Star operators shine at ARAMA’s inaugural TOP Awards

The best in the Management Rights industry were this week recognised by their peers at the Australian Resident Accommodation Managers Association’s (ARAMA) inaugural TOP Awards 2019 in Brisbane.

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Husband and wife duo Geoff and Tamara Hussin from Ivory Palms Resort in Noosaville, Sunshine Coast took out the first of the two top gongs, Resident Manager of the Year Award for Short Stay accommodation, while Michael Mitchell from Moda Melton in Nundah, Brisbane won the Long Stay category.

With more than 150 industry participants in attendance, the awards recognised the variety of stakeholders instrumental to the strength and success of the management rights industry which generates $55.5 billion to the Australian economy annually.

ARAMA CEO Trevor Rawnsley said the initiative highlighted the professional skills, experience and opportunities within the management rights industry as well as its economic significance.  

“Around 38,000 people stay in resident managed accommodation in Australia daily and there is a thriving industry underpinning everything from the upkeep of properties to guest satisfaction,” Mr Rawnsley says.

“Our inaugural Resident Managers of the Year have demonstrated the highest professional standards of management rights operators and we hope more people are encouraged by their success to participate in the industry.”

Aussies set to break world RV record

Australian RV enthusiasts are gathering in outback Queensland this month ready to tackle a world record dating back 16 years for the longest line of motorhomes, caravans, campervans and fifth-wheelers.

Barcaldine will host the attempt to topple over the current Guinness World Record, which was set in June 2003 when 672 moving camping vehicles (RVs) were recorded in Canelli, Italy.

The Australian Motorhoming Lions Club (AMLC), which has organised the event with Barcaldine Regional Council, expects Australia’s strong travelling fraternity will show up in large numbers, with 850 RVs already registered to participate in the feat.


“At this stage we are looking at getting at least 200 more than Italy with people coming from everywhere, from all states and territories, and even from New Zealand,” says AMLC president Len Waddington.

“You don’t have to own one of these vehicles to get involved in the event - you can hire it or borrow it and come along and have a lot of fun over the five days.”

Activities kick off on May 23 with the event aiming to boost visitation and expenditure in drought affected towns in and around Barcaldine. All proceeds from the event will also be donated to the local community.

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MCing the wedding of dear friends

I had an absolute ball MCing this wedding in Byron Bay in March, putting pen to paper and delivering a few choice jokes.

Thank-you, Jess and Stewie x

Aussies frothing over 5K Foam Fest

Canada’s largest and most popular fun run, The 5K Foam Fest, had Australia frothing bubbles this summer attracting more than 30,000 adventure enthusiasts across five states and raising $40,000 for Make-A-Wish Australia in its inaugural year Down Under.

Confirming the success, event organisers have already announced the dates for the fun run’s return later this year.  West Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and East Melbourne will again host The 5K Foam Fest from November 30,2019 to February 16, 2020.  

With a dedicated national PR program supporting the event’s launch into Australia, 5K Foam Fest attracted oodles of media attention including a live broadcast during Channel 9’s The Today Show below.