Message from the Managing Director – Peter Costantini OAM
There is much research showing vacations are essential for re-balancing and topping-up our limited pool of cognitive resources.
Our daily lives - whether in business, government or politics - act as a constant drain to our cognitive resources, impacting on productivity, creativity and critical thinking. Having well-timed breaks with a change in pace, where your normal routine is interrupted, is important (e.g. no emails, phones calls, weekend chores, etc.). So what has this to do with politics? Not much really, rather it’s a chance for me to highlight one of my best ever short breaks (without mobile phones and data for six days).
The 70km-plus Overland Track, with its many sidetracks, is the most spectacular, multi-day wilderness hike in Australia, and up there with the great hikes of the world. The six days took us through the world heritage listed Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair National Park, through stunning alpine country with towering peaks, glacial lakes and fairy-tale style mountain landscapes. It is home to some of the most significant ancient cool temperature rain forests, open heath country, and stunning eucalypt forests.
I ventured out in late May – and yes, it was a tad chilly for a Queenslander. But perhaps spare a thought to another SAS Group Director Larry Anthony who has booked in for an Overland Track winter hike in July, where he is guaranteed to be snow hiking for much of his time in the National Park.
I confess that the trip was not all vacation, providing the opportunity for face-to-face meetings on behalf of clients with a number of government representatives in Hobart. In a world of Teams and Zoom meetings, it was great to be able to meet with these colleagues again in person. Staying on Tasmanian matters, the SAS Group would also like to congratulate the Premier Peter Gutwein and his team for their successful re-election in late May. The Liberal Government secured a majority 13 seats, with the ALP at nine, the Greens at two and one Independent.