About Us

Dee Dimmick and Emmanuel Economidis are the owners of All Access Crewing Pty Ltd, which has operated since 1995 supplying support personnel to the Entertainment Industry.

Until a few years ago, the Australian Entertainment Industry was not regarded as a mature section of the business community. Invariably entertainers and their support crew were dismissed as a fringe society and certainly there were a large proportion of people involved in the Entertainment Industry whose livelihoods were insecure and many unsafe work practices were condoned.

It became All Access’ purpose to establish a complete professional outfit that would establish work place standards, provide a climate where people could plan a career and improve the perception of association with the Entertainment Industry. We also provided accredited training to our workers to gain qualifications for their skills.

Retirement plans and superannuation were not a part of any of the planning on behalf of the workers in the early years of the Australian Industry.

With all of this history in mind, Roadies Retreat Inc (RRI) was created as an independent organisation for the purpose of establishing a secure future for ageing stagehands. Within the Entertainment Industry As a not-for profit entity and for the benefit of ageing stagehands to relieve poverty and homelessness.

Our Committee

For Roadies Retreat Inc, volunteering is simply part of the fabric and ethos of what we do and how we do it.  Volunteering needs to be recognized and promoted as a three-way process, bringing benefits to the roadies, the volunteers and the organisation.

All committee members are volunteers and we thank them for their continuing commitment.

Dee Dimmick

President

Dee has been in the music industry since the 70s and 80s performing in bands and working as floor staff at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre and in the 90s creating All Access Crewing. This was a first to market crewing company owned and operated by a female in Australia. She started from a one bedder sleep out and developed a well-known and respected service to all major promoters, nationally and…

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Niki Michell

Vice President

Having been in the construction industry for over 20 years and a part time roadie for 10 years I couldn’t wait to put my hand up for this fantastic initiative. Now a full time roadie and part time sustainable living enthusiast it’s far more than an opportunity to help others, it’s an opportunity to learn, teach and create alongside wonderful likeminded friends.

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Chrissy Dimmick

Secretary

After joining the entertainment industry straight out of high school, this is not originally what she thought she would be doing for the following 21 years of her life, however she wouldn’t have it any other way. After working alongside many roadies on countless local gigs and touring the country and then onto touring the world, Chrissy’s gotten to see and know many roadies from many different walks of life.…

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Sean Hegarty

Treasurer

Sean is an accounting partner at MSI Taylor Business Services and has been involved in the industry in this capacity for almost 20 years. He has worked with both the crewing companies and also crew members with their taxation needs. Over this time he has garnered a lot of information in regards to the industry and its issues. It’s great to see Roadies Retreat formed to assist those in the…

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Ben Dimmick

Fundraising Manager

Ben comes from a diverse background of workplaces under the hospitality and entertainment banners, having worked previously at The Gabba, Brisbane Racing Club and All Access Crewing. The latter of which he has been with for over 10 years. “Having seen and worked first-hand with workers within these industries I have seen the various challenges faced by them both in and out of the workforce. I am passionate about helping…

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Ross Caruso

Projects & Operations Manager

Ross , started his roadie experience back in 2009 just trying to make an extra buck whilst doing a full time role in construction. He’s grateful for what this industry has given him to date, many friends and lots of memories. He is putting back into this industry by now coming onboard as the Project Manager for Roadies Retreat. He looks forward to creating a space where you can go…

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Paul Hocking

Projects & Operations

Paul joined the building industry after leaving school, gaining knowledge and experience in all aspects of that industry to confidently become a “jack of all trades” He started in the entertainment industry in 1995 with KeyCrew and worked with them on the Gladiator series in 1996 and 1997. He then went on to work on the Australian Tour of Happy Days Arena Spectacular in 1999. Paul then went on to…

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John Law

Media & Communications Manager

John has been involved in the industry as local crew for 6 and half years and has fallen in love with the industry and the wide range of experiences that it brings in this time he has helped set up the largest of international acts to the smallest of community theatre events assisting in helping set up the Audio, Video, Lighting Pyro, Carps, Automation and sometimes roles as a Team…

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Megan Brooks

Women’s Affairs

Megan came to our industry late with no specific background related to what we do. Like many of us, she found she loved it. She has worked at all local crew levels from grunt to technical staff. She is a single mum. Her daughter was born well after she became a roadie. In this respect, Megan brings an insight to the subcommittee of the pressures faced by many women in…

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Tamara Kalocsai

Women’s Affairs/Secretary

Tamara is a career roadie who has extensive experience in all facets of concert and theatre production. She has undertaken roles from audio, lighting, staging and wardrobe crew to stage manager, tour manager and tour coordinator. Having worked for Disney, Cirque du Soleil, QLD Arts Council, QLD Theatre Company and countless other organisations, Tamara has the kind of broad experience best suited to overseeing this sub-committee. She is currently studying…

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Don MacDonald

Media & Communications

His name is “Audio” Don and he’s a relative new comer to this industry, only being here for just over 5 years, after spending 10+ years as a welder he decided to follow his passion in music, he also brings his drafting and photographic skills to the project.

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Aaron Masterson

Cultural Liaison

Aaron is a jack of all trades in our industry. He is one of those people that you can give any task to, and he will adapt and overcome any circumstance to make sure the job is done correctly and on time. He has developed an interest in cultural affairs as an ongoing learning process. His initial focus is in learning the traditions of the original custodians of the land…

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Advisors of Cultural Affairs

We respectfully acknowledge Aboriginal Elders and communities as the original and continual custodians of this land; of all that is seen and unseen, past, present and emerging. We also acknowledge Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Australia’s multicultural communities for their invaluable contribution to Australia’s cultural diversity. We have a number of Cultural Advisors on board with Roadies Retreat to guide us in all aspects of our Multicultural communities

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