CONVERGE Mparntwe (Alice Springs) 2022

 

CONVERGE Mparntwe (Alice Springs) with our co-host Indigenous Community Television (ICTV). brings the First Nations media industry together on Arrernte country to learn, share and network.

 

MEETING TOGETHER >> MOVING IN ONE DIRECTION
APURTE IRRETYE-KE IWERRE ANYENTE-LE

 

Our CONVERGE gathering is to celebrate, showcase and recognise the value and necessity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander media for getting outr voices, views and our stories heard nationally and internationally.

 

During the day, we’ll be converging at the DoubleTree Hilton for plenaries, showcase presentations and industry discussion. CONVERGE is the opportunity for you to receive valuable updates, have your say and help set the future direction of the First Nations media sector.

The full conference program will be announced in the coming weeks.

 
CONVERGE Alice Springs will be a COVID-safe event. While we do want to welcome all First Nations media workers from around the country, places will be limited to 10 delegates per organisation to ensure space for everybody. Get in quick!
 

Registrations have now OPENED.

Please contact our Member Services Officer, Stephanie Stone via [email protected] 

 

OPENING NIGHT
Wednesday 23rd

Welcome to Country, meet & greet over sunset canapes

Olive Pink Botanical Gardens
 
CONFERENCE
On Thursday 24th & Friday 25th of November, delegates will CONVERGE at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel,  82 Barrett Dr, Alice Springs  
 
The two-day conference will include plenary sessions, keynotes and panel forums on the main stage, plus facilitated discussion groups and breakout sessions throughout the venue .

There will be an area that will feature a Trades Hall, allowing delegates an opportunity to talk with suppliers and stakeholders, and provide a break-out space for networking. 

CLOSING NIGHT

FRIDAY 25th

Dinner & Awards Night (FNMA’s Major Awards will be presented on this night of celebration & entertainment)

Alice Springs Desert Park
 

 
Converge Schedule – Coming to you soon.

INDIGENOUS DIGITAL LEADERSHIP FORUM

On Tuesday 22nd November, First Nations Media Australia’s inDigiMOB team will be hosting the Indigenous Digital Leadership Forum focused on remote telecommunications and digital connectivity in Alice Springs. FNMA members who have attended previous Broadband for the Bush and/or Indigenous Focus Day forums will be invited to join with representatives from the telecommunications industry, government and relevant stakeholders for digital inclusion discussions and strategy. If you would like to attend this event in addition to the CONVERGE conference, please email [email protected]

 

MAKING TRAVEL PLANS

Car hire
Avis Car Hire: (08) 8952 3694

Budget Car Hire: (08) 8952 8899

Europcar: (08) 8953 3799

Hertz Car Hire: (08) 8955 3790

Thrifty Car Hire: (08) 8952 9999

Alice Springs Taxi’s: (08) 8952 1877

 

Flying
Alice Springs airport is serviced by Qantas and Virgin from most major cities.  

 
Shuttle service
If your team requires transport from Alice Springs, please advise [email protected] 
 
TRAVEL SUBSIDY
FNMA has a limited amount of funding available to support current FNMA members to travel to CONVERGE Alice Springs.  Please note, this funding will not extend to the full cost of travel and accommodation for the event, but can be used as a contribution towards your travel expenses. 
 
Not sure if your membership is current? Check here
Quick - better renew or sign up? Click here
Want to request a travel subsidy? Contact [email protected]
 

ACCOMMODATION

Alice Springs are offering discounted rates to CONVERGE delegates. Make sure you mention FNMA CONVERGE  when you’re booking to receive the discount offer.

Accomodation at the Conference Venue:

DoubleTree by Hilton  
(08) 8950 8000

82 Barrett Drive. Alice Springs

[email protected]

Here is a map of DoubleTree by Hilton location -

 

Accommodation short walking distance of the conference venue:

Mercure Alice Springs Resort
Alice on Todd Apartments
Desert Palms Alice Springs

There are also a range of other accommodation options in the suburbs of Alice Springs within a 10-15 minute drive of the conference venue that may suit some delegates. 
 

 

CATERING

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided at the CONVERGE Alice Springs venue. A light meal  will be provided at the Welcome Event on Wednesday 23rd November. For those attending the Closing night Friday 25th of November, a sunset dinner will be part of the evening’s event.
Please note any dietary requirements with your registration details. 
 
Conference registration does not include breakfast. . 

 

MORE INFORMATION ON ALICE SPRINGS

Find further information about ALICE SPRINGS, including medical services, takeaway food and cafes and shopping HERE

 

PRICE

FNMA members:

Early Bird $300 – closes on 7 October
Two-day conference $340+ gst

Early Bird $400

Two-day conference + Closing Night event $440 + gst

Non-members:

Early Bird $340 – closes on 7 October
 Two-day conference $380+ gst

Early bird $440 - Closes 7 October
Two-day conference + Closing Night event $480 + gst
 

 ** Prices include access to the Welcome Event

 

PLEASE NOTE

Tickets purchases will not be refunded if delegates fail to attend, only if the event itself is cancelled. 

Cancellation of event or Change due to unforeseen events or COVID Restrictions
In the event of:
(a) an unforeseen event beyond the control of First Nations Media Australia that prevents the conduct of the Event on the appointed dates; or
(b) COVID-related restrictions or issues which prevent the Event proceeding on the appointed dates, then First Nations Media Australia will take reasonable steps in good faith to reschedule the Event to a later date or dates. If despite such efforts First Nations Media Australia cannot find an appropriate date or dates to reschedule the Event, First Nations Media Australia reserves the right to cancel the Event and any conference fees paid to First Nations Media Australia up to the date the event arose or the restriction was imposed will be refunded.
 
Costs associated with such rescheduling or cancellation 
The previous paragraph represents First Nation Media Australia’s entire liability in the event of a rescheduling or cancellation due to any unforeseen events or COVID-related restriction. First Nations Media Australia will not be liable to any person for any costs, fee, expenses or losses incurred by the Client or its guests (including cancellation or rescheduling costs) that result from rescheduling in relation to a cancellation or change in the Event caused by or in relation to the Restrictions. Clients and guests should seek refunds from or rescheduling with their own accommodation, transport and other service providers, but this will not be First Nation Media Australia’s responsibility. 

 

GRATITUDE

First Nations Media Australia thanks the following key organisations for supporting this event:

National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA)

Community Broadcasting Foundation (CBF)

Indigenous Community Television (ICTV)
 

A full list of our Sponsors to be announced soon!!