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3 EDITOR’S LETTER 5 CONTRIBUTORS F e b r u a r y 2 0 1 8 e d i t i o n QHA Level 14, 270 Adelaide Street Brisbane, Queensland 4000 GPO Box 343 Brisbane, Queensland 4001 Phone: 07 3221 6999 1800 177 594 Fax: 07 3221 6649 Web: Email: Office Hours 8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday Associate Editor Mr Ben Weston Email: President Mr Tom McGuire Senior Vice President Mr Richard Deery Vice Presidents Mr Scott Armstrong Mr John Douglas Mr Brad Fitzgibbons Secretary/Treasurer Mr Tony Condon Trustees Mr Will Cordwell Mr Peter Britain Chief Executive and Editor Mr Bernie Hogan 6 NEWS 14 FEATURE: FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON BRISBANE 26 INSIGHTS: THE WALRUS CLUB THE STAR GOLD COAST 38 ACCOMMODATION 40 COMPASS: BARCALDINE, HOME TO THE FAMED TREE OF KNOWLEDGE 46 TOP DROP 50 SHOWCASE: AUSTRALASIAN HOSPITALITY AND GAMING EXPO 62 TRADE DIRECTORY 64 PARTNERS & CORPORATE MEMBERS QHA REVIEW | 4 QHA REVIEW is published by the Queensland Hotels Association ABN 54 878 166 941. All information is correct at time of going to press. The publishers cannot accept responsibility for errors in articles or advertisements, or unsolicited manuscripts, photographs or illustrations. The opinions and words of the authors do not necessarily represent those of the publisher. All rights reserved. Reproduction in part or whole is strictly prohibited without prior permission. ADVERTISE For more information on advertising in the QHA REVIEW contact Bryony Brand: 0400 462 843

DAMIAN STEELE QHA Industry Engagement Manager A hospitality industry professional with over 30 years’ experience in liquor, gaming and operations. Damian has a strong focus on compliance and legislation. ROSS TIMS QHA Training and Safety Manager Ross manages the development and delivery of industry related training courses and the provision of workplace health and safety services to QHA member hotels and other hospitality venues. PAUL ST JOHN-WOOD Membership Officer Paul is the face of the Association to many QHA members as he travels the length and breadth of the state visiting, advising and assisting publicans. JUDY HILL QHA Accommodation Division Manager As a professional advocate for the accommodation sector of the hotel industry, Judy advises and represents members on matters including tourism legislation, marketing strategy, risk management and airline regulation. WESLEY DAVEY QHA Senior Employment Relations Advisor Wesley is an HR practitioner with diverse experience advising and assisting businesses in the hospitality industry with employment relations matters. THE HON YVETTE D’ATH Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills Yvette D’Ath is a Labor member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland representing the seat of Redcliffe. MIKE SARQUIS Executive Director of Liquor and Gaming Regulation Mike’s responsibilities include managing the gaming and liquor regulatory licensing and compliance regimes, and implementing the responsible gambling strategy and harm minimisation programs. NICK BAINBRIGGE State Manager (Qld) Aristocrat Nick has a proven history in wholesale liquor, electronic gaming, and hotel and restaurant operation. He now heads up the state team for one of Australia’s leading manufacturers of gaming machines. BRENDAN O’FARRELL Chief Executive Officer, Intrust Super Brendan is responsible for overall management of the fund and providing advice to the board of directors. He passionately believes education is critical in super due to the everchanging nature of the industry. CURT SCHATZ Managing Partner, Mullins Lawyers With over 30 years’ experience in property, liquor and gaming law, Curt is recognised as a leader in this field. He advises pub, club, nightclub, restaurant, resort and accommodation venue owners and operators. JOHN ROZENTALS Wine Writer John Rozentals is a freelance writer who has penned travel, food and wine articles for a range of Australian newspapers and websites including our very own QHA Review. QHA REVIEW | 5