feast Street, in the old cellars of The Grand
Hotel.

Stefano’s is an intimate dining experience, catering for a maximum of 55 guests, in beautiful surrounds. Diners are treated to a divine Italian style, five-course banquet and for those looking for a real treat, Stefano will also match wines to each course. If ever there were a meal that defines experiencing, not merely eating, this would have to be it.

Testimonial - Ulysses Motocycle Club

I offer the Ulysses Club Inc. National Committees endorsement to having Mildura host your AGM/meeting or conference in the region.
From our perspective, the event was an outstanding success, with many of our 4,000 registered members proclaiming it was the best AGM Event they had been to. The local AGM Event Committee, working very closely with Mildura Council’s Business Event Facilitator and the local community worked tirelessly to make this a remarkable event that members will fondly remember for years to come.
The first step in this AGM Event journey was the local bid committee’s monumental effort to promote Mildura as a perfect destination for our members to visit. The first of these meetings had a Council officer provide the Agenda and Meeting Notes back in January 2007.

For the next three years the AGM Event team worked closely with the Council's Business Facilitator, the local Business Community and the media to plan and promote the best way to showcase all the region has to offer. It was all about the people and communication.
Two very successful promotional stands were set up at the preceding events in Albany and Newcastle, manned by Mildura Council staff in cooperation with the Ulysses Bid Team. Members were able to book their accommodation and ask questions about the area, and receive confirmation and answers on the spot.
Local residents were kept informed with updates in the local media, so when our members arrived, they were given a traditional country welcome, something that can be missing when we visit the larger cities. Local businesses were also briefed on the best way to take advantage of the large influx of visitors, with many having window displays welcoming members to town. Many also offered special “Ulysses Discounts” that was very popular with our members.
Council were exemplary, arranging 250 motorcycle parking zone in the centre of the shopping precinct. They also erected welcome signs on all major access roads into the city, something that definitely made our members feel welcome. Neighbouring towns up to 200 kms away also erected welcome signs. The council also played a major part in arranging “The Celebration of Stephen Dearnley’s Life”, a memorial service to honour the Ulysses Club’s founding member.
They facilitated with precision the use their “Nowingi Sound Shell” for the service, and even arranged the mowing and mosquito fogging of the park on the of the service and arrangements for traffic management with 4,000 potential attendees.
The local AGM Event team also did an outstanding job, of which you had an integral member, Council’s Business Event Facilitator, Julie Jewell as part of that team from the beginning, some 5 years in the planning. Council produced professional maps and flyers to keep members, businesses and the local community informed of all developments, parade routes and road closures to ensure there were no missed opportunities and a minimal of disruption to everyone.
The Council team worked in partnership with the police and Bid Committee to produce a Traffic Management Plan for our Grand Parade, that wound through the city streets and concluded on the banks of the Murray River. For many the parade was the highlight.
As a result of regular media updates, the parade route was lined with a huge crowd of well wishers, from babies in prams, to people on mobility scooters. The friendly atmosphere made everyone feel welcome, a theme that was evident throughout the whole event.
The organised tours were another resounding success, with most being at capacity each day visiting all sections of the region, from Millewa Pioneer Park, Wentworth, Red Cliffs, Merbein, Trentham even to Renmark.
Due to Mildura’s unique location, the tours went into three states on one day, something that was a great talking point amongst our members. The Motorcycle Manufacturers ran test rides through the week, and all reported a lot of interest in their new models.
There were also a myriad of local and interstate traders, selling a great assortment of goods. There were a craft trader’s day and a farmer’s market day, very popular with members. The on-site supermarket, food court and internet café, all using local businesses, were very well planned and well supported by our members.
For the first time at our AGM Event, a Community Radio Station set up on site, an initiative from Council staff. This gave the local community an insight into our life at the AGM. Our members often leave unwanted articles behind at these events, and the arranged St Vincent’s Recycle Bins and a trailer for the local Scout Club ~ a great idea, and I’m sure they appreciated the donations of tents, chairs, jackets and a large number of miscellaneous items.
Finally I would like to say a big thankyou to everyone that contributed to the event, the local AGM Event team, the Local Council were outstanding , the local businesses and last, but definitely not least, the local people of Mildura.
You all made our members feel at home and very welcome. We look forward to visiting your beautiful city again one day.

Chris Glover
National AGM Event Coordinator
Ulysses Club Inc.

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The Mildura Conferencing & Business Event Planners Guide is an initiative of the Mildura Rural City Council.

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