Page 2671 - Week 09 - Tuesday, 11 August 2015

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Capital Bar and Grill at QT Canberra. Best bar presentation and service went to Hopscotch. Best meetings and events hotel, accommodation division, went to Hyatt Hotel Canberra. Best meetings and events venue, general division, went to the National Convention Centre. Best new or redeveloped venue, accommodation division, went to Avenue Hotel Canberra. Best new or redeveloped venue, general division, went to Bentspoke Brewing Company. Best marketed hotel went to the Burbury Hotel. Best environmental practice went to Crowne Plaza Canberra.

Best late night entertainment venue went to Knightsbridge Penthouse. Best live entertainment venue went to the Dock. Best TAB licensed venue went to the Statesman Hotel. Best local went to the George Harcourt Inn. Best pub bistro went to Hopscotch. Best tourism initiative went to Jamala Wildlife Lodge. Best suite or apartment hotel went to the East Hotel. Best first class accommodation in the three to four star category went to the Premier Hotel and Apartments. Best superior accommodation in the 4½ star category went to East Hotel. Best deluxe accommodation in the five star category went to Hotel Hotel.

I place on the record my congratulations to all those who were nominated for the awards and also on all the great work they do in promoting our city to both residents and visitors. I also thank the board and staff of the Australian Hotels Association ACT, including the general manager, Brad Watts, the president, Michael Capezio, the secretary treasurer and accommodation division president, Mark Sproat, and the industrial relations consultant, Joanna Minichinton.

The AHA represents and advocates on behalf of bars, taverns, accommodation hotels, restaurants, cafes, educational institutions, retail liquor outlets, nightclubs and the Convention Centre. The majority of the AHA’s members are small businesses and they employ over l8,000 people in the territory. They work hard and struggle with excessive regulation. The AHA assists its members with a range of policies that affect them, including liquor licensing and regulation, tourism, responsible service of alcohol, occupational health and safety, food safety, law enforcement, gaming, industrial relations and many other small business matters. It is a complex environment in which they work, and it is an environment which is constantly changing. I think we owe it to the industry to give some certainty and to give some recognition for the great value that they give to our community.

I congratulate the AHA on their work on behalf of the hospitality and tourism sector. For more information about the AHA’s work I recommend members visit their website at

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 9.53pm.

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