By Ben De Jonge
This year New Homes Guide were happy to attend the national building awards on the Gold Coast to cement our new partnership with the HIA, meet key people and cheer on the winners.
It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it. We’ve all heard that one before and here at New Homes Guide we heard it a few times last week. We were invited to attend the functions and events surrounding this year’s national awards dinner so we could meet the HIA’s national people, discuss strategies for the partnership, present two awards and yes, enjoy a drink or two on the fabulous Gold Coast.
We had a busy schedule and packed plenty in to our three days. Everywhere is a long way from Perth, the planet’s most isolated capital city, so we flew out on Wednesday morning, via Sydney, and arrived just in time to enjoy a late Japanese dinner in the heart of Surfer’s Paradise. Being out of season, it was surprisingly quiet and that suited us just fine.
On Thursday we enjoyed a ‘lay day’ of working remotely from our 44th floor apartment before preparing to attend the President’s Dinner at the Sheraton Mirage. This is an intimate gathering of only around 150 of the HIA’s most senior national and state presidents, vice presidents, past presidents, Regional Executive Directors and key support staff.
The HIA’s leadership teams had spent the day reviewing and debating policy and strategy for the coming 12 months with some exciting new initiatives and challenges to come in the months ahead.
This first function was marked by the acknowledgement of departing presidents, the ushering in of new leaders and tributes to the HIA’s longest serving and best loved people. It was characterised by stirring tributes and emotional responses.
The next morning started bright and early with a golf day at the Glades for the HIA Charitable Foundation. Luckily, our poor golf form was able to hide in an Ambrose format and the day unfolded as great fun under blue skies and light winds. NHG’s greatest contribution was sinking a 30 foot putt, but otherwise we were carried on the shoulders of our far more capable playing partners.
So, onto the next event, a casual buffet lunch, pool side back at the Mirage. All sorts of delights were served and enjoyed in a low key and relaxed atmosphere and superb autumn weather.
Short naps may have been had to re-charge before the main event and the reason 650 people had converged on the ‘Goldie’ from all four corners of Australia. They came from Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Mackay, Townsville, Hobart, the Hunter and many, many more cities, towns and regions. This event bore great testament to the HIA’s reach and inclusion of around 80% of all Australian builders.
Of course, we were slightly biased towards WA builders, but overall the standard of homes being built by HIA members is very impressive. As was the energy in the room with all award winners demonstrating great excitement and genuine emotion.
An HIA award is one to be cherished. The competition is tough, the scrutiny thorough and to win is a genuine honour and an asset to any business because it is an endorsement by Australian building’s peak national body as to the quality of their products.
Once the final awards were given, including the two presented by New Homes Guide (HIA Australian Townhouse / Villa of the Year and HIA Australian Display Home), we mingled and chatted with people from all over the country in various positions within the HIA and from all sorts of building, renovation, bathrooms and kitchens companies.
An exceptional night was had by all and we’d like to congratulate all winners and finalists and say a massive thank you to the HIA for hosting us, promoting us and presenting an exceptional few days of events and functions.
To take a look at all the worthy winners, visit the HIA website - http://hia.com.au/en/aha/Winners.aspx