BUSINESS leaders, politicians and bureaucrats all made a pilgrimage to the seaside town of Lorne.
The occasion was the Victorian Transport Association 2018 State Conference, an event usually held at the start of winter but this time was rescheduled for a pleasant autumn timeslot.
As always there were important issues of policy to discuss, including issues relating to the West Gate Tunnel, the North East Link and the new Melbourne Metro.
But there was also a healthy social element with a barbecue on the Sunday evening with the setting sun and the calming sounds of the ocean making for a pleasant backdrop.
This was followed by a full dinner on the Monday night where guests were able to let down their hair after a solid day of talks.
All in all it was a pleasant occasion, with not even a group of protestors detracting from the enjoyment.