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Torquay's Long Tradie Lunch 2012

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by Catherine Van Bergen (subscribe)
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Plumbers. Carpenters. Electricians. Painters. Bricklayers.
This is one for all the tradespeople whose jobs ultimately make our lives a lot more comfortable. It doesn't matter whether they're fixing a broken pipe, putting in new light fittings or building an extravagant pergola for the backyard- they work hard to make our homes and workplaces functional and attractive. Sure, sometimes you may get a shifty character working for you, who charges a lot more than they should and ends up causing you strife, but, just as in any profession, they're in the minority.

Torquay's Long Tradie Lunch 2012

It only seems right that the tradies that are honest and hardworking should have the chance to be fully appreciated for what they do. That's why Torquay Mitre 10, the Surf Coast Times newspaper and Wyndham Torquay have joined forces to sponsor Torquay's Long Tradie Lunch, to be held at Wyndham Resort on The Esplanade on Friday August 17, 2012.

Torquay's Long Tradie Lunch 2012

Primarily a chance for tradies to get together, down their tools and relax, the 'lunch' (which runs from 11.30am until 5pm), is a celebration for the tradies of Torquay. Tickets for the event cost $50 and must be pre-purchased, as no tickets will be available on the day. They're on sale at the sites of each of the sponsors, and while some may think that $50 is a bit steep for a 'celebration', be rest assured that you'll get plenty of value for your money.

Torquay's Long Tradie Lunch 2012
Torquay's Wyndham Resort will be the place to be for all tradies on Friday August 17th

Besides entry to the event, you get one hour's pre-event drinks in the Barwon Room of the Wyndham Resort, as well as an additional one hour of drinks in the Zeally room during lunch (drinks will be at bar prices after this time). If you're anything at all like some of the tradies that I know, you should get your money's worth just in drinks alone! Lunch consists of a 350g porterhouse steak with vegetables and sides- a meal that any tradie (who isn't vegetarian or vegan) would approve of.
AFL Footy Show host (and former Geelong Cats legend) Billy Brownless will provide entertainment for all who attend, and guests have the chance to win $1000 cash in a raffle. Torquay Mitre 10 will also have ten giveaways throughout the day, which include power tools, timber, hoodies, and a lot more.
The lunch will be capped off with post event drinks (at 'locals' bar prices) and free finger food in the Sandbar.

Torquay's Long Tradie Lunch 2012
TV personality Billy Brownless will entertain the crowd

This is a fantastic opportunity for tradies to have a well-deserved day off, with plenty of booze, conversation, humour and prizes, all set in a swish upmarket hotel resort.
If you know a tradesperson in the Torquay or greater Geelong region who would like to start their weekend early and in the company of like-minded fellows, then you should buy them a ticket, as this is likely to be the perfect event for them.

Torquay's Long Tradie Lunch 2012
This is a great chance for tradies to kick off their work boots and put their feet up
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Why? To celebrate being a Torquay-based tradesperson
When: Friday 17 August, 2012 from 11.30am-5pm
Where: Wyndham Resort on The Esplanade, Torquay
Cost: $50 for a pre-purchased ticket from Torquay Mitre 10 (Baines Crt), the Surf Coast Times offices (95 Beach Rd) or Wyndham Resort (The Esplanade)
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