Important Conference News - Please read as arrangements are different to the last conference. The accommodation will be at Melbourne Big 4 Holiday Park (link below), 265 Elizabeth Street, COBURG. The committee after discussion has decided that we will need conference delegates to make their accommodation bookings individually. Unfortunately the logistics of such a large group booking, working out so early who is coming and deposits etc is much too difficult to co-ordinate because in the time we take to do this we may lose the availability. So what do you need to do? Well if you know you will definitely coming, we need you to call the park (1800 802 678) and make your booking and pay a deposit now (first night is required) for the 3 night's Thurs 4th Oct - Sat 6th Oct http://www.melbournebig4.com.au/
If you are not sure if you are coming, please decide soon, so that you can secure the accommodation ASAP. It is strongly recommended that you stay here with the other families, as this is a big part of the experience, having dinner together, the kids play together and the adults really getting to talk over a BBQ and drinks. Obviously if we stay at separate venues this makes people a bit isolated which is not the point of the conference. So even if you are Melbourne based, seriously consider staying at the accommodation. In clicking the link if you input the dates you can see the accommodation options, as an indication for you for the 2BR cabin (5 berth) is $578 in total for the 3 nights, a 1 BR (4-5 berth) $488 in total. You will not be able to book online this far in advance and so you will need to call and book - 1800 802 678
What does this mean for your fundraising? Well you can simply just pay for your travel and accommodation, or you can fundraise the amount (working out what your travel and accommodation cost is to set your target). This will allow you to pay for your costs - but obviously you are fundraising for funds for your family to use to attend the conference. Funds donated directly to Nevus Support will be used for other costs in hosting the conference, such as catering costs, social program etc
The park has a Coles online grocery service, so you can order groceries and ask for them to be delivered upon arrival. There is a FAQ page on their website that will be handy for you to read http://www.melbournebig4.com.au/faq
This park was where our accommodation was the last time the conference was in Melbourne and the group was quite happy with the accommodation and facilities. It is also ideally located close to the Royal Childrens Hospital where the academic program will take place.
We really are looking forward to having you at the conference, as it is always such a fantastic experience for all those that attend. Our brochures will hopefully be ready soon and one will be part of the upcoming mailout, but no need to wait for this, please book in and ensure you are a part of this event.