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Two Days in One Day

Have you ever felt that there was no time left in the day to complete all the tasks necessary to conduct your business tasks?

If you have ever wondered if there is a way to help offset this time poor scenario, I believe that I have the answer!

Early in my hospitality career (all of 25 years of age), my ex Father in Law Fred Mills would tell me;

“….when I was getting tired  I must have been working more than 4 hours in a stint!”

What? No-one worked those hours in a shift, let alone in a day in the 60’s/early 70’s, and if you did you’d most likely be forgiven for thinking that you would eventually end up selling the Hotel. 

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Denis & Tricia Horgan Awarded AHA Industry Achievement

Bradley Woods - AHA(WA) CEOAmongst a night of great food and beverage, it was my great pleasure to announce the 2015 Winners of the WA Hospitality Supplier Awards Industry Achievement Award.  This Award is considered such a prestigious award as it recognises and celebrates the contribution made by icons of our industry.

This year, our joint winners were a husband and wife team who have significantly contributed to Western Australian wine tourism being recognised amongst the best in the world; Denis and Tricia Horgan of Leeuwin Estate.

A little bit of history about Denis and Tricia Horgan:

  • In the late 1960s Denis and Tricia bought a commercial plumbing business and an accompanying parcel of land in Margaret River which originally served as a cattle farm. In 1972, following an extensive search for an area to produce the best varietal wines in Australia, legendary American winemaker, Robert Mondavi, identified the former cattle yard as being ideal.
  • In 1974, with Mondavi as mentor and consultant, they established the property as Leeuwin Estate, the fifth founding winery of Margaret River. Leeuwin enjoyed its first commercial vintage in 1979.
  • Leeuwin Estate quickly earned an international reputation for making wines that rank alongside the world’s finest and was thrust into the international spotlight when Decanter Magazine gave its highest recommendation to the 1980 “Art Series” Chardonnay in an international blind tasting.
  • A pioneer in the business of Wine Tourism, Denis and Tricia’s vision lead to Leeuwin incorporating a multi award winning restaurant, Art Gallery, and staging numerous special events throughout the year, welcoming in excess of 120,000 visitors annually.
  • In 1985 they invited the London Philharmonic Orchestra to perform – launching the tradition of the Leeuwin Concert Series. Described as “the most extraordinary concerts ever held in Australia” the Leeuwin Concerts have featured an eclectic mix of the world’s finest musicians and entertainers including international orchestras, Ray Charles, Diana Ross, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, k.d lang, Simply Red and Sting.
  • Celebrating the Art of Fine Wine, Leeuwin Estate adorns the labels of its premium wines with paintings commissioned from Australia’s leading contemporary artists. Over 150 original artworks now make up the collection that is displayed in the Art Gallery at the Winery.

I am very privileged to celebrate Denis and Tricia’s commitment of adhering to excellence, which has this year has earned the Estate an outstanding international reputation as well as the award this evening. Leading Australian wine commentator, James Halliday, has written, “Leeuwin Estate is a class act, every facet of its business working with the precision of a Swiss watch. It stands at the very forefront of estate-based, family owned wineries.”

Both Denis and Tricia, are dual recipients of Western Australia’s highest wine industry and tourism awards and have both been admitted to the Order of Australia for their contribution to the wine and tourism industries.

I congratulate Denis and Tricia again for their win at the 2015 WA Hospitality Supplier Awards, and wish them even further success in their years to come at Leeuwin Estate.

Bradley Woods
AHA(WA) CEO/Executive Director

Approved Manager Questions – Getting Your ID Card

Hi All,

In the AHA(WA) Training Department, one of the most popular FAQ’s we receive is from trainees that need to know where to get their Approved Manager ID card.

See below for my answer!

I need to get my Approved Manager ID card, do I get that from the AHA?

The Approved Manager ID card is obtained by applying to the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor. The application process begins on the Departments website and then is completed when you take your application summary to an Australia Post outlet where they will finalise the application process for you.

For general information please call the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor on 08 9425 1888 or www.rgl.wa.gov.au.

For information regarding the Approved Manager process, click here for further information.

We hope this Training Tip helps you when you are at the step of requesting your Approved Manager Card.

The AHA has a dedicated Training FAQ page on their website, so if you need instant information remember to check in there first!

Alecia Stubbs
Training Manager



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