• Australia News

    25 October 2016

    Queensland Chapter


    Following the success of the Ball in Western Australia last year, we held the inaugural Brisbane Winter Ball at the Pullman Brisbane on 16 July, 2016.

    The Queensland chapter held it’s inaugural Winter Ball on 16th July at the Pullman hotel in Brisbane. It was attended by just under 150 industry professionals including our VIPs Rod Noble, Joan Noble and David Bateman who came all the way from Malaysia and Singapore to attend.

    After speeches from Paul Roberts, (President, LHC Australia) Rod Noble, (President Elect, LHC Asia Pacific Region), and Jorgen Gullestrup (CEO, Mates in Construction), guests enjoyed a two course meal whilst Melbourne-based award winning band Dream-Boogie performed.

    Guests also tried their hand at casino tables – the proceeds of which, along with raffle ticket sales, helped to raise a truly fantastic AUD5000 on the night. Thank you to our generous raffle donors: Kirsty Smith,Abberley Consulting, Uber, Pullman Hotel Brisbane, H Conway-Campbell, The Stamford Plaza, Wildcat Creations, Riverside 123, Paul Roberts, Noosa Chocolate Factory and 400 Co.

    Special Thanks to our Gold Sponsor Laing O’Rourke, the international engineering enterprise founded on one and a half centuries of experience, who are one of the Lighthouse Club’s most generous supporters internationally and helped make the night a great success.

    Member numbers continue to increase at a steady pace and we’ve been delighted to welcome members from such diverse backgrounds as small contractors, industry training bodies and construction software specialists.
    Our thanks to the following sponsors, of the first quarter get-togethers.

    • April 2016 – RICS
    • May 2016 – Protech
    • June 2016 – Colin Biggers & Paisley

    Brisbane get-togethers are always held on the third Thursday of each month from 5.30pm.

    Upcoming get-together dates:
    • 21 July , 2016
    • 18 August, 2016
    • 15 September, 2016

    Venue: Pav Bar, Stamford Plaza Hotel, Edward St.

    Victoria Chapter


    Melbourne’s get-togethers, held on the second Thursday every month, are now a regular feature in the construction community, with interest and attendance increasing thanks to the efforts of our local committee and sponsors. There is normally a crowd of 20 plus and it is growing in popularity. The success of this event has been made possible by our generous sponsors, which since the last magazine has been:

    • April 2016 – Hill International
    • May 2016– Aquenta
    • June 2016– Holman Fenwick Willan
    Venue: Belgium Beer Bar, Eureka Tower, Southbank.

    On 22 June, 2016, the Society of Construction Law Australia held the “Great Debate” at the offices of Corrs Chambers Westgarth. The title of the debate was “Should the contract be consigned to the drawer”. The entry for this event was a gold coin donation to the Lighthouse Club Australia. Thanks to the generosity of all and thanks to the generosity of Corrs for making this fund raiser possible.

    New South Wales Chapter

    The number of attendees is steadily increasing and our mailing list has now reached over 150 contacts. Looking to set up a committee with regular meetings to organise events outside of the regular gatherings. We have had sponsors supporting the events every month since February but are looking for sponsors from August 2016 onwards. The events this year have been successful but are keen to steadily increase our numbers. Thanks to the sponsors of 2016 get-togethers so far:

    • February 2016 – ABC DRS
    • March 2016 – ICG
    • April 2016 – Aquenta Consulting
    • May 2016 – ICG and Elite Assistance

    Upcoming get-togethers will be held as usual on the last Thursday of the month, starting at 6pm on the following dates:

    • 30 June, 2016
    • 28 July, 2016
    • 25 August, 2016
    • 29 September ,2016

    Venue: The Rooftop Terrace, Metropolitan Hotel, No1 Bridge Street, Sydney.

    Western Australia Chapter


    The WA Chapter is organizing its Winter Ball. The monthly events continue to be a success, with a slight drop in numbers at the March event (possibly due to a clash with the Easter break). Sponsorship is healthy without being ground breaking, but we have had a number of enquiries over the previous few weeks which we will turn into active

    Membership numbers are still growing steadily and we continue to increase our number of corporate members. We hope to carry on this trend.
    This year we set a 100 member target (including corporate) for the Jan – Dec 2016 period. We currently have 68 members (including corporate members) – our goal for this year is 100 (representing 25% more than last year).
    Lighthouse WA is the prominent construction-oriented networking and charity group in Perth.
    We have almost organised a full set of sponsors for monthly events in 2016 and have interest going into the 2017.
    The monthly get-Togethers for 2016 and events will be held between 5.30pm and 7.30pm at Terrace Hotel, Perth on the last Thursday of every month.

    • 26 May, 2016 – CSI
    • 30 June, 2016 – NGI
    • 28 July, 2016 – TBH
    • 26 August, 2016 – Winter Ball at the Parmelia Hilton

    We are currently exploring possible opportunities for joint events with other organizations including a safety-based institute based in Perth.


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