Monthly Archives: July 2011

Accommodation and venue sorted

Nicole and I are happy to announce that we have signed with Rydges Capital Hill, in Barton, ACT, for the Conflux 2013 venue. We will be drafting up material for the venue page, including photos when we have sorted how you guys can make bookings. However, we think it is a fantastic venue with amazing common areas with fountains and palms within the atrium, interesting conference space, with some balconies.

The hotel is three stories high and the conference facilities are on the second floor so no one will have far to go or will have too much of an issue with the elevators. The bar is in the corner of the building and can be a cozy venue or spread out into the spill over area to accommodate a larger group. The cafe suburb of Manuka is about a ten minute walk down the road. There is serviced accommodation next door, for those who prefer it. The synagogue is across the intersection and there’s a Catholic and Anglican church in Manuka. On the foot path, you can see Parliament House, as Rydges Capital Hill borders the parliamentary triangle.

With have an accommodation deal with Rydges, and we think it is an awesome deal. Stay tuned for details of how to book. Basically, for a bed and breakfast deal, a standard room will cost $160 per night. We will post the range of rooms and step up prices shortly. We want you to book those rooms up so we can have the hotel to ourselves, well mostly to ourselves as there is a block of rooms permanently reserved for  our favourite airline. Also, we think Canberra will be busy at that time of year so we want to make sure you can join us.

The rooms are a little dated, but they are large and have an understated elegance about them. As far as we know there are five mobility impaired rooms, standard rooms with a Queen bed and also rooms with a Queen bed and a double bed, which would be suitable for those wanting to share. An extra breakfast in this case will be $24. For an extra $20 per night you can secure a King spa suite, which contains a King bed (no surprise there) and a spare bath. Nicole and I inspected this room type and found them quite spacious (good room party venue). As the building is ellipse in shape, some rooms lean over the atrium area and others face the outer rim of the hotel building. We think it is quite a fascinating design. There are further price upgrades for suites and we’ll let you know though I think Nicole and I are racing to book the Ambassador suite for ourselves. We could have our own little kingdom up there.

Wait till we put the booking details up before you approach the venue. Here is a link to the site so you can have a squiz.

Conflux Natcon 2013 announced!

Welcome to the Conflux Natcon 2013 preliminary website/blog. Here is where Nicole and Donna will keep you up to date with the arrangements for the Natcon in 2013.

Firstly, let us say how excited we are to be organising a Natcon in Canberra again. Our last Natcon was in 2004 at Rydges Lakeside. We will be making big announcements soon, but a few teasers are in order.

We are putting the finishing touches on our venue deal, with a great convention space and reasonable bed and breakfast rates. There are limited rooms so we must make sure we book them all out so we only have to share the hotel with Qantas staff. As soon as we have signed the dotted line and paid the deposit we will let you know what the venue is and the fantastic rates we have negotiated.

Next, we have line up two awesome international guests and we are still working out who our Australian Guest of Honour will be and who our special guest will be. You never know we may even have a local guest. We have an excellent fan guest of honour lined up too. (Nicole and Donna don’t mess around!).

Then we can say that we will have a steampunk themed high tea, which will be a pre con event (in the early afternoon of 25 April, 2013). At present we think the cost of this will be $40 per head and we want you to dress up and get with the theme. This will be a paid event and not covered by the membership to the convention.

An opening cocktail party is definitely on the agenda and this will be included in the membership and how much food and drink we will have will depend on membership numbers.

We are also hoping to have a Regency Gothic banquet ,which will be a replay of the previous Regency Banquet. Again this will be a paid event and we’d love you to dress up for that too, if you are in the mood.  We will let you know the cost in late 2012 when we have costed the menu with the venue.

Of course, you know Nicole and Donna love to dance so there will be a masquerade disco and your old favourite, the DITMAR Award ceremony.

Along with that we expect a great range of panels, readings, kaffeeklatsch, traders room, games room and workshops.