Today marks the start of the Luna Festival or Chinese New Year and the Year of the Dog. I thought this would be the perfect day to send out our latest newsletter.

Being involved with community halls and venues allows me to get a glimpse into many different cultures and I personally love that we live in a place that we all get to choose which celebrations we want to be involved in and which we choose not to.

For me, a new year celebration (regardless of the calendar) allows me reflect on my life and make renewed vows for the future. So for all of you that have failed at your new year’s resolutions (like me!) – this is our second chance! HOW GOOD IS THAT!

When looking into what it all might mean, the year of the dog looks to be a good year in all respects, but an exhausting year as well. Have a look at your friendly dog at home or down the street and you will note some striking similarities to the internet predictions;

There is joy and happiness ahead but also a lot of hard work with a focus on health and wellbeing, time we start looking after ourselves!

This month we had a question from a regular hirer of venues (she runs Zumba Classes in Western Sydney) who feels ‘let down’ by venues not providing her with a clean, safe, easily accessible venue for her weekly seniors’ classes.

So I want to ask you; what do you think should be our responsibility as venue providers to our hirers? I would love to hear your feedback and will include them in our next newsletter. Meanwhile, if you are in Western Sydney and would like to chat to her direct, please let me know and I will pass on your details to her.

As always, drop me a line at if you want to contribute or if you want me to cover a specific topic for you.

Till next month