CMPA Annual Dinner – Marysville

By on October 16, 2019

The 2019 CMPA Annual Dinner was held at The VIBE Hotel, Marysville. CMPA Member Services Manager, Gavin Moreira, reviews our special night.

The 20th Anniversary of the CMPA was celebrated in the regional town of Marysville. As CMPA Members descended and took over the town for the weekend the sun came out and provided a fantastic backdrop for the event. A town devasted by bushfires ten years earlier has been re-born and, in some ways, re-built off the back of a large number of quarries and suppliers present on the night.

A small outdoor trade display was held from 5pm with two trucks from CMV Truck & Bus on display a UD tipper and a Lima South Quarry Mack Superliner, L518 Wheel Loader from Liebherr Australia and service trucks and utes from Onetrak and Terex Jaques. Those attending were able to get a closeup look at the machines.

The CMPA Annual General Meeting also commenced at 5pm. CMPA Chairperson Mr Garry Cranny opened the meeting and addressed the assembly with highlights from the preceding twelve months. Motions were passed for acceptance of all the reports including the Financial Report and there were two vacancies (for Voting Members on the 2019/20 Management Committee for a three-year period. All attendees and proxies were in favour of re-electing Andrew Burdett (Burdett Sands) and Ant Bateup (Mansfield Crushing) as Committee Members. A special motion was also accepted for the CMPA to donate $2000 to the Marysville CFA, to support Black Saturday recovery, out of attendance income from the Annual Dinner.

Pre-dinner drinks and delicious canapes were served in the Cuzens foyer as guests started to trickle in and collect their lanyards and look at their seating arrangements.

The room was soon abuzz with guests mingling and enjoying some networking. Ben Murphy Magic kept everyone occupied with his intriguing tricks which continued into the dinner room as he moved around the tables. There were indoor displays as well by Associates from Avweld, CJD Equipment, Finlease (Aust) Pty Ltd, Finlay Screening & Crushing Systems, Onetrak, Lincom Group, Orica, Tutt Bryant Equipment and Weir Minerals

Our special guest for the evening was The Honourable Jaclyn Symes MP, Minister for Resources who spoke with Members in the pre-dinner area and throughout the dinner.

The doors opened to the spectacular Steavenson Ballroom, which was filled with colour as guests found their way to their tables where they discovered gifts from our platinum sponsors. Each guest received a packet of chocolate rocks from Crushing Equipment. One lucky guest per table also collected a die cast model which was provided by Onetrak and chosen at random by a hidden red dot. Each place setting received a copy of the new CMPA brochure “Quarries Build Communities”, whilst the centrepieces were filled with packets of CMPA 20 year lollies.

Once again I was MC for the night and began by welcoming those present and thanking our Sponsors for the night. The tone for the night was to socialise, network and enjoy the night with families, friends and fellow CMPA members.

The Honourable Jaclyn Symes MP, Minister for Resources gave a welcome speech which was followed by the CMPA Chairperson, Garry Cranny who discussed some of the highlights from the past year and the issues that the industry faces in the future.

A mouth-watering three course meal was interspersed with a presentation from the Associate Chairperson Jason Rudge (William Adams) who took the time to thank all of our Associates for their support throughout the year and acknowledged all of our sponsors. He made special mention of the six Voting Members who also sponsored the Annual Dinner.

Jason invited the 6 members present on the night to come forward to be presented with a 15+years framed certificate of appreciation for being members of the CMPA since inception.

Present to accept their framed certificates were Drew Phillips from Castella Quarries, Darren Coath from CJD Equipment, Kirwan Barr from MSC Group, Pat Kerr and Don Rigby from Conundrum Holdings and David McKelvie from Safemix.

In keeping with tradition, the names of all those guests present went into a draw for the two door prizes. This year’s lucky winners were Justin Collins from Castella Quarries who received a Hotel Windsor gift pack which was generously donated by Crushing Equipment and presented by Lew Dilkes and Will Howard from DE Quarry Solutions received an ACCOR Hotel gift card donated by Lincom Group and presented by Albert Toal.

Will Howard & Albert Toal
Lew Dilkes & Justin Collins

Our feature entertainment this year was Clear View a local band to Melbourne. The band provided a variation of musical numbers for guests to listen too as well as bringing many guests to their feet and on to the dance floor.

The evening ended on a high note and many guests decided to keep the mood going and move on to the Radius Restaurant & Bar around the corner after doors closed at 11:00pm. Once again, a tremendous night was had by all.

A final thank you to our sponsors. Without your support the night would not be able to go ahead.

The 2020 Annual Dinner will be held at Hyatt Place, Essendon Fields on Saturday 12th September. Put the date in your diaries for next year and make it an exciting weekend away.

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