Almost 1 year laterAlmost a year after completion, the newly constructed Linden Passport Office in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) is yet to be opened to serve members of the public. According to Minister of Citizenship, Winston Felix, who paid a visit to the facility last Friday, the issues responsible for the delay from January to date were electrical power issues, which he noted have now been sorted out.Linden passport officeThe minister said the necessary equipment would now be installed, and the building put to use. He said among the issues were that some electrical outlets were wrongfully placed to accommodate equipment.When opened, the facility is expected to provide both passport and immigration services to residents across the Region.“The Passport Office is at a stage where we were held up; we’ve now overcome the power issues, which were incomplete. Now that the power issues are sorted out, we’re now installing the equipment necessary to have the biometrics taken when applications are received, because we want to have that done in Linden,” Minister Felix stated.He noted that, at this time, residents of Linden and other parts of Region 10, who have applied for their passports in Georgetown, will find the present system of delivery still in effect.Meanwhile, residents have voiced concerns as they anxiously await the commissioning of the facility in an effort to utilise its services.While Linden has been benefiting from passport renewal services conducted out of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) building at Mackenzie since August, 2016, this will be the first time the community will have such a building to cater for new applicants. Applicants who apply at the Georgetown office also benefit from uplifting same at this office. However, this move will see new applicants now having access to the service from within the community.The facility is also expected to process other documents, such as birth and death certificates.
Focus on Adelaide for TravelManagers’ National ConferenceFrom an Olympic gold medallist to a high-performing entrepreneur, the line-up for TravelManagers’ 2015 Annual National Conference is set to inspire and motivate its personal travel managers (PTMs) to achieve great things in their businesses.The travel company’s eighth annual conference is to be held in Adelaide over the weekend of 28-30 August, with this year’s theme, “Focus”. Executive General Manager Michael Gazal believes the simplicity and versatility of this theme falls neatly in line with TravelManagers’ overall business philosophy.“Our business operates in an environment of constant and often fast-paced change. The conference theme reflects our will to remain focussed on our stated goals and to eliminate time-consuming distractions that do not add value – to the company as a whole and to each of us as individuals.”According to Gazal, one of the highlights of this year’s conference will be the two world-class keynote speakers.“We are very excited to be able to bring some amazing talent to Adelaide to address our PTMs – not one but two inspiring Australians who are at the very top of their chosen fields. I’m sure their stories of personal growth and success will be a great source of motivation to everyone who hears them speak.”Matthew Michalewicz will open the conference on Friday 28 August by speaking about the ‘Science of Success’ and ‘How to Improve Small Business Performance’.“Matthew is talking from a place of authority, having built and sold several multi-million dollar companies – he actually ‘walks the walk’”, says Gazal. “He will be delivering a message tailored to our PTMs to assist them in articulating and achieving their own personal goals.”Remaining with the “Focus” theme, the conference’s closing address will be from Alisa Camplin-Warner (OAM), who won Olympic Gold for Australia in aerial skiing at the 2002 Winter Olympics, despite having fractured both ankles just six weeks prior to the event.“Alisa has been incredibly successful, not just in her sporting career but in her professional life as well. She comes highly recommended as a very engaging speaker whose ability to focus on the task at hand by overcoming physical, mental and emotional challenges is sure to be inspiring for everyone,” says Gazal.TravelManagers are predicting record numbers once again at this year’s conference, with around 200 PTMs expected to attend from all over the country plus around 50 suppliers and National Partnership office (NPO) attendees. Delegates at the three-day event will benefit from a series of workshops that range from improving small business skills to becoming cruise and airfare gurus, and even achieving better health, vitality and work/life balance.For Karen Farley, representative for Redbank Plains QLD, one of the highlights of the conference is the opportunity to take advantage of having so many key suppliers gathered together in one place.“I enjoy the opportunity to mingle with my colleagues and suppliers, but as well as the social aspect of the weekend, I really value the ‘Show and Tell’ sessions as they are the perfect environment to update and add to my product knowledge.”As well as the workshops and presentations, this year’s conference will once again offer plenty of opportunities for catching up with colleagues in a less formal environment. The conference will open with a “Taste of South Australia”-themed welcome dinner at Adelaide’s amazing National Wine Centre, and will close on a high with a gala awards dinner at the Adelaide Convention Centre, where the company’s top-performing and most improved PTMs will be recognised for their efforts in the preceding year.The conference’s location in Adelaide, which is widely considered to be one of Australia’s best conference destinations, is another highlight for Erryn Morris, representative for Gooseberry Hill, WA.“There are so many options for pre- and post-conference travel around South Australia and I’m really excited about taking part in one of the organised famils which include the Barossa Valley, Kangaroo Island and the Fleurieu Peninsula. I’m also trying to decide whether to take part in a tour of the markets or to compete in the TravelManagers golf tournament on the Friday morning.”Despite a comprehensive agenda being released to conference delegates well in advance of the actual weekend, Gazal says there are a few surprises that are still in the bag.“Every year we set aside time in the agenda for a community event – an opportunity for our people to focus on helping others. This year we have partnered with a South Australia-based charity called ‘Little Heroes’ that was started by ex-Adelaide Crows captain Chris McDermot and is currently working towards establishing a Centre for Robotics and Innovation at the Adelaide Women and Children’s Hospital.”“The actual activity is being kept secret but the resulting financial contribution will go towards helping Little Heroes achieve this goal. It is a truly inspirational organisation that is achieving amazing things for sick children in South Australia and we are honoured and humbled to be involved in some small way in what they are doing,” Gazal says.For more details or to find out how you can support Little Heroes, please visit littleheroesfoundation.com.au/For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.Source = TravelManagers Australia