June 2017: Case Study - WCPH 2017

Case Study - WCPH 2017

Event: The Birdcage/Press Lounge @ World Congress of Public Health

Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Date: 2-7 April 2017

Client: ICMS Australasia


Our client, one of Australia’s most prominent professional congress organisers – ICMS Australasia - provided a detailed brief for the World Congress of Public Health event requirements including the vision for a Press Lounge, to be branded as The Birdcage. ExpoNet worked within the budget and the vision to ultimately create an amazing three dimensional environment for members of the press to utilise during the Congress as well as the signage, electrical requirements and build of the exhibition itself.


Featuring multiple facets of ExpoNet’s capabilities including custom design and construction, lights, power, signage, furniture and styling the event provided attendees the perfect atmosphere to undertake Congress proceedings.

The unique Birdcage structure featured an eye-catching trellis roof, decorative side cut outs, custom made Twitter bird cut outs, other birdcage props and Congress logo three dimensional cut outs. The Congress hashtag was also featured within the Birdcage. The team furnished the Birdcage with stylish lounge furniture fitting the theme which were heavily utilised for media interviews. ExpoNet’s certified electrical technicians installed high quality lighting strategically placed to maximise light for production. Ample power was installed on-site maximising access for the media. A camera riser was also provided.


Over 2700 delegates attended the World Congress of Public Health and thousands more visited the public space. The response to the exhibition build was overwhelmingly positive. The Birdcage Press Lounge was extremely well received by the Committee and media representatives. Working in partnership with ICMS Australasia, the Birdcage Press Lounge was designed, built and delivered to provide a unique, attractive and functional feature at the Congress.

Client Testimonial

ExpoNet has been an invaluable long term partner of ICMS Australasia and together we have delivered hundreds of exhibitions and events over many years. The World Congress of Public Health was significant as it attracted more than 2700 delegates from over 80 countries. We approached ExpoNet with the vision for the event and were delighted with the way ExpoNet’s team of designers; project and account managers executed the brief constructing the perfect environment that in turn provided our organisation with a strong return. With over 100 registered media, over one million twitter feeds and features on major news outlets, this space delivered over and above on our expectations.

The ExpoNet team managed the project seamlessly and without them our objectives for the event would not have been realised. Their partnership with us cannot fully be expressed in words, all I can say is that we look forward to many more event experiences with them in the future building on our past successes.

Emma Bowyer

Managing Director

ICMS Australasia

ExpoNet expands its events services business through acquisition of Butlers Events & Staging- get your FREE copy today.

ExpoNet has announced that the company has further broadened its business offering to the event industry through the acquisition of Butlers Events & Staging. ExpoNet and Butlers have worked together successfully for a number of years, however this move will provide clients from each organisation access to exciting, complementary products that will be beneficial to their projects. The integration is expected to streamline processes and create greater efficiencies.

Butlers has been providing an extensive range of event equipment to industry professionals since 1971. Its products and services include a range of temporary structures, staging, grandstand seating and scaffolding products. Delivering on major events and projects such as the Sydney Royal Easter Show, Sanctuary Cove Boat Show, Byron Bay Blues Festival and the City to Surf, Butlers has built a sound reputation for structures, staging, seating and creative event solutions. Managing Director of Butlers Events & Staging, Tony Butler, said “The ability to be part of a company like ExpoNet who has significant operations around the country, high level fit out skills, contemporary furniture, audiovisual, signage, styling and a range of other services will mean we can enhance our offering to our clients.” Tony Butler will remain with the business after the acquisition and will provide ongoing operational input.

ExpoNet’s Managing Director, Shaun Rae, said “The acquisition of Butlers presents an exciting opportunity for ExpoNet to broaden and strengthen our event services division. Butlers’ range complements ExpoNet’s existing event products and services business and provides increased synergies, scale and diversification. Butlers’ experience and equipment offering for outdoor events, concerts, and many other projects combined with ExpoNet’s product range, design and construction skills, will provide a stronger platform to meet the needs of customers of both companies. We look forward to combining our capabilities and enhancing our event service offering”.

Sponsor activations and record breaking check in centre at GCAM16

This year’s Gold Coast Airport Marathon again attracted thousands of athletes from around the world competing on one of the most atmospheric and exciting running courses in Australia. Organised by Events Management Queensland, the popular event incorporated eight races of various lengths and difficulty. This year ExpoNet built exhibitions for the event in two locations – both on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane. Over 110 businesses successfully marketed their brands to the crowds at the ASICS Sport & Leisure Expo held on the Gold Coast.

Major event sponsor ASICS utilised a large ExpoNet custom designed and built brand activation. The world class international marathon’s extensive Check In Centre was a major feature itself being one of the largest of its kind measuring the width of one of the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre’s halls.

The ULTIMATE EXHIBITOR GUIDE is now available from ExpoNet - get your FREE copy today.

Inspired by our mission to be your partner in event and exhibition success, the team at ExpoNet have compiled this year’s must have resource for exhibitors – the ExpoNet Exhibitor Guide. From first time exhibitors to seasoned vendors, the guide is full of tips and ideas for those looking to make the most of their 3-dimensional marketing displays or exhibition stands.

Outlined in the ExpoNet Exhibitor Guide are steps and information on the tools you can utilise to ensure your stand provides you with a strong return on investment. Before booking the requirements for your next event, be sure to read our planning, designing, engagement, experiential marketing and sales strategies.Outlined in the ExpoNet Exhibitor Guide are steps and information on the tools you can utilise to ensure your stand provides you with a strong return on investment. Before booking the requirements for your next event, be sure to read our planning, designing, engagement, experiential marketing and sales strategies.

To download your free copy, see: Guide.aspx

ExpoNet Custom Stand for ebm-papst Wins ‘Best Stand Award’

Working in partnership with the client ebm-papst and global exhibition company Ambrosius, ExpoNet have delivered an award winning, vibrant custom stand construction at ARBS 2016.

The design included innovative features such as reusable 3D lettering attached to stretch fabric using magnet mounts; a room structure with metal plating with magnet feature structure and some brilliant product displays made from feature acrylics. The clever use of the 9x9 stand area and a 9x3 product display stage space created an open and engaging environment for visitors to freely explore the latest product ranges. Large interactive touch screens were used to demonstrate the product’s various applications.

The ARBS Expo is Australia’s only international trade exhibition for the Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Building Services Industry. Held from 17-19th May 2016 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the event connected over 250 local and international manufacturers and suppliers with thousands of industry decision makers and technical professionals.

ebm-papst approached ExpoNet as they were looking to partner with a top Australian exhibition supplier in managing their global exhibition program in Australia.. The lighting including the lighting rig above the stand was supplied locally through Exponet, and formed an essential part of the design. Both of the stretch graphic circles were built using double skinned graphics. These had to be carefully positioned to enhance the look. ExpoNet’s in-house team of electricians provided the power installation service and equipment to the stand.

Whilst this international project was complex, it allowed ExpoNet’s custom stand project management team and build crew to showcase their skill sets. Their key achievement was in the seamless delivery and construction of the stand. The stand components arrived in over 100 timber crates – the precise coordination of materials was a logistical feat that did not go unnoticed by venue and organiser personnel present at the event. The resulting construction was made to exact specifications and the response from visitors and the client was very positive. The ARBS Best Stand Award rewards the hard work and precise implementation by all contributors to the stand’s impact, style and functionality.


As part of ExpoNet’s dedication to continually innovate and improve its product and service offering, the team has unveiled a new and improved company website;

  • Dedicated information for exhibitors, exhibition organisers, conference and event planners and custom project managers.

Featuring everything an exhibitor, conference or exhibition organiser or event planner needs to know when organising the perfect event. ExpoNet has tailored the new website with the end user in mind.

  • All new resources

First time exhibitors will benefit from the step by step guide on how to prepare their exhibit. Event planners will find event styling and theming inspiration in the Get the Look and Inspiration Gallery areas. Custom stand exhibitors will find the resources they need to plan their stand whatever their budget and conference and exhibition organisers can access the all new product and service information including details on power, lighting, audiovisual equipment and more.

  • ExpoConnect

Clients can now access innovative, interactive online tools - “ExpoConnect” – the customised platform connecting organisers and exhibitors seamlessly with the ExpoNet customer service team. ExpoConnect houses all floor plans, artwork, schedules and order details in one location and can be updated and communicated to the team in real time.

  • Easy to search and order online store

ExpoNet’s products for hire are now organised in an easy to search and order online facility. This includes stylish individual furniture items, furniture packages, audiovisual equipment, staging, display products and more. The ordering facility features more images than ever before making it easier for customers to find the right solution to meet their requirements.

  • StyleMe

ExpoNet has developed their event styling department - StyleMe - and its service offering even further. Customers can check out the styling and theming pages and Get the Look page for more information on how to style their upcoming event. Think theming, decor, lush florals, ambient lighting and more.

  • Get the Look and Inspiration Gallery

ExpoNet’s team of web designers have worked hard to collate a comprehensive library of images for the new Inspiration Gallery and they have created dedicated pages that will help clients Get the Look when planning furniture and event equipment requirements.

  • Stay in touch or just read the news

ExpoNet invites you to check out the News page to read articles in the media. Subscribe to the client newsletter to stay up to date with the latest articles and tips.

The team at ExpoNet welcomes your feedback on the new look website.

Please send any comments to


ExpoNet is one of Australia’s leading suppliers to the exhibition and event industries and excels in providing the most extensive range of quality products and services including shell schemes, custom stands, furniture, audio visual equipment, power, lighting, graphics and signage. From its offices in Sydney, Brisbane/Gold Coast and Melbourne, ExpoNet supplies over 600 events per year in more than 120 venues. Further information:

Visit the ExpoNet team at AIME 2016

The ExpoNet team is thrilled to be exhibiting at this year’s premier MICE industry event – AIME 2016. Our team has been working hard to deliver the build for the exhibition as well as many custom stands within the space including the newly designed and built Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) stand and our very own new ExpoNet stand.

This year’s exciting, new custom stand for the MCB, “The Melbourne Stand” was inspired by the MCB’s branding and the city of Melbourne’s distinct culture, architecture and chic urban lifestyle. The stand integrates most facets of ExpoNet’s product and service range. Offering multiple engagement opportunities within several discovery zones, including fashion, sport, arts and culture to name but a few, the stand is sure to wow visiting industry professionals.

This year, visitors to the ExpoNet stand will have the opportunity to learn about innovative, interactive online tools - “ExpoConnect” – the customised platform connecting organisers and exhibitors seamlessly with the ExpoNet customer service team. ExpoConnect houses all floor plans, artwork, schedules and order details in one location and can be updated and communicated to the team in real time. The ExpoNet team will also showcase the new ExpoNet website, features and event styling themes at AIME 2016. The team is looking forward to seeing you there!”

As part of our support of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), ExpoNet is the official sponsor of the MCEC AIME Media Lunch.

Check out ExpoNet’s new product catalogue and visit the team at our brand new stand launched at AIME 2016 (Stand number: 2118). Or see the website for inspiration and details,


ExpoNet is one of Australia’s leading suppliers to the exhibition and event industries and excels in providing the most extensive range of quality products and services including shell schemes, custom stands, furniture, audio visual equipment, power, lighting, graphics and signage. From its offices in Sydney, Brisbane/Gold Coast and Melbourne, ExpoNet supplies over 600 events per year in more than 120 venues. Further information:

ExpoNet has taken home two of the industry's highest accolades at the Exhibition and Event Association of 

Australasia (EEAA) Awards for Excellence.ExpoNet has taken home two of the industry's highest accolades at the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) Awards for Excellence. The awards were announced at the gala event held at Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf and recognised outstanding merit and leadership within the industry.

The event and exhibition supplier won in the Best Supplier Team category for their outstanding achievement in delivering the G20 Leaders' Summit in Brisbane in 2014. Jim Delahunty, Managing Director, was also awarded the Trevor Riddell President's Award by the Association for his lifetime contribution to the industry. Jim was recognised earlier in the year by Meetings Events Australia for his outstanding contribution to the industry – the only person to have ever been awarded both distinguished awards in the same year.

Jim Delahunty said the wins were a fantastic way to end the year and are a credit to all the team at ExpoNet. "The G20 in 2014 was the highest impact government event held in Australia and this award is welcome recognition of our team's dedication and hard work in delivering the project management and fit out works for the global business event. I am especially honoured to personally receive the President's Award. It has come at a special time in my career."

One of several awards presented at the gala event, the Best Supplier Team category was judged on a number of criteria, including the team's key achievements; proven strategies used for communication issues management and reporting; staff recognition; degree of difficulty and customer service. The Trevor Riddell President's Award is given to long standing, key contributors to the industry and is nominated by the President of the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia.

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation has announced the recipients of their Rural Scholarships for 2015. Through the contribution made by ExpoNet two highly deserving rural students will receive a scholarship in recognition of their individual study plans and contribution to their communities.

Olivia Hamblin of Nevertire and Trisinta Bernasconi from Taree were both selected by the RAS Foundation committee for their inspirational and highly competitive scholarship submissions. Olivias scholarship will help fund her medical degree at the University of New South Wales. Trisintas scholarship will be used to provide her training and help her qualify as a social worker. Jim Delahunty, Managing Director, ExpoNet said, "ExpoNet has always been committed to providing opportunities for young people to develop and grow and we are proud to be associated with this program; we wish the girls every success for their future."

The RAS Foundation Rural Scholarship program calls for submissions from rural students who may be facing financial hardship, problems of access to education and who wish to contribute to the successful future of their community. This year the RAS Foundation selection process involved a review of hundreds of submissions and via donations from the likes of companies such as ExpoNet, the RAS Foundation was able to award a total of 56 scholarships valued at $267,500.

Kate Ross, Executive Officer, RAS Foundation said, "We are incredibly grateful to have your support so that we can assist more rural students who are truly committed to building a positive, vibrant and successful future for rural Australia." For more information on the RAS Foundation Rural Scholarship program see:

Stellar Results for Exponet at the Prestigious Mea Industry Awards - Jim Delahunty & Christine KotsisIn a double win for ExpoNet, two of the companys stellar performers were awarded Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) national awards at the gala function held on Hamilton Island. Jim Delahunty, ExpoNets Managing Director, was recognised by the MEA Board of Directors for his 30 year long career and consistent commitment to the events industry. He was awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award which recognised the value of his leadership and dedication to the success and growth of the Meetings and Events Industry over the years.

Jim is considered an industry stalwart. Since joining ExpoNet in 1984, Jim has ensured ExpoNets sound financial management, stability and consistent growth. He has dedicated many years to industry participation and leadership having served on multiple industry association boards including the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia, Meetings & Events Australia and for 8 years on the board of the Sydney Convention and Visitors Bureau.

ExpoNets Christine Kotsis was named Business Development Person of the Year and also received the honour of the Meetings or Events Professional of the Year title. The Meetings or Events Professional of the Year award reflects the entry that earned the highest overall score in the individual award category. Christine specialises in client relationship management and new business growth at ExpoNet. With a career spanning almost a decade, Christine is passionate about the events and exhibition industries and has a strong record of success across an incredibly diverse range of clients.

Jim Delahunty, was elated saying the announcements were a highlight of his career.
"To be personally recognised for this outstanding accolade and for Christine to receive the highest ranking individual award on the night is absolutely fantastic. Behind every individual is a team of hard working professionals and both Christine and myself would like to acknowledge the work of the team of creative, driven professionals behind the scenes that make this business tick." said Delahunty.

ExpoNets Solid Delivery for the 17th Steadfast Convention

ExpoNet's Solid Delivery for the 17th Steadfast Convention

The 17th Steadfast Convention organised by All Occasion Group and supplied by ExpoNet lifted the bar in financial services events this year. With a precise brief from the client to meet key objectives to create an interactive exhibition space for guests to mingle and position Steadfast as a leader and authority in their sector - it was a fantastic project for the ExpoNet team to deliver.

Held at the Adelaide Convention Centre in April, the event secured close to 70 individual exhibitors many of whom chose to present their brand and company in a custom made stand. ExpoNet built the exhibition, overlaying the halls from the flooring upwards. The event space featured over 20 individual custom stands, comprehensive signage including branded floor decals, 50 exhibition booths, feature areas including several stylised lounge areas, registration, entrance feature, and street signs.

Each of the twenty custom stands and the feature areas built by ExpoNet were specially designed and manufactured by the companys team of creative designers and delivered by expert project managers. They utilised state of the art construction materials, stylish, contemporary furniture and living decor such as lush plants to complete the look.

Streadfast Group Marketing Manager, Jacqui McGuigan had high praise for the ExpoNet Account Manager and the team at the Brisbane / Gold Coast branch stating, "Our Account Manager Maria Taylor, Beenleigh QLD and her team, collaborated with us from design concept to execution of the event. Maria worked with my team to design the Steadfast Group exhibition stands which consisted of the Steadfast Stand, Technologies training area, Networking spaces, and custom stands for 23 of our specialist brands. The challenge was to unite us all in one area according to our Group Brand Guidelines whilst at the same time differentiate each brand, creatively. The result was a huge success, and testament to the benefits of working with a team of professionals who obviously enjoy what they do and do it well."

Forget the politics, Brisbanes hosting of the G20 from an event perspective was an unadulterated success.

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A Study in Excellence – ExpoNet Delivers Centre for Sales Excellence Exhibition

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ExpoNet has delivered a stylish exhibition within the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Melbourne at the Centre of Sales Excellence conference. Given the freedom to exercise innovation within the elegant hotel space, the team of multi award-winning designers and project managers has created a visually aesthetic and effective exhibition design which provided the organisers a variation on the typical shell scheme booth concept.

The Centre of Sales Excellence conference and exhibition ran from 23-24 October. The brief from the client to ExpoNet requested design, project management and innovative delivery of the exhibition space. The design would showcase individual exhibitors within this space however, would also utilise customised graphics and stylized furniture to represent the event theme and branding.

Proving that the best way to showcase the exhibitor brands on this occasion was by thinking outside the box of the usual 3m x 3m shell scheme booth – ExpoNet collaborated with the organiser and the exhibitors to theme and colour code the exhibitors space set up against a backdrop of clad Corinthian walling printed in their brand colours. Some exhibitors also had great success in showcasing their brand by using ExpoNets StyleMe range of customisable colour furniture to reflect their event theme and brand colour palette in a 3 dimensional format.

The organiser was delighted to see their brand and that of their exhibitor vendors come to life on a cohesive and attractive graphic backdrop. Nicole Donald, Events & Marketing Ninja for Venues 2 Events was delighted, saying, "We want to thank ExpoNet for producing an outstanding exhibition for CSE2014. The level of service that was provided before, during and after the event was exceptional. It gave me great peace of mind knowing that each of my event partners was being well looked after and they were all very happy with their booths. The design and concept was innovative and created a great atmosphere for a successful exhibition."

Exponet Delivers Innovative Custom Stand for Regional Development Victoria at The Royal Melbourne Show

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ExpoNet was a key contributor to the success of the Regional Development Victoria custom stand that was showcased at the recent Royal Melbourne Show. By applying an innovative approach to the design, project management and delivery, with the client and end visitor requirements in mind, the team ensured a smooth and successful delivery for the client - the Department of State Development, Business & Innovation - Regional Development Victoria.

The Royal Melbourne Show is held annually at the Melbourne Showgrounds, and this year ran from 20 September to 1 October, within the Woolworths Pavilion. After successfully securing the tender for the design, development and delivery of a vibrant, visually enticing and interactive display for the Regional Development Victoria exhibit, ExpoNet set to work with a focus on innovation and enhancing the visitor experience throughout the stand.

ExpoNets key responsibilities were to design the custom stand, project manage the delivery process and staffing, manage the manufacture requirements, create the graphic elements, installation, manage the effective and timely dismantle of the stand and conduct a post show debrief. The passionate and multi award-winning team went beyond expectations to include features on that stand that were innovative, sustainable and that directly met objectives for marketing of the brand. The stand was also designed to be easily accessible for large numbers of visitors including State Government VIPs, young and older members of the community.

Utilising a unique and customised selection of interactive hi-tech visitor touch points such as ipad kiosks, backlit map and audio visual elements, the stand also featured highly tactile and visual areas such as childrens interactive and educational hub and art gallery. The creative team used earthy materials to reflect the regional Victorian landscape including turf, plants, rustic furnishings and timber materials. Providing photographic inspiration within childrens activity area were actual /ckfiles/news of Victorian geographical points of interest including Mount Arapiles – used as a backdrop to the real rock climbing wall and an image of Gipsy Point which provided the background image on the boat prop.

As a multi award-winning event supplier with over 30 years experience, ExpoNet excels in providing a complete solution for organisers every requirement from initial design to onsite delivery of events.

ExpoNet Produces Custom 3D Marketing Solution in Detroit for ITS Melbourne 2016

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ExpoNet have successfully delivered a global custom stand solution - project managed and designed from its Australian offices and built in Detroit, USA. The stand was strategically and creatively designed in order to allow member organisations to participate as stand co-exhibitors and promote the upcoming World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems – the Asia Pacific event is to be held in Melbourne in 2016.

The ITS World Congress is an international event focused on bringing together professionals from the transportation industry to showcase and review advances in transport connectivity, automation, mobility and industry economic impact. The Congress rotates between a North American, European and Asia Pacific destination every year.

Once ExpoNet was appointed as the official contractor building the Melbourne 2016 exhibition, the team partnered with ITS Australia and went beyond national borders and indeed traditional supplier services to ensure they proactively assisted with the marketing and promotion of the Melbourne 2016 ITS World Congress at international intervening meetings.

Showcasing ExpoNets unique service offering, the team utilised its international supplier network to select a Detroit based experiential marketing team - EEI Global - to deliver on ExpoNets design and project management specifications in order to construct the 3D custom marketing solution at the Detroit 2014 event.

The reaction from Intelligent Transport Systems Australia, the local representation of the international network of ITS associations, was overwhelmingly positive. Janette Sofronidis, Event and Sponsorship Manager, said "Please let me say once again, how thrilled we were with the stand onsite and how easy the process has been from our perspective from start to finish. ExpoNet were able to completely deliver on our brief and in collaboration with your global partner, produce a top quality product (from half way around the world) from which we were extremely proud to host international dignitaries, key business partners for our Australian and New Zealand delegation, plus importantly, several additional member organisations as stand co-exhibitors. Im very much looking forward to continuing our relationship as we work towards an even bigger presence in Bordeaux, France next year, as we look to explore options to extend and include representation from our friends within the various Asia Pacific Associations as well."

The ExpoNet team now plans to continue to work in collaboration with ITS Australia and MCI Australia (the appointed Melbourne 2016 ITS World Congress Organisers), to deliver on further marketing opportunities for the client at the next World Congress to be held in 2015 in Bordeaux, France.

As a multi award-winning event supplier with over 30 years experience, ExpoNet excels in providing a complete solution for organisers every requirement from initial design to onsite delivery of events. Click here to see more information on ExpoNets custom stand solutions.

ExpoNet Delivers On Rotary International 2014

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Sydney has recently seen the full force of the Rotary International member delegation participating in the annual convention and exhibition that was opened by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

ExpoNet was appointed the Rotary International exhibitions official contractor providing their multi award-winning services and products of project management, exhibition design and decoration, shell scheme, custom stands, flooring, power, lighting, signage and flags.

Held over four days, the 2014 Rotary International Convention attracted 18,000 delegates from 150 countries who spent 72,000 delegate days in Sydney and delivered an economic impact of approximately $60.5 million to the State. The mega-event was held across Sydney Olympic Park venues, facilities and parklands and was the largest in the history of business events in the suburb.

Once Rotary International was secured by Sydney for the second time, in light of the change of venue, ExpoNet tendered to deliver the exhibition component of the event.

The brief from the Host Organising Committee was to project manage, provide design and graphic solutions, production and construction of the exhibition and event requirements within the Sydney Olympic Park complex in order to facilitate the Rotary proceedings.

As per Rotary’s tradition, the main area for the exhibition was termed the ‘House of Friendship’. The House of Friendship being a space for Rotarians to showcase their work, vendors to sell items, and ongoing entertainment throughout the Convention.

ExpoNet designed, constructed and planned the logistics for close to 400 individual exhibition booths in the Rotary Billabong House of Friendship exhibition space.

The innovative team also:

  • Designed and furnished five inviting lounge areas to facilitate mingling and delegate interaction.
  • Created prominent and interactive feature areas on the exhibition flooring including the Convention Hub, 2015 Convention Promotional Exhibit, Rotary Resource Centre Exhibit and the ever popular Rotary Wellness Pod and Pamper Zone.
  • Created the carefully considered Registration Area where 18,000 delegates would be processed, directed and offered seating for up to 1800 people.
  • Provided seating for 570 people and constructed a VIP Fine Dining area in the centre of the Dome at Sydney Olympic Park.
  • Designed and produced the high impact stage branding including the Rotary International Convention imagery that formed the backdrop for the Opening Ceremony proceedings.
  • Designed and literally built the wow factor that was a custom structure inspired by the Sydney Harbour Bridge that delegates could walk through.

No event is without some challenges and Rotary being an exceptional Convention due to its complexity and scope offered the ExpoNet team a few challenges to apply their organisational expertise to!

The use of multiple locations and the sheer size of the show utilising all available floor space presented opportunities for the team of logistics experts to shine. Rotary International utilised Sydney Olympic Parks Dome, Halls 2, 3 and 4, the Southee Complex / Badgery Halls 5 and 6 of Sydney Showground in addition to areas of ANZ Stadium, Allphones Arena, various Sydney Hotels, Sydney Airport and even several Sydney train stations.

The ExpoNet team broadened their usual product and service offering to partner with Rotary International and the Host Organising Committee to ensure their requirements were taken care of including the rigging, marquees, industrial safes and catering equipment.

Congratulations for your work in designing and building the Billabong House of Friendship for the 2014 Sydney Rotary International Convention... It has been widely acclaimed as the "best ever" and the bar has been set so high that it will probably never be bettered. The setting of the Dome as an old country house and billabong caused many gasps of admiration and helped establish an exciting atmosphere for the rest of the site. We appreciated your thoughtful design which made excellent use of available space and contributed to our being able to display a record number of booths. You also did an excellent job with signage which made it easier for delegates to find their way around the site without excessive crowding and your efficient construction enabled all booth holders to move into their sites on time. We also greatly appreciate your willingness to discuss variations to design and the great way in which you dealt with the needs of the occupiers of nearly four hundred booths.

Barry Thompson
Chair, Host Organisation Committee
Rotary International 2014 Sydney Convention.

On behalf of everyone at Rotary International we would like to thank you and the entire ExpoNet staff for helping make our 105th International Convention one of the best yet. Your ability to meet of all our unique needs was indeed impressive. Everything from the registration area to the exhibition hall was completed with true professionalism.

There were compliments abound regarding the Harbor Bridge display. Even with 400 exhibitors it was the focal point of our House of Friendship. Also having three venues throughout Olympic Park and over 18,000 registrants to direct, the outdoor signage did a wonderful job getting everyone where they needed to go.

We could not be happier with the result of our 2014 Sydney Convention experience, and ExpoNet played a large role in that. For that we thank you again for all of your tireless work and effort over the past year.

L.J. Williams
Director of Meetings & Events
Rotary International
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Manager, Meeting Logistics
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Meetings Specialist, Exhibits & Shipping
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ExpoNet have delivered dynamic installations for Harteffect – Canons creative agency at the colourful Vivid Sydney festival of light, music and ideas. The Canon Photo Hubs and Photo Stops were installed along the Sydney Harbour foreshore area and were active during Vivid Sydney festival dates 23 May to 9 June 2014.

Multi award-winning exhibition and event supplier, ExpoNet, collaborated with Harteffect to project manage the requirements and construct the installations utilising custom manufactured components, graphics, specialised electrics and lighting ensuring a high quality response to the creative and technical brief.

The innovative Canon Photo Hub and Photo Stop custom structures were constructed to ensure free flow through for public access, durability and safety being subject to intense public interaction and exposed to the weather for the full length of the festival dates. The team liaised with the governing authorities passing engineering certifications to ensure the requirements were met. They applied detailed project management in the design and technical application stages to produce an outstanding result for the client and visitors to Vivid Sydney.

The structures allowed for media output featuring speakers projecting the Vivid Sydney events presentation. The structures also incorporated graphic elements using photographic scenes of the iconic Sydney Harbour foreshore on the internal panels advising the public the best photographic applications at that particular station. The exteriors were cleverly constructed using a reflective material to mirror the Vivid Sydney light displays. With all these features, the custom structure also brilliantly showcased Canons brand to visitors to the area.

Created and presented by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, Vivid Sydney has become the Southern Hemispheres ultimate festival of light, music and ideas which broke its 2013 record attracting more than 1.43 million visitors across all festival sites this year.

The feedback from the client was overwhelming positive. Pippa Lyons of Harteffect was delighted saying, "ExpoNet have done a fantastic job in helping us bring the Canon Photo Hub and Photo Stop installations at Vivid Sydney to life. At every stage from the initial brief through to the finished installations ExpoNet have been incredibly helpful, being both proactive and reactive to our many design and budget requirements along the way. The installations have been a huge success at Vivid Sydney and a big part of this is due to ExpoNet..."

Jim Delahunty, ExpoNets CEO said of the custom installations, "Our team takes pride in offering our clients and visitors to their brand activations the best quality project management, materials and craftsmanship. We strive to inspire our clients with the highest quality, most innovative and cost effective solutions that will help promote their brand."

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This custom project was delivered by ExpoNet for BEcause Brand Experience on behalf of Woolworths for their annual exhibit at Sydneys Royal Easter Show held 10 - 23 April, 2014 at Sydney Showground.

With close to 900,000 visitors to the Royal Easter Show in Sydney annually and a large portion visiting the Woolworths Fresh Food Dome, the ExpoNet team constructed a robust environment that was above all else welcoming and engaging. The Woolworths stand was presented with the Gold award by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW for the Best Commercial Stand.

BEcause Brand Experience approached ExpoNet to:

  • Project manage, provide graphics, production and construction of this complex and innovative stand in order to promote Woolworths position within the fresh food and grocery industry to attendees at the Easter Show.
  • Interpret BEcauses creative brief in order to create a fresh food market look and feel.
  • Develop an environment that would showcase Woolworths range of product categories. The activation aimed to inspire customers, entice them to sample fresh products and produce and educate them on how to recreate fresh and healthy recipes at home.
  • Partner in building upon the previous years achievements by delivering the Woolworths stand which was an inspiring, interactive and educational experience at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.


  • ExpoNet manufactured and installed the entire 440sqm area including custom and signage elements of the Woolworths area within the Woolworths Fresh Food Dome.
  • The ExpoNet team took a collaborative approach in interpreting the BEcause vision to design and create 9 distinct zones within the space showcasing Woolworths product offerings including: Meat, Deli, Chiller, Woolworths Gold brand range of artisan products, Produce, Bakery as well as a Live Demonstration area, interactive Kids Zone where kids were invited to plant seeds and make their own herb garden.
  • Each market zone provided a visual and sensory space for visitors to interact and sample products.
  • Construction of custom manufactured elements throughout the Woolworths area to create the country market look and feel.
  • The custom stand featured a farm fresh feel using interesting and innovative materials not normally used in an exhibition or show environment including painted corrugated iron, painted v-grooved plywood, themed wall papers and coloured laminates.
  • Even the flooring was unconventional utilising artificial turf, gold and beech coloured vinyl.
  • ExpoNet sourced new and innovative props and products to help style the stand to complement the overall country farmers market theme using garden beds, picket fences, roofing canopies and tyres.
  • The signage was custom manufactured from timber and chalkboard to fit in with the theme.
  • Extensive use of custom printed graphics and branding placed throughout the Woolworths area utilising the ample airspace and creating a strong visual reference to the stand – viewable from a great distance over the crowds.

Certainly no project is without challenges and the team welcomed the opportunity to extend beyond previous achievements to construct a visually stunning and interactive area for BEcause on behalf of Woolworths. The sourcing and use of unusual materials, props and flooring throughout the stand raised the bar of traditional delivery and helped to create a welcoming area for thousands of visitors to the Woolworths Fresh Food Dome.

From the get go, ExpoNet understood the vision we had for the Woolworths Fresh Food Showcase stand at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. The brand wanted to bring to life their fresh food credentials and hero their fresh Australian produce and products. Our vision was a fresh food market, designed to inspire and educate show goers. ExpoNet understood that the stand needed to feel real to deliver on the idea. They suggested innovative materials to bring through different textures and ensured that there was a real level of craftsmanship in production of the stand. Lead times as always were an issue, however this did not compromise any of the production quality. We thoroughly enjoyed working in partnership with ExpoNet to deliver a show stopping experience.
Meredith Cranmer, Managing Partner, BEcause Brand Experience

Exponet Team enters the coveted hall of fame with MEA National award win

Exponet Team enters the coveted hall of fame with MEA National award winThe ExpoNet team was elated to enter the Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) Hall of Fame winning the national award in the Exhibition Services category for the third consecutive year.

ExpoNet were national winners for years 2011, 2012 & 2013.

A previous winner of the prestigious Platinum Award, ExpoNet, the exhibition and event supplier was recognised for its outstanding provision of products and services to the conference, meeting and exhibition industry at the gala awards celebration held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Jim Delahunty, CEO, ExpoNet was delighted saying the announcement, which marked the third consecutive MEA Award win at a national level, was welcome recognition of the dedication of ExpoNets team of professionals from across the companys branches in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane/Gold Coast.

"Over the years our team has worked tirelessly to raise the bar in professional delivery of exhibitions and events, to partner more effectively with our clients and to continually strive for innovation" said Delahunty.

"To achieve our goal and enter the MEAs Hall of Fame is a wonderful testament to the teams hard work and we look forward to continuing to deliver exceptional, high impact exhibitions and events in Australia and beyond."

The Exhibition Services category was open to providers of design and construction of custom built displays, the provision of shell scheme booths, graphics, signage, furniture, audio visual and lighting for public & trade exhibitions, meetings with exhibitions or road shows. The independent judging panel assessed entrants on their ability to use creativity and innovation in managing challenges, identifying key industry opportunities, their contribution to the meetings and events industry and overall professional excellence.

The MEA National Council introduced the MEA Hall of Fame to recognise those entrants that have been successful in an award category for three consecutive years. ExpoNet was the recipient of the coveted Platinum Award at the 2011 MEA Awards event. The Platinum Award is given to the National Award winner that earned the highest overall point score.

ExpoNet and Sydney Showground Partner on Lounge Refurbishment

ExpoNet and Sydney Showground have partnered on a project to revitalise and refurbish the Sydney Showground Lounge cafe. The Lounge café, a prominent hub at the Showground has been overhauled to bring the area up to date with the latest in restaurant interior design.

With a broad brief from Sydney Showground to design a new concept for their café area, ExpoNet relished the opportunity to extend its growing reputation for delivering high quality non-exhibition projects. The ExpoNet design team produced an on trend concept and render that blew Sydney Showground management away.

With a focus on providing a modern twist on a vintage and rustic Parisian interior design feel, the key elements featured:

  • Custom made rustic, recycled walnut timber café and coffee table tops with vintage metal features.
  • Iconic, industrial, Parisian style café dining chairs.
  • Custom made signage adhered to the entry glass doors designed to marry in with the overall theme.
  • An abundance of industrial metal lighting hung over the central area of the Café.
  • Chalkboard wall display.
  • Planter boxes behind the counter to add a natural and fresh element.
  • A mixture of lounge and café style seating.
  • The introduction of timber outdoor seating to capitalise on the views and utilise the space to its full potential.
  • Intricate rope feature hung from the ceiling.

One of the main aims of the design was to provide an ambient, welcoming environment for patrons but also modernise and energise the space. Functionality was a key aspect of the brief and design. Particular attenti