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Newsletter of the Australia and New Zealand Centennial Conference
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Bank Brisbane, Queensland, Australia  
6 - 8 September 2019
Edition #5 - June 2019

Conference Registration

Have you registered yet?

If not, get your registration done before the early bird closing date of 30th June and enjoy the saving!

Registration Cost including Opening Ceremony and Cocktail Party:
  • Early Bird by 30th June 2019: A$250
  • Standard 1 July to  31 July 2019: A$290
  • Late 1 August to 31 August: A$320
Closing date for registrations is 31 August 2019. Access online registration below or download form to fill in and pay by direct deposit.

Cancellations, Refunds, Transfers and Changes Policy

Refunds less a $50 administration fee may be requested for cancellations prior to 1 September 2019. Registrations may be revised or transferred prior to 1 September 2019.
Email all requests to

Register online here
Download Conference Registration Form

Opening Ceremony - Friday 4.30 pm 

Welcome to Country

MAROOCHY BARAMBAH, Elder, Songwoman and Law-woman of the Turrbal People, will perform the Welcome to Country ceremony at the Opening Ceremony of our conference.

Songwoman Maroochy is the Songwoman and Law-woman of the Turrbal People, the original inhabitants of Brisbane, and the Dippil people of the Sunshine Coast area. She is a direct descendant of Daki Yakka – Chief of the Old Brisbane tribe.

Songwoman Maroochy has a long and successful history in performing arts and was the first Indigenous Australian to perform on the Australian operatic stage.

She is Australia’s first Aboriginal Dramatic Arts graduate – graduating in 1979 from the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne.

In 1993, Songwoman Maroochy became the first Australian to perform at the United Nations in New York in honour of the International Year for the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

She has received many awards (both in Australia and overseas), including an Honorary Senior Fellowship of the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2000 for her outstanding and sustained contributions to the community.

Ceremony of Remembrance

In keeping with the tradition, a Ceremony of Remembrance will be held at the upcoming 2019 Inter-District Conference in Brisbane in September 2019. The Ceremony provides an opportunity to celebrate the lives of those Zontians who have passed away since the previous District Conferences were held in 2017.

Read full message from the Governors

Please note: This information has already been distributed to districts and all clubs in all four districts are requested to complete the form (attached below) and return it by the 24th July to Kelly Stokes, even if you have a nil return.

The Ceremony of Remembrance is sponsored by KM Smith Funeral Directors. 

Ceremony of Remembrance reply form

Ending Child Marriage Panel - Saturday pm

Zonta International President Susanne will be joined by panellists and experts in their field - Laura Vidal and Rebecca Hatcher Anderson -  for a discussion on Ending Child Marriage, Zonta's signature project this biennium.
Read more about Laura and Rebecca below.
Laura Vidal 
Policy & Research Specialist — Safety and Resilience
Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand
Rebecca Hatcher Anderson
A passionate advocate who has supported vulnerable women, girls and children affected by violence for the past 20 years.

Guest Speakers - Sunday am

Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith

Professor Harvey-Smith is the Australian Government’s Women in STEM Ambassador and a Professor of Practice in Science Communications at UNSW Sydney.
As the Women in STEM Ambassador,
Professor Harvey-Smith works on gender equity issues across all STEM disciplines, makes the case for change, and promotes the visibility of women in STEM on a national scale.
She is an award-winning astronomer with research interests in the birth and death of stars and supermassive black holes.
Lisa previously worked on the mega-telescope project the Square Kilometre Array – a continent-spanning next-generation radio telescope that will survey billions of years of cosmic history. 
Lisa is a TEDx speaker, a regular science commentator on TV and radio and has appeared on stage with Apollo astronauts including Buzz Aldrin. She is also presenter on the popular ABC television show Stargazing Live and author of the popular science book When Galaxies Collide.
We're excited to have Professor Harvey-Smith as a guest speaker at our conference!

Emma Beal
2018 International Jane M Klausman Scholarship Recipient


Emma is soon to complete her second year of study in the Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics (Honours) program at the University of Queensland. She has excelled in her studies thus far, studying as a UQ Vice Chancellors scholar and twice receiving the QIC Academic Prize for being the highest achieving female student in her cohort. Emma hopes that the skills she learns at university will help her to one day aid economic growth and development in impoverished and oppressed nations, something she is passionate about having spent time living in orphanages and refugee camps on the Thai-Burma border. 
Emma currently works as an academic tutor for the UQ School of Economics and is very involved in campus life in her role as Treasurer of the UQ Economics Society, where she is able to provide other students with dynamic opportunities to further their professional development in business related fields. As a recipient of the JMK scholarship, Emma hopes to undertake a short-term exchange in the coming year so she can continue to broaden her understanding of other cultures and their needs.

Accommodation around the BCEC

Keeping this information here in case there are Zontians who are still deciding where to stay!
There are over 72 hotels within four kilometres of the Centre.
Search for hotels by their rating, proximity to the Centre or Brisbane Airport via this accommodation link

Brisbane Festival

Brisbane Festival is on 6 to 28 September mainly at Southbank. Those extending their time in Brisbane may wish to read more about it via the link.

The Queensland Government is a major sponsor of the Zonta Australia and New Zealand Centennial Conference.

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2019 Australia and New Zealand Centennial Conference
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District 16: Souella Cumming
District 22: Sandy Venn-Brown
District 23: Jane Adornetto
District 24: Sharyl Scott

Conference Chairman: Naomi Reschke
Conference Treasurer: Jill Lucht
Conference Secretary: Jo Wittorff

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