from Events Coordinators Caroline Lieu and Edward Wright
The 2020-21 financial year started off with some great professional and networking events. We are both new to the role and have enjoyed organising a variety of new and different events for our members. Despite limitations brought on by social distancing and the lockdowns, we have endured, and it has been a pleasure organising these different events for our members and exploring new ways to engage with the industry.
The Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) forum on the evolution of the project was an interesting and informative session organised by the previous committee. The panel discussion was very engaging and covered a vast array of different fields. It was great to see that the panellists were willing to give their honest opinions of the project and what they thought contributed to the success of the project.
Virtual Coffee Catch-ups
The coffee catch-ups have been one of the new initiatives we have rolled out in light of social distancing and the lack of in-person events. It has been a great way for fellow members to catch-up with one another while also meeting new members and extending their network. We have enjoyed putting on these events with our members and facilitating discussion as it has allowed us, the Committee, to continue to connect with members and listen to their needs.
It has also been a great way for us to connect with our interstate members and allows us to branch out to other parts of Australia outside Metropolitan Melbourne. We will be looking to continue this program not only as part of our events during the Covid-19 pandemic but potentially afterwards as well. We believe this is a useful tool for us to connect with our peers as we transition to a new way of work across the industry and move away from more in-person events.
YTP-GYCRS Collaborative Event
This was one of YTP’s first collaborative event with another similar organisation – Global Youth Coalition for Road Safety. The evening focused on road safety and what young people and the community can do to ensure the roads remain safe. This was the first time YTP utilised Microsoft Teams to deliver a digital event. There was a lot of work behind the scenes to ensure the event ran smoothly but in the end the event was successful and there was plenty of discussion not only from our panellists but from the audience as well.
More events are still to come with GYCRS and we look forward to working with them in the future. This kind of event has allowed us to think of new and innovative ways to deliver events to our members despite the unusual circumstances.