Event Planet Wins Australian Event Manager of the Year and more…


Event Planet is proud to announce winning the prestigious and coveted Australian Event Manager of the Year title at the Australian Event Awards held at ANZ Stadium. Amy Merriman, the Managing Director of Event Planet, accepted the award on behalf of the company and was surrounded by the excited team of event producers, managers and co-ordinators and thanked them for their depth of talent, dedication and passion for the job. Merriman also thanked the clients of the business who trust Event Planet to deliver their important and impressive projects. It is an amazing achievement to be recognised as the premier event company in Australia and rewarded by the independent panel of industry expert judges.

The Australian Young Achiever of the Year Award went to Laura Sage, Events Director of Event Planet, who proceeded to read her acceptance speech from her iPhone. Laura recognised the valuable Event Planet clients and suppliers who have been integral to her work in the past year. Laura expressed how proud she felt to have received such an accolade and praised the talented team of event producers and managers she directs each day. She acknowledged that it is this team that help to make her job successful and such a great pleasure.

The Australian Event Awards spokesperson, Sandy Hollway AO, co-chair of the industry judging panel, said ‘the judging was difficult by the excellent quality of all entries. 2012 represented a very, very high standard of entries across the board in all categories, we were forced to split entries on the finest of details which of course means that all finalists can afford to be very proud indeed’.

The 2012 Australian Event Awards is the premier national awards program developed to reward innovation, recognise excellence and unite the Australian Events Industry. Entries were open to event activities staged between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.

Click here to meet the award-winning Event Planet team of Directors, Senior Producers, Event Managers and Co-ordinators.


Winners Listed Below:

The 2012 Australian Event Awards on 13th of September 2012 at the ANZ Stadium, was an evening extraordinaire for Australia’s leading events companies including; Event Planet, Blanco Food and Events, Belinda Franks catering , as well as, many others mentioned below who are taking away the Industry by storm and sweeping the rewards last night with their recent Accolades.Event Planet won the Best Event Manager 2012 Award, and EP’s own Laura Sage took away the Award for 2012 Young Achiever of the Year. Jupiter Management Group is now a multi-award-Winning company with Event Planet’s awards in 2012 and A LIST Guide winning an award for Best Product in 2011.Below are the winners for each category:Australian Event of the Year
2012 Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, Opera Australia

Sydney Olympic Park Best Sporting Event
2012 Santos Tour Down Under, Events South Australia

Best Tourism Event
2012 Santos Tour Down Under – Events South Australia

Best Charity or Cause-Related Event
Hawaiian Ride for Youth 2012

CIM Magazine Best Meeting or Conference
Mumbrella360, Focal Attractions Pry ltd

Best Cultural, Arts or Music Event
2012 Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour- Opera Australia

Best Corporate Event
By Design Group Corporate Showcase- Atlantic Group [V] Companies

Best Exhibition supported by the EEAA
Asia- Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition 2011- Reed Exhibitions Australia

Coates Hire Best Community Event
The Light in Winter- Fed Square Pty Ltd

Academy of Wedding Planners Best Private Event
Nadine and Elie’s Wedding – Staging Connections

Best New Event
Outpost 2011- Sydney Harbour Federation Trust

Best Regional Event
Ulysses AGM Event Mildura 2012- Mildura Rural City Council

Best Achievement in Design, Look or Theming
The Electric Canvas for Vivid Sydney

Best Achievement in Catering
Belinda Franks Catering for their work on Pasapaley Polo in the City 2011

Best Achievement in Marketing, Communication or Sponsorship
Sydney Harbour Federation Trust for Outpost 2011

Best Achievement in Sustainability
Kogarah City Council, Major Events and Citizenship Ceremonies

Best Technical Achievement or Innovation
Global Entries Online for their work on Equestrian Events

Best Venue
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre

Best Product or Service
Bespoke Luxury Bathroom Module- Splashdown Event Services

Best Education or Training Program
William Angliss Institute Events Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Events

Best Export
David Atkins Enterprises

Young Achiever of the Year
Laura Sage, Event Planet

Entertainer of the Year
Harmony and Darryl Lovegrove

Event Manager of the Year
Event Planet

Lifetime Achievement Award
Mary Lopez
Lena Malouf
John Allen

Browse pictures of the night on EventPix.