I just hit the "renew" button on the www.meetup.com/osgeo-aust-nz. There have been a couple of gatherings since I last mentioned the Aust-NZ group.
There was a bit of a different tone to the meet up in early November. We actually ran a couple of demos and feature comparisons (great work Nathan is doing on QGIS), got deep into 3D GIS issues, and people were kind enough to check over my "intro to GIS" slides.
Then we headed to the pub - as you do.
We are likely to change venue in the new year; and I am looking forward to the next gathering.
Cameron was kind enough to arrange a breakfast meet up in conjunction with Spatial@Gov. It was well attended we a people from a range of organisations present. Everyone was a bit distracted by the ongoing conference but it was good to hear a number of success stories as open source slowly creeps into wider use.