NDIS Q&A Workshop
Sep
3
10:30 AM10:30

NDIS Q&A Workshop

STEPS Autism Treehouse - NDIS Q&A Workshop with Yuki and Chelsea.

When
Tuesday 3rd September 2019 at 10:30am - 12:30pm

Where
The Bluff Room
167 Alexandra Parade , Alexandra Headland, QLD 4572

Cost

Free (includes morning tea)

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. 

Visit www.dss.gov.au for more information.

Limited places

This workshop is limited to 40 attendees, so book your place today.

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STEPS Sunshine Coast Autism Seminar - Presented by Eloff & Andrews Clinical Psychology
Oct
25
9:00 AM09:00

STEPS Sunshine Coast Autism Seminar - Presented by Eloff & Andrews Clinical Psychology

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This year STEPS Autism Treehouse will be hosting the inaugural STEPS Sunshine Coast Autism Seminar - Presented by Eloff & Andrews Clinical Psychology, bringing Australia’s most renowned experts in autism research and support practice together in one space. 

Join us for this special event with keynote speaker Professor Tony Attwood together with a panel of experts to discuss the latest information on autism and Asperger’s for families and professionals.

We know that providing the community with knowledge and understanding is fundamental to providing the best support possible for people living with autism.

We are privileged to partner with local allied health providers and renowned national and international experts to deliver insightful workshops to help families and professionals keep up to date with the latest information.

• Keynote speaker & panel of experts

• Information booths & educational resources

• Cognitive Abilities: A different way of thinking & learning profile.

• Strategies to reduce being bullied & teased

• Behaviour specialist available on the day for one on one consultations


WHEN
Friday 25th October, 2019 from 9am - 3:30pm
Registrations open from 8am

WHERE
Maroochy RSL
105 Memorial Ave, Maroochydore , QLD 4558

COST
Early Bird Tickets: $120 (ends August 31)
General Tickets: $150
Includes morning tea and lunch

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Parent / Carer Social Club Morning Tea
Aug
20
10:00 AM10:00

Parent / Carer Social Club Morning Tea

Join us for morning tea, our shout!

If you are a parent or carer with a family member living with Autism we would love to see you there.

This is a great opportunity to meet others who understand the challenges you face, but also the joy that Autism brings to our lives. 

We're looking forward to providing a welcoming space to share knowledge, ideas and a few laughs! 

Please RSVP below

Look forward to seeing you there!

Venue: Izba Cafe, Birtinya

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July Workshop
Jul
19
10:00 AM10:00

July Workshop

Sleep in Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

In this workshop, Elise Osborne, registered psychologist and key therapist in Eloff & Andrews Clinical Psychology's Children & Teens service, passionately educates parents about sleep strategies for children with ASD, and how to better understand the relationship between ASD and ADHD. 

Elise works extensively with children and adolescents with anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Workshop presented by Elise Osbourne - Psychologist, BBehavSc(Psych), GradDipPsychSt, BSc(Hons)(Psych), MProfPsych

Cost: $10 per person

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STEPS Autism Treehouse Self Defence Program - EVENT FULLY BOOKED
Jul
17
3:30 PM15:30

STEPS Autism Treehouse Self Defence Program - EVENT FULLY BOOKED

As part of our Positive Autism Connection Program we are fully funding self defence classes with South East Self Defence for children living with Autism aged between 6-17 years of age.
Participants gain skills in self defence while building confidence and resilience in a safe, supportive and welcoming environment.

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED!

WHEN
Weekly classes commencing: Wednesday 17th July
Time: 3.30 pm - 4.15 pm
WHERE
Location: 18 Technology Drive, Warana
COST
 FREE (for 2 terms)

Please join us for this special course, book to secure your place.
Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.
Visit
www.dss.gov.au for more information.

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Parent / Carer Social Club Morning Tea
Jun
13
10:00 AM10:00

Parent / Carer Social Club Morning Tea

Join us for morning tea, our shout!

If you are a parent or carer with a family member living with Autism we would love to see you there.

This is a great opportunity to meet others who understand the challenges you face, but also the joy that Autism brings to our lives. 

We're looking forward to providing a welcoming space to share knowledge, ideas and a few laughs! 

Please RSVP below

Look forward to seeing you there!

Venue: The Alex Surf Club (The Bluff Bar)

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Workshop by Dr Tom Tutton - Positive Behaviour Support (for teachers)
May
16
4:00 PM16:00

Workshop by Dr Tom Tutton - Positive Behaviour Support (for teachers)

We are proud to have Autism specialist Dr Tom Tutton presenting at our next workshop this May. 

Dr Tom Tutton is a trained Clinical Psychologist specialising in supporting individuals on the Autism Spectrum & will be presenting on the topic of Positive Behaviour Support. Tom has worked for Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) since 2006. Tom is the manager of Aspect’s Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) services and an Aspect Practice Specialist.

Cost: FREE

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Visit www.dss.gov.au for more information.

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Workshop by Dr Tom Tutton - Positive Behaviour Support (for parents & carers)
May
16
10:00 AM10:00

Workshop by Dr Tom Tutton - Positive Behaviour Support (for parents & carers)

We are proud to have Autism specialist Dr Tom Tutton presenting at our next workshop this May. 

Dr Tom Tutton is a trained Clinical Psychologist specialising in supporting individuals on the Autism Spectrum & will be presenting on the topic of Positive Behaviour Support. Tom has worked for Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) since 2006. Tom is the manager of Aspect’s Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) services and an Aspect Practice Specialist.

Cost: $55 per person including morning tea

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Trek for Autism
Apr
28
9:00 AM09:00

Trek for Autism

Vantage Homes presents the 2nd Annual Trek for Autism

Enjoy the challenge of trekking from Coolum Beach to Alexandra Headland surrounded by friends and fellow supporters of STEPS Autism Treehouse in one of our favourite fundraisers of 2019. Help us continue to provide support to Coast families by raising money locally and keeping it local.

We're so excited to announce this great event as part of Autism Awareness month April 2019.

Registrations are limited. Be sure to secure your place now. Half Trek option also available.

Important note for registered trekkers:
Registration bag collection is on Wednesday 24 April 3-6pm at The Bluff Room, Alex Surf Club. 

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Maranatha Autism Adventure Day Camp
Apr
18
10:00 AM10:00

Maranatha Autism Adventure Day Camp

Join STEPS Autism Treehouse for a fun day of adventure, learning new skills and making friends.

We'll be enjoying ropes courses, bushcraft and more!

Thursday 18 April 2019 10am – 3pm.

MARANATHA RECREATIONAL CAMP, WAPPA FALLS ROAD, YANDINA.

Registrations are now OPEN.

For your ticket or for more information, please contact STEPS Autism Treehouse on  autism@stepsgroup.com.au or (07) 5409 9014.

See you there!

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Autism Workshop Bundaberg - Professor Tony Attwood
Apr
5
9:00 AM09:00

Autism Workshop Bundaberg - Professor Tony Attwood

We are proud to be bringing the incredible Professor Tony Attwood to Bundaberg!

As one of the world’s leading experts on Autism and Asperger’s Professor Attwood will be discussing the following topics:
MAKING FRIENDS: Strategies to improve social understanding and friendships skills.
ADOLESCENT ISSUES FOR TEENAGERS WITH AN ASD LEVEL 1 (ASPERGER’S SYNDROME) 
and also touching on MANAGING CHALLENGING BEHAVIOUR IN CHILDREN WITH AUTISM 
Cost: 
$135 Early Bird
$150 General

Includes morning tea and lunch.

Friday 5 April 2019 at 9am-3.30pm

Location: The Waves Sports Club
1 Miller Street, Bundaberg, QLD 4670

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Treehouse Teen Social Club
Mar
1
to Apr 5

Treehouse Teen Social Club

Our Treehouse Teens Social Club is a group for Teenagers living with ASD aged between 12 - 18 years.

A great way to make new friends and get involved in some fun activities.

Our Teen Social Club meets fortnightly on Fridays from 5pm - 7pm.

Junior Teens - Start Friday 1st March

Senior Teens - Start Friday 7th March

Cost: $5/night to cover a light shared snack

To request a registration form please email autism@stepsgroup.com.au

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Dec
9
9:00 AM09:00

Vantage Homes Presents the 5th Annual Treehouse Christmas Party

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It's on again!! Our much anticipated event of the year and the biggest disability Christmas Party on the Sunshine Coast!

A huge thank you to our wonderful naming rights partner for the third year running, Vantage Homes QLD, such wonderful supporters of the community and of STEPS Autism Treehouse!

Join us for a fun filled family day out hosted by STEPS Autism Treehouse! 

Get bouncing in our Funland Playground, take a ride on the chair swing or try your balance on the mechanical surf board.

Get wet in our dunk tank then head over and hit the water slide! Don't forget your swimmers!

Fancy getting your face painted? - a butterfly? Spiderman? Take your pick! Then grab a balloon animal on your way past to the 'Chill out Zone' where you can take a load off and put your feet up in our bean bag area for a well earned rest before heading off for a pony ride or to the slime zone to get a little messy! 

So grab your family and friends and join us for a fully inclusive, supportive and welcoming fun day hosted by STEPS Autism Treehouse.

This annual event is one not to be missed!

Cost: $10/person as a donation to STEPS Autism Treehouse. (all activities and rides included, under 3's free)

 
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To celebrate Vantage Homes supporting the Treehouse Christmas Party for three years running, we’re excited to launch the VIP Kids Marquee competition!

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Oct
29
10:00 AM10:00

October Workshop Presented by Montrose

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This months workshop will be presented by Montrose and will focus on teaching independence for children and young people living with ASD. 


Presented by Occupational Therapists, Kate McMahon and Tegan Pinese, as well as Amanda Fairbank, Physiotherapist, this comprehensive talk will focus on motor skills, sensory processing, building independence and toileting. 

Cost: $10 per person and includes a light morning tea. 

Location: Best Western Kawana

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Oct
2
10:00 AM10:00

Maranatha Autism Adventure Day Camp - All Regions!

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This camp is open to all regions!

Join us at Maranatha Day Camp in Yandina for a day of high ropes courses, rocket ball, archery (for the older group) and bush craft! 

We will be running three groups on the day. Children living with ASD will be broken up into the following groups:

- 7 - 11 yrs

- 12 - 17 years

A seperate siblings group will also run at the same time.

* Parents/carers will be required to stay onsite 

* BYO lunch

Cost: $45/person

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Sep
26
to Oct 4

Learn to Bike Ride Program

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The Treehouse Learn to Ride Program is on again!

These sessions will be tailored to meet the objectives of each child but typically the common goal is to increase the children's motivation to ride their own bikes more frequently with improved skills. This could also include learning to ride a bike for the first time or transition from training wheels.

With very tailored instruction from an experienced instructor from Bike On, groups will be kept small, so limited spaces are available.

All equipment will be supplied including bikes in age appropriate sizes (plus helmets)

Location:

Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th September - Peregian Springs State School

Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th October - Caloundra State School Oval

Cost: $40 for 2 days ($20/session)

Time: 2pm - 3:30pm

Proudly Supported by Unitywater

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Sep
25
10:00 AM10:00

Maranatha Autism Adventure Day Camp

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We are excited to bring you a fun day out learning new skills, making friends, building confidence and having fun!

Join us at Maranatha Day Camp in Yandina for a day of high ropes courses, rocket ball, archery (for the older group) and bush craft! 

We will be running two groups on the day

- 7 - 11 yrs

- 12 - 17 years

* Parents/carers will be required to stay onsite 

* BYO lunch

Cost: Only $10!

Proudly funded by the Department of Social Services as part of the Positive Autism Connection Program

To be eligible registrants must reside between Maroochydore and Caloundra

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Sep
18
10:00 AM10:00

NDIS Workshop and Preplanning Session

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Join us as Kerry Staines, STEPS Group Executive Manager - Community Services and Brett Wolens Manager - Behaviour Support and Complex Client Intervention walk you through everything you need to know about the NDIS.

Kerry has extensive experience mentoring and supporting people with a disability or mental illness, and young people with behavioural challenges. Kerry’s approaches and understanding of supporting people towards a better life is invaluable to STEPS as the National Disability Insurance Scheme is rolled out in the communities we work. Her drive for finding innovative and sustainable opportunities echoes throughout the teams she works with and leads.

Brett has worked in the disability sector for over 30 years, working both within the Government and non-Government sector. Brett has extensive experience in providing positive behaviour support to individuals who exhibit challenging behaviour. He is highly experienced in providing specialised assistance and training to individuals with a disability, their families and staff, where the needs of an individual have been identified as complex and challenging.

Cost: Free

Location: Maroochy RSL

Please use the link below to RSVP for catering purposes (limited spaces)

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Aug
20
10:00 AM10:00

Presenting Dr Laura Bennett

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REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW FULL

Dr Bennett from Eloff and Andrews Clinical Psychology Presents -

Anxiety in Children and Teens with Autism

About this Workshop :

Worry and anxiety is a normal part of a child's development, but children and teenagers with autism spectrum disorder can experience anxiety more intensely and more often than other children. In this workshop, Clinical Psychologist, Dr Laura Bennett will talk about how you can help your child with autism to notice anxious feelings and then implement strategies for managing this anxiety. Laura will also discuss ways to talk to your other children about their sibling's anxiety so that they can better understand why their sibling is at times treated differently.

Bio:

Dr Laura Bennett is a Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience supporting children with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) and their families. Laura completed a professional doctorate in clinical psychology and neuropsychology and is a leading psychologist at Eloff & Andrews Clinical Psychology.

Cost: Free (includes a light morning tea and tea/coffee) Please RSVP for catering and seating requirements.

Location: The Bluff Room, Alex Surf Club

Time: 10am - 12pm

Proudly funded by the Department of Social Services as part of the Positive Autism Connections Program.

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Jul
27
to Aug 31

Treehouse and CAZA Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Program - Noosa

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Learn Jiu-Jitsu and have fun in a self defence program designed for children and young people living with Autism.

Located in Noosa, this 6-week program gives participants, aged 7 and up, a gentle introduction to self-defence.

Location: 157 Cooyar Street, Noosa Heads

Cost: $120/Term ($20/class, invoice will be issued)

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Jun
20
10:00 AM10:00

Kylie Martin - Chatter-boxes Speech Pathology

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Developing Social Language and Communication 

In this workshop Kylie will talk about the fundamentals of communication development, developing social language skills, using social stories to support social language development and much more!

Kylie is a Speech Pathologist at Chatter-boxes Speech Pathology. Having worked in the area for 15 years, Kylie has abundant experience in communication and social skills development in children with ASD and complex developmental needs. From teaching kids to talk, to using their talking to build friendships all the way to public speaking and beyond, Kylie is passionate about helping children reach for their potential.

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May
21
10:00 AM10:00

Helping Kids to Eat Presented by Justine Urbahn

Do you have a fussy eater? If you, like many families with children on the spectrum, said yes then make sure you come along to this highly informative workshop.

ARFID is a newly diagnosed eating disorder, previously known as selective eating disorder. Children with ARFID are extremely fussy eaters with limited diets. Justine's talk will focus on how ARFID develops and what strategies parents can use to help their children.

About Justine:

Justine studied a Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics at Flinders University in South Australia. Shortly after this she moved to London for 10 years where she studied paediatric nutrition. Upon arriving back in Australia with her family Justine set up her private practice. Justine continues to have a special interest in childhood nutrition but also enjoys seeing adults.

In 2016 along with Kylie Martin from Chatterboxes, Justine established Happy Eaters. Happy Eaters aims to help children with feeding difficulties. Many of the children seen at Happy Eaters have ARFID - a selective eating disorder where children have extremely limited diets. Justine's work with children with ARFID is extremely rewarding, her aim is to empower parents and carers to help their child eat a better diet.

Cost: $30 includes tea coffee and a light morning tea

Location: The Bluff Room, Alex Surf Club 

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Apr
20
9:00 AM09:00

Presenting Professor Tony Attwood

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! 

We are proud to be bringing the incredible Professor Tony Attwood to the Sunshine Coast!

In this Conference Tony will be discussing the following topics:

MAKING FRIENDS: Strategies to improve social understanding and friendships skills.

ADOLESCENT ISSUES FOR TEENAGERS WITH AN ASD LEVEL 1 (ASPERGERS SYNDROME)

and also touching on

MANAGING CHALLENGING BEHAVIOUR IN CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

Cost:

$115 Early Bird Tickets (up to 31st March)

$135 General Tickets

Venue: Caloundra RSL, 19 West Terrace, Caloundra.

Registration starting from 8:30 for a 9am start

About Tony:

Tony is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in autism spectrum disorders since he qualified as a clinical psychologist in England in 1975.  He currently works in his own private practice, and is also adjunct professor at Griffith University, Queensland and senior consultant at the Minds and Hearts clinic in Brisbane.  His book Asperger’s Syndrome – A Guide for Parents and Professionals has sold over 360,000 copies and has been translated into 22 languages.  His subsequent book, The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome, published in October 2006 has sold over 216,000 copies and has been translated into 18 languages, and is one of the primary textbooks on Asperger’s syndrome.  He has several subsequent books published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Future Horizons Inc. and Guilford Press.

Tony has been invited to be a keynote speaker at many Australasian and International Conferences.  He presents workshops and runs training courses for parents, professionals and individuals with Asperger's syndrome all over the world and is a prolific author of scientific papers and books on the subject.

He has worked with many thousands of individuals of all ages with Asperger's syndrome or an Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

 

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Apr
8
9:00 AM09:00

Vantage Homes Trek for Autism

Get your walking shoes on and join us as we Trek for Autism. Enjoy the challenge of trekking from Coolum to Mooloolaba surrounded by friends and fellow supporters of STEPS Autism Treehouse in one of our favourite fundraisers of 2018. Help us continue to provide support to Coast families by raising money locally and keeping it local.

Don't miss out, register today!

General Registration - $80

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Mar
7
9:30 AM09:30

March Workshop - Positive Behaviour Support and Management

Presenting Brett Wolens

STEPS Group Manager of Behaviour Support and Complex Client Interventions

During the workshop, we will explore Challenging Behaviour and it's contributing factors.

We will also explore the role of Sensory Processing Disorder. The workshop also provides some practical tips for you to take away.

Venue: Kawana Surf Club function room

Cost: $45 including tea/coffee and a light morning tea.

About Brett:

Brett Wolens has worked in the disability sector for over 30 years, working both within the Government and Non-Government sector. His career began working as a support worker with Individuals with a disability, mental health and ageing. Brett realised early in his career that he had a passion for understanding what drives individual behaviour. It wasn’t long before Brett become the Behaviour Support Officer and then Senior Program Officer within the Department of Communities. Brett then expanded his career and moved to the Non-Government sector in 2013, Managing Disability Support programs before becoming Manager Behaviour Support and Complex Client Interventions, with STEPS Group Australia.

Over the past 30 years, Brett has developed extensive experience in providing positive behavior support to individuals who exhibit Challenging Behavior. He is highly experienced in providing specialised assistance and training to individuals with a disability, their families and staff, where the needs of an individual have been identified as complex and challenging. Brett utilised the most recent evidence based practices and employs both positive behaviour support and simple psycho-educational approach to address challenging behaviour, while maintaining an explicit focus on quality of life. He has a well-respected reputation within the community sector, due to his passion for working with individuals who have complex behavior support needs and his commitment to individualised responses.

 

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Sep
12
6:00 PM18:00

An Evening with Kylie Martin- Chatter-boxes Speech Pathology

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Kylie is a Speech Pathologist at Chatter-boxes Speech Pathology. Having worked in the area for 15 years, Kylie has abundant experience in communication and social skills development in children with ASD and complex developmental needs. From teaching kids to talk, to using their talking to build friendships all the way to public speaking and beyond, Kylie is passionate about helping children reach for their potential.

 

In this presentation Kylie will cover the following: 

-fundamentals of communication development

-developing social language skills

-using social stories to support social language development

-top 5 ways to help your child master the art of conversation

Cost: $40 includes a light supper, tea/coffee, water and a selection of soft drink

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Aug
14
10:00 AM10:00

Workshop - Eloff & Andrews Clinical Psychologists

We are pleased to welcome Dr Johann Eloff and Dr Lize Andrews!

Dr Johann Eloff and Dr Lize Andrews are both clinical psychologists with extensive experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In their talk they will cover various practical strategies to help families cope with a diagnosis of ASD. They are also excited to share their top tips for ensuring parents maintain a healthy relationship whilst navigating the unique challenges associated with having a child on the spectrum.

Cost: $40/person including a light morning tea

Venue: The Bluff Room, Alex Surf Club

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