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State Library Victoria awarded for events industry excellence

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Thursday 12 April 2018


State Library Victoria has been recognised for excellence in the events industry, winning three categories at the Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) 2017 Victoria Industry Awards.

The Library won the ‘unique event venue without accommodation’ category for the second consecutive year – open to historic venues, art galleries, museums and performing arts centres across the state.

Two Library staff members were also awarded for their outstanding contribution to the Victorian events industry.

Venue Sales Team Leader Emma Davis was named salesperson of the year in recognition of her skills across sales and event planning.

The Young MEA (YMEA) future leader award was presented to Venue Technical Officer Ritchie Plunkett, recognising his commitment to the business events industry.

The Library’s commercial team works with a broad range of clients to deliver hundreds of events each year including signature and gala events, dinners, conferences and weddings.

State Library Victoria is now a finalist for the Meetings & Events Australia National Awards taking place on Tuesday 8 May 2018 in Adelaide.

Alix Massina, who leads the Library’s commercial operations, said it was an honour to be recognised by MEA, the national peak body for the events industry.

“State Library Victoria is a truly unique venue – it is one of Melbourne’s most iconic landmarks with spectacular heritage architecture and a rich collection built over 162 years,” Ms Massina said.

“I’d like to congratulate my colleagues on this wonderful achievement and thank MEA for its support of the Library and Victoria’s events industry.”

The Library is building on its reputation as one of Melbourne’s leading venues, with beautiful new facilities and refurbished heritage spaces set to open as part of the $88.1 million Vision 2020 redevelopment.

The Isabella Fraser Room – the Library’s first purpose-built function room supported by a new production kitchen – will open this spring, and The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall will reopen as a special events space in 2019.