Author Archives: Nicole Murphy

Conflux Incorporated Annual General Meeting

The 2012 Annual General Meeting of Conflux Incorporated will take place on Sunday, September 30 at 12.20pm (lunchtime) at Novotel Canberra (exact venue of meeting to be determined).

The business of the meeting is to table audited accounts and the president’s report and to elect a new executive for the coming year.

Anyone who is a member of Conflux 9 as of the AGM is eligible to be a member of Conflux Incorporated for this meeting. To do so, you simply need to attend the AGM or inform Conflux Inc president Nicole Murphy via president.conflux@gmail.com.

For more information about Conflux Incorporated, email president.conflux@gmail.com

The deal with supporting memberships

So, how many times have you looked at the ‘supporting memberships’ part of a convention membership form and wondered what it meant?

Probably none, but I’m going to tell you anyway 🙂

There’s a few ideas behind the supporting memberships. Some conventions use them to get people to sign up at a cheaper price with the promise that they can pay later but at the early-bird price. It gets money into the account, and also names to help you start programming. Some conventions see it as a way of building community, knowing who is out there supporting the convention but unable to attend. Generally, all supporting memberships get you access to all the convention publications, including the con book.

At Conflux 9 however, the $30 you spend on a supporting membership gets you more than just the publications. If you become a supporting member, you can:

  • Enter the short story competition, with a first prize of $500 (entries close August 31)
  • Get access to the livestreaming of interviews and some panels/events from Conflux 9
  • Vote in the 2013 Ditmar Awards AND the 2014 Ditmar Awards

So as you can see, a supporting membership at Conflux 9 offers a lot of value.

Regarding the livestreaming – we’re planning on doing interviews with our guests, and if we can show some aspects of the convention for those who love Conflux and want to be part but can’t attend. We love our Conflux family – the fabulous people who have attended Conflux in the past and want to come back again, and we’re going to do everything we can to make those who can’t come to Canberra feel like they’re taking part.

So sign up for your supporting membership now, to get the fullness of the benefits. Membership form is here.

Help make Conflux as inclusive as possible

The committee has been discussing what we can do to ensure we make Conflux 9 accessible to as many people as possible. There’s going to be restrictions on what we can do, based on money and the fact we’re just volunteers. But we’d hate to miss something that we could have done simply because we didn’t know.

There’s certain things we’ve already been thinking of. For example, Rydges Capital Hill has some specially designed rooms for the mobility impaired – if you want to book them, you’ll need to contact the hotel direct but you can still get them at the convention rate. As well, there are a number of regular rooms that are right on the convention floor, making them a good choice if you have some mobility issues. Mention that you’d like one of these rooms when book online. 

We’ve checked out the hotel and insured that all the areas – bar, restaurant, convention floor – are accessible in wheelchairs. We’re also aware that we need to ensure that if we have platforms that panels and such are taking place on, they will need ramps to be accessible and we’re going to look into whether the hotel has hearing loops and what is involved in making them work.

As well, we can organise to have the con book and/or program published in large print for those with sight disabilities. Just let us know a month out, so we can do the printing.

And we’re talking about possibilities to make attending the convention more accessible for those with financial hardship. 

So now I put the question to you all – what are the things we should be aware of to make Conflux a convention that is welcoming and accessible for as many people as possible? I’ve spoken a bit about some issues facing the disabled, but maybe there’s people with other issues that we should consider in order to make their convention going experience as positive as possible.

So share your thoughts. Please.

Winner – Conflux One Year To Go competition

We had some fabulous entries for the competition to win free membership and one night’s accommodation at the con hotel. Donna and I, along with the committee, had a great time in deciding.

It turned out the winning entry was the first we recieved. When we read it, Donna said, “Gonna be hard to beat” and it turned out it couldn’t be 🙂

So congrats to Martin Livings, from Perth. Here’s Martin’s winning entry:

Conflux, to put it concisely,
I’m aimed towards quite imprecisely.
But con funds are gone,
on Genre and Swan.
A freebie would entice me nicely!

Want to book your accommodation?

Here’s the link – http://www.rydges.com/cwp/Conflux2013

Just 12 months to go!

Today marks just twelve months until the opening ceremony of Conflux 9, the 52nd Australian Natcon.

To celebrate, Conflux 9 co-chairs Donna Maree Hanson and Nicole Murphy are giving away a great prize. One lucky person will win a membership to Conflux 9 and one night’s accommodation at Rydges Capital Hill, the venue of the convention. Includes buffet breakfast for two.

To enter, in 25 words or less tell us why you MUST come to Conflux 9. Entries must be sent to confluxcomp@gmail.com before midnight May 9. Donna and Nicole will choose their favourite.

Donna and Nicole hope to see everyone at Rydges in a year!