Newgate: Back to Canberra 2016Share Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
Newgate Australia decided a welcome back to Canberra cocktail party was the way to start this 2016 Parliamentary year and chose the Hotel Kurrajong, a place of ghosts and history that Canberrans love to whisper about. The most recent refurb at the old girl suits its early Canberra style, but these guests were ones who probably know little of that but absolutely have their finger on the pulse of the machinations of government and know how to make things happen.
The Press Gallery reps were from the much diminished spread of media on the hill and most were familiar faces, occasional voices and print journalists on the endless 24/7 news cycle that now invades our lives and devices, who are ready for the jousting of this election year. They love a party, a good gossip, a glass of something, delicious eats and familiar company.
But among the guests were fish and chip eating gents from the Dalian Wanda group of China. Don’t know who they are? Well their CEO Wang Jianlin bought the ‘Legendary Entertainment’ business in Hollywood for $3.5 billion dollars just a month ago, and intends to make the group “a brand known by everyone in the world”. With a formidable spread of investments across diverse industries, including Hoyts in Australia, we will no doubt know a lot more very soon.
So it’s back to business for the Newgate team, facilitating and guiding clients through the complexities of connecting in a wide range of arenas.
Canberra history reminds us that you could meet a Prime Minister at the front door of this hotel and stroll to the house with him. Those were the good old days, and I love that the current incumbent catches a bus in Sydney, but nowadays a stroll from the Lodge might be a more difficult proposition.