Dear Colleagues,

You're receiving this email as we've identified you as a key stakeholder in our bid to host in Geelong in 2015, or you have previously indicated to us that you'd like to be kept informed of developments here.

A very polished bid

This weekend saw us host a delegation from Linux Australia who were assessing the strength of our bid - ' Geelong 2015 - LCA by the Bay', and asking the tough questions about how we would handle a conference of over 500 attendees, provide a memorable experience, and ensure a balanced budget.

With huge thanks due to Terry Hickey and the team at Business Events Geelong, we were readily able to showcase the many wonderful venues, experiences and facilities Geelong boasts as part of its tourist offering. From the stunning acoustics of Costa Hall as a keynote venue, to the state-of-the-art audiovisual in Deakin University's lecture theatres, the ambiance of the National Wool Museum and the stunning eateries and restaurants along the vibrant Waterfront, our delegation was suitably impressed - as Josh Stewart, Director of the 2012 commented;

"A huge thanks to the Geelong bid team! A very polished and well thought out plan that's going to make for a tough decision"

We're very grateful not only to Terry and his team, but to the many providers in Geelong who went above and beyond in highlighting what the region has to offer, including Truffleduck at Balmoral, The Hill Winery, Chifley Apartments, Mercure Hotel, Four Points Sheraton, The Vue Apartments, The Pier, CQ and Baveras Brasserie, Royal Geelong Yacht Club, Oakdene Vineyards, Bellarine Adventure Park and the Geelong Boathouse. Not only were the facilities world class, but the personal service at each venue was outstanding.

Where to now?

We've already come a long way by being shortlisted against only one other contender - Auckland. The Linux Australia delegation will travel there in the coming weeks and undertake a similar site inspection. Relative merits of each bid will then be deliberated, and we will find out in mid-late October whether our conference bid has been successful.

How can you help?

You already have. Your support and encouragement has got us this far. Should our bid be successful, we will be seeking assistance from volunteers willing to be a part of the core conference team, and also those willing to assist in a more limited capacity. A number of roles will be available ranging from networking and systems administration to people facing roles in registration and support. We'd love to hear from you if you're passionate to be involved.

As always your comments, feedback and questions are warmly welcomed,

With kind regards
David Bell and Kathy Reid