The Chairman of the Board of Governors, Professor Peter Zablud, added his welcome and highlighted the importance of these events in enhancing and strengthening the collegiate nature of the Notariat.
Delegates and guests were honoured by the presence of Her Honour, Sally Thomas, AM, Administrator of the Northern Territory who officially opened the Conference. In her address, Her Honour pointed out that the commonality shared by the theme of this year's Conference, Crocodiles, Pearls and Notaries, was “their uniqueness and immense value”. Her Honour graciously accepted an framed medallion with brass plaque from the College presented by the Conference Chairman, Joseph Lukaitis.
The formal opening was followed by an opportunity for guests and delegates to mingle socially and get up close and personal the cute and intimidating indigenous fauna of the top end at Crocosaurus Cove.
Working sessions took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, directed to the concept of “Engaging with Asia”. Ten presentations were delivered over two days by a group of prominent speakers and each day closed with an interactive Forum session which encouraged frank and forthright discussion.
The social culmination of the Conference was undoubtedly the “black tie” dinner held in the magnificent setting of Pee Wee’s at the Point, a venue renowned for its outstanding views across the bay towards Darwin. As the enchanting twilight of the tropics faded, guests were welcomed by the Chairman of the Conference, Joseph Lukaitis and were given a short history of the origins of the College by Professor Phillip Hamilton.
The guest of honour and guest speaker at the Dinner was The Honourable Justice Dean Mildren, RFD, and Senior Puisne Judge of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory who warmed to his theme of “Notorious and Notable Notaries”. His Honour amused guests with his gift of alliteration and judicious humour and graciously accepted an Honorary Fellowship of the College from the Chairman of the Conference, Joseph Lukaitis.
The closing highlight was the bestowal, by unanimous vote of the Board of Governors, of a rare Distinguished Fellowship of the College on Professor Peter Zablud for his; “outstanding service to the College and significant contribution to the Australian, New Zealand and international notariats".
The Conference concluded with a warm invitation extended to all delegates by the Chairman of the Conference, Joseph Lukaitis, to attend the next Conference of the Australian and New Zealand College of Notaries in Hawaii in 2014.
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