Finders Keepers, CIA sweepers

Event: SS /17 The Finders Keeper Market
Venue: Royal Exhibition Building Melbourne
Dates: 21 – 22 October 2017

The Finders Keepers Market has been steadily growing since 2010. It is a massive three day event, featuring over 250 independent art and design stalls in the world renowned Royal Exhibition Building in the Carlton Gardens. Shoppers and lovers of design can expect to find artisan products from local makers, as well as talented favourites from all around Australia.

The Finders Keepers team carefully curates each market to provide a unique offering that feature exciting new talent and debut stalls at every event. With dedicated food and beverage stalls, live music, two bars, three stations serving fresh coffee and Melbourne’s favourite Food Trucks, it is a bustling environment with something for everyone to enjoy!

CIA have been on hand to provide the cleaning services since 2014, and it is certainly one our favourite events to work for as the CIA team enjoy the atmosphere and working with the lovely organizers to ensure the incredible REB venue is kept clean throughout. Finders Keepers National Events Manager, Lindsay Pepper worked with our Customer Service team, including our own Lindsey, to plan and oversee our service while the brilliant front line team, headed by Darren, Bill and Lucky executed with their usual excellence and good nature.

There is a great sense of satisfaction when clients acknowledge our teams’ efforts and we thank Lindsay for her generous appraisal; “The CIA team were an absolute pleasure to work with over the weekend of our Finders Keepers Design Market event at the Royal Exhibition Building. No job too big or errand too small. The team blends in seamlessly with our event and help to make it run efficiently and effectively from a frontline perspective. Providing a clean, tidy and professional event to our tens of thousands of audiences is so critical to us here at Finders Keepers Market and CIA help us deliver on this quality.”

Period perfection for Pre-sale Presentation.

Scope of work: Extensive repair and maintenance inside and out, new colour palette for both interior and exterior, new carpets, replacement kitchen floor vinyl with tiles, window furnishings and light fittings. Existing contents edit, new furniture and styling.

Result: Sold for nearly $300k above reserve, and was over 4 x ROI.

Client testimonial: “Mum and Dad’s house looks amazing after the care and attention to detail from the CIA team. Richard and Marcus coordinated the project from beginning to end with very tight deadlines. Richard listened to what we wanted and guided us to find a solution that suited the market. Marcus was able to find a solution to all problems as they arose. They were the dream team to work with. We are so pleased with the auction result.”

Upon entering for the first time this Camberwell home, situated in a picturesque period streetscape, one was almost overwhelmed by the richness of the antique and art filled interior. The strategy for this pre-sale presentation was to retain some of the welcoming splendor while updating the interior and exterior to appeal to both an older empty nester and a younger buyer ready to create their family home. From the first consultation where the project scope was decided, the editing process began so that the vendor family could commence the task of removing furniture and decor items that would not be retained in the final styling.

A mixture of classic and more contemporary furniture was brought in to complement the elegant antiques and period pieces. Completing the works in a five week period, in the middle of a cold, rainy Melbourne winter is not an easy task and requires tight project management and the reliance of an excellent team of professionals to get the job done.

This elegant family home is highlighted by beautiful and lush gardens delivering an instantly appealing living environment of the highest quality. Combining visual impact with immaculate presentation following the total refurbishing has created a lasting impression.

Watch the stunning video Marshall White created to showcase the property.

CIA, flying the flag with pride for Midsumma 2017.


Events: Midsumma Carnival – Jan 15, 2017
Midsumma Pride March & Catani Gardens – Jan 29, 2017

Midsumma Festival is Melbourne’s largest DGS (Diverse Gender and Sexuality) festival and 2017 celebrates their 30th year. Planning for this year commenced with a new Festival team in place and CIA were fortunate to be awarded the contract to provide cleaning and waste management services to the biggest signature events – Midsumma Carnival and Midsumma Pride March.

The Festival opened with Carnival, an all-day-and-night party-in-the-park at Melbourne’s Alexandra Gardens. On a glorious summer Sunday, the day attracted a record crowd of over 110,000 basking in sunshine to a buzzing collection of live music and performance set over two stages. It’s a day filled with family-fun activities, community stalls, great eats, fresh brews and bars, picnics and pets.

As the sun goes down, Midsumma Carnival turns into T Dance. This is an outdoor dance party, with a diverse line-up of DJ’s and performers.

The crowds were friendly, well behaved and partied until 10pm. Once the revellers left the event the CIA team set about the task of clearing the lawns and emptying the bins to return the gardens to their former as quickly as possible.

With a herculean effort over 8 tonnes of waste was bagged, binned ready for collection and the lawns were cleared of loose rubbish by 2am Monday morning. With a team working throughout Monday to ensure all litter was removed from garden beds and lawns, walkways scrubbed and pressure washed, the site was returned in good condition to the City of Melbourne.

Pride March

Midsumma Festival concludes with the Pride March, now in its 22nd year as a celebration of LGBTIQ pride in Victoria. Forty-five thousand people attended Midsumma Pride March, which saw 190 marching groups make their way down Fitzroy Street, St Kilda to Catani Gardens for celebrations, speeches and awards.

In a Pride first, a queer Indigenous group lead the march, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander group led Pride followed by the Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten and family, and Premier Daniel Andrews and his wife.

CIA were there, not actually marching with, but marching behind, keeping all areas from the marshalling oval, down Fitzroy Street to, and including Catani Gardens clean and rubbish free.

A spokesperson from Midsumma said the Festival is thrilled with the success of the 22nd Pride March with many people claiming it as one of the best ever.

The CIA Event management team worked closely with Production Manager Gavin Faull, to deliver a seamless operation for our first Midsumma and were very satisfied with the outcomes achieved in excellent time, with a minimum of stress for all stakeholders.

CEO Karen Bryant summed up their gratitude with “Whilst I was not previously involved in these events we have received wonderful feedback from board members who were involved in previous years who felt that the cleaning services were some of the best ever provided to Midsumma.

We are aware that these two events of ours are quite mammoth with regards to their cleaning management needs and both Production Manager and myself were thrilled with the service provided by CIA across both events and the high level of professionalism and organisation in all preparations and execution.”


Credit: Author, Rachel Cook