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Across the Garden City, September is a celebration of all things Spring with the Carnival of Flowers setting the scene with colour and festivities. From the enchanting carnival float parade to the mouth watering food and wine festival, a day of spring polo and steam train rides too, last month crowds gathered across the region for the landmark tourism event.

Heading out into the hustle and bustle, our team attended a number of networking and community events starting with the Women on the Move networking evening. Hosted by the Corella Group, our Tax Advisor, Sarah Troedson attended on behalf of the firm.

Firm Directors’ Amanda Roberts and Mick Harding, Senior Tax Specialist, Jane Toms and Tax Advisor, Jess Klease headed interstate for the anticipated industry event, Xerocon. Held in Melbourne on the 13th and 14th of September, the team got up-to-speed on the latest in cloud-based, Xero technology. The event was packed with inspiration and innovation, and plans to increase productivity for users. Keynote speakers included Magda Szubanski, Tim Leberecht and Xero Co-Founder, Rod Drury. In total, more than 3000 people from 19 countries attended the landmark event.

Marked in our calendar for Tuesday 19th September was the Toowoomba Business disAbility Awards. Hosted by Tim Ferguson and featuring Kay McGrath as the Master of Ceremonies, the event was a celebration of businesses that support, educate and employ people with a disability in the Toowoomba region. As a proud sponsor of the event, our Director, Ben Horner and Senior Auditor, Carla Sankey attended on behalf of the firm. Ben presented the Business Engagement Award which was taken out by local social enterprise, Ability Enterprises.

Towards the end of the month, we threw our support behind International Pirate Day to raise funds for Childhood Cancer Association Inc. Beginning with a morning tea of handmade cakes and treats, our team members were invited to participate in a pirate themed team building challenge.

Rounding off the month was the inaugural For Purpose Conference hosted by the University of Queensland Student Guild. The event for not-for-profit organisations, featured a number of keynote speakers and workshop facilitators, including our Director, Ben Horner. Together, they presented a range of topics to promote long-term growth and sustainability.