in conversation with David Kapay – Owner/Chef Miss Amelie 


If you were lucky enough to be in the audience yesterday, you will know what a treat our On the Couch conversation with David Kapay was.  He won us all over with his genuine, down to earth & engaging style.   He told of his start at The Grove in Wodonga, Paddy’s in Albury and the fateful plane flight to London which resulted in him walking into a job at Jamie Oliver’s restaurant/charity Fifteen.    We heard about the cultures of high profile celebrity kitchens and his desire to put Albury Wodonga on the foodie map in a big way, through Miss Amelie.

It was wonderful to have Year 12’s and young apprentices in the audience to see what is possible with talent, drive and a bit of luck along the way.

Thanks everyone for coming along & a huge thank you to David for giving your time so generously.  We loved it!






‘Having experienced a dysfunctional work ethic at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Melbourne, and an abusive kitchen culture within Gordan Ramsay’s London restaurant Maze..


.’ – Essentials Magazine, 14th July, 2016

Please join us in conversation with locally raised David Kapay as he takes us on an enlightening journey of his life as a Chef in some of the world’s most well-known restaurants.  Having lived in the UK for 5 years, David had the amazing opportunity of working for 2 famous and well regarded chef’s in the industry.   Jamie Oliver at restaurant Fifteen and Gordon Ramsay at Michelin Starred restaurant Maze.  Upon returning to Melbourne, David was appointed Head Chef at Fifteen followed by a senior role at the hatted restaurant The Stokehouse before moving to another hatted restaurant, Hare and Grace as Head Chef. The opportunity for David to bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our local dining scene arose in 2016 when Miss Amelie was born. 

It’s sure to be a fascinating hour as John Walker discusses with David his adventures in the dynamic kitchens he has worked in through-out the world and what has inspired him to return to his roots.  David and Miss Amelie are providing amazing opportunities for local businesses, the people and the community.  Visit Miss Amelie here


Sunday 20th May 2018
4.30pm – 6.30pm
Regent Cinemas, Dean St, Albury
$50 includes post event drink and light refreshment

This is a charity event to support Border Trust your local Community Foundation

Tickets available

Thank you to our generous sponsors

John Walker hosted a truly delightful, engaging and inspiring conversation with Suzanne Young at the Regent Cinema recently.  Fantastic venue, great audience and 90 minutes of insight into the life and thoughts of one of Australia’s most influential women.








Sydney Morning Herald, 18 Nov 2014

Once touted as ‘the most powerful woman in rugby league’ with the ‘toughest job in the NRL’, ex-Chief Operating Officer Suzanne Young has  led major change initiatives in some of our biggest companies including IAG, Qantas, the Commonwealth Bank and Unisys and served on the Boards of well known not for profit organisations including the McGrath Foundation and Surf Life Saving Australia.

Suzanne’s determination set her apart during her schooling at The Scots School Albury and it has continued to stand her in good stead to this day.

Enjoy a fascinating hour as John Walker speaks with Suzanne about juggling the competing demands of work, family, love and life, overcoming challenges and staying sane in this crazy world.

Saturday 13th May 2017
4.30pm – 7.00pm
Regent Cinemas, Dean St, Albury
$35 includes drink on arrival and finger food

Tickets available


Thank you to our generous sponsors



John Walker with Charles Waterstreet

John Walker with Charles Waterstreet


We thank our event host John Walker and all our event sponsors & guests. We especially thank our 2015 “famous local” CHARLES WATERSTREET.

Generously hosted by Regent Cinemas Albury Wodonga and presented by John Walker, the “Conversation” with Charles was lively and entertaining. The audience was afforded a rare insight into Charles’s early life in Albury and his schooling & university exploits. Charles shared stories from his career as a Criminal Barrister and anecdotes about the cases and characters he has defended.

Many of the audience members were aware of Charles involvement as a producer of theatre & films and as a publisher of two memoirs. His insights, revelations & disclosures certainly kept us entertained.

Border Trust would like to thank the 200 guests who generously supported this event which is our major fund raiser for the year.  These “on the Couch” events have proved a fantastic showcase for local personalities to shine and share their stories. We look forward to another great event in 2016…

Event Sponsors 2015


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Matina Jewell “On the Couch” at Regent Cinemas Albury

  CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE: An ‘on the couch’ conversation featuring Matina Jewell.

October 2014.   Border Trust was delighted to present our third annual On the Couch conversation and thank our featured guest,  retired UN Peacekeeper and extraordinary local, Matina Jewell.

Matina’s  distinguished military career culminated with a coveted posting to serve as part of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO) in the Middle East where she was “Caught in the Crossfire” when full-scale war erupted between Israel and Lebanon in 2006.  Today  Matina holds a number of distinguished Government and not for profit board positions. She lives locally in Wodonga with her husband and daughter.

John Matina

Our host John Walker steered the conversation with Matina’s images and movie clips prompting behind the scenes stories and intimate recollections.


Guests at Cinema

Guests enjoy refreshments prior to the presentation











Hume Raffle winner

Big Thanks to Hume Bank, our generous sponsors of $500 Raffle Prize. Winner Kerry Horsley (centre) with Glenys Atkins & Gemma Noordewier of Hume Bank.



Our special thanks to HUME BANK, and PHEIFFER WINES for donating prizes to our
“On the Couch” Raffle, drawn on the night.

The winner of the $500 Hume Bank Voucher prize is Kerry Horsley and the second prize of
one dozen Pheiffer Wines was won by Tony Jackson.



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Special thanks to our event partners and sponsors


An “On the Couch Conversation” with Barrie Cassidy.

May 2013: At the annual Border Trust “Ön the Couch” event where we interview a “Famous Local”, our audience was treated to fascinating stories and inside information.
Growing up in Chiltern, Barrie started his career straight out of high school as a cadet journalist with the Border Mail, Albury.Today he is one of Australia’s most experienced political commentators, having covered federal politics since the late 1970s. From that time he has been involved in twelve federal elections, two of them as senior adviser and press secretary to Prime Minister, Bob Hawke.
Barrie has worked as a foreign correspondent in political capitals, Washington and Brussels. He has hosted the ABC Television program, The 7.30 Report, has been host of Insiders for the past ten years, is a successful author and also hosts ABC Televisions sporting commentary program, Öffsiders.

Hosted by John Walker, the conversation and audio visual was entertaining and insightful giving all those in attendance a unique and vibrant look into the world of politics !

This event is a major fundraiser for Border Trust and we thank Barrie for his time and energy in making the event a great success.

Thank you to all who attended to support Border Trust and to our sponsors for their generous support.


John Walker hosts Barrie Cassidy on stage at Regent Cinema Albury Wodonga











Hon. Tim Fischer AC.


Border Trust introduced a special event – The “On the Couch Conversation with a Famous Local” in 2012, where our special guest was The Hon. Tim Fischer AC. Tim spoke with our convenor, John Walker about his 1,000 days in Rome as Australia’s first resident Ambassador to the Holy See, in Rome.

 P1000206The event was held at Regent Cinemas Albury Wodonga where an audience of close to 200 enjoyed a unique insight into life in Rome.

Our MC for the night, John Walker, guided the  conversation with Mr Fischer, which was an intimate and often quirky look at his time overseas. The Canonisation of Mary McKillop, the first journey of the Caritas Express from the Vatican’s own railway station, journeys further afield to places such as Jerusalem and the incredible library stored underneath the Vatican were all documented in photograph and personal stories.

This was a slide night unlike any other!

Border Trust warmly thanks everyone who attended the event together with our wonderful team of event sponsors: Regent Cinemas Albury, Hume Building Society, Pfeiffer Wines and Wodonga TAFE.