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Mackay, Queensland, 22–25 October 2018 2018

Pre-Conference Forums

Industry Forum

Monday, 22 October 2018, 9:00am - 4:30pm
8:00am - 9:30am

Registration  
South Foyer, MECC, Alfred Street

9:15am

Meet at MECC, Alfred Street, Mackay

9:30am

Depart MECC, Alfred Street, Mackay  
Embark on a short bus tour exploring recent redevelopments within Mackay City Centre and capital projects of regional significance, including:

  • Mackay City Centre Revitalisation Project ($18million)
  • Dudley Denny Library ($8.4million)
  • Mackay Waterfront Priority Development Area
  • Drive through Paget

Mackay Regional Sports Precinct ($23.9million)

10:30am

Morning Tea  
Rennie Fritschy Engineering Building, Building 24, 151 Boundary Road, Ooralea Campus, Mackay

11:00am

Welcome 
Councillor, Mackay Regional Council

11:10am

Boom and Beyond: facilitating development in a transitioning economy  
Teona Cousin, Manager Economic Development and Tourism, Mackay Regional Council

11:40am

Greater Whitsunday Alliance: regional update  
Garry Scanlan, Chief Executive Officer, Greater Whitsunday Alliance (GW3)

Greater Whitsunday Alliance (GW3) is the lead independent body chartered to drive sustainable economic growth across the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday region. This presentation will provide an overview of the regional economic development activities and projects currently underway within the Greater Whitsunday Region.

12:00pm

Getting our METS Sector to Buy into Innovation, Collaboration and Diversification  
Adrienne Rourke, General Manager, Resource Industry Network (RIN)

The challenges within the resource industry over the past few years have seen our regional Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector embrace innovation and best-practice management to lift productivity and reduce operating costs and diversify to new markets. This session will focus on how our peak industry association assisted businesses adapted to the new conditions, and are transforming the Mackay region into a thriving and innovative centre for METS excellence.

12:30pm

Lunch

1:30pm

Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday Food and Agri-Tourism Strategic Action Plan  
Patrick Ruettjes
, A/Regional Director, Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
Amanda Lavarack, Principal Economic Development Officer, Mackay Isaac Whitsunday Regional Office, Department of State Development,Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning

The 2015 Food and Agri-Tourism Strategic Action Plan was the first step in fostering a vibrant regional food culture within the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday region. This presentation will focus on the approach that was undertaken to engage the regional farming community and significant outcomes that have been achieved over the past three years.

1:50pm

Panel Discussion: Growing Greater Whitsunday  
Facilitator: Kim Kleidon

Panellist

  • Deb McLucas, President Greater Whitsunday Food Network (GWFN), Owner/Manager Freckle Farm.
  • Josie Angus, Signature Beef
  • Matt West, GM, Australian Prawn Farms
  • Carl Morton, National Operations Manager, BioEthanol and Sarina Region
  • Jamie Jurgens, Vee Jay’s Tomatoes

Diversification is key to Mackay’s ongoing sustainable economic growth. Hear how regional leaders in the agricultural industry are diversifying, value-adding and tackling environmental sustainability to ensure we have a productive and competitive agricultural economy reflective of changing global trends.

This will be an interactive question and answer session with regional industry champions.

3:00pm

Afternoon Tea

3:30pm

Developing our Regional Tourism Experience  
Howard Hayes, Trade and Investment Officer, Trade & Investment Queensland  
Tas Webber, General Manager, Mackay Tourism

This session will include two presentations:

  • Edu-Tourism Case Study – Japanese Horticultural Students Training Abroad Program
  • Diversifying Mackay Through Tourism

4:30pm

Closing and Depart for Welcome Drinks

Place-Based Solutions for Stronger Regional Communities and Economies: exploring the role of social infrastructure and collaborative practice

Monday, 22 October 2018, 9:00am - 4:40pm
8:45am - 9:15am

Registration
Building 5, Refectory, CQUniversity

9:15am - 9:30am

Welcome to Country, Welcome to Mackay, Welcome to SEGRA
Building 5, Refectory, CQUniversity

9:30am - 9:40am

People moving & settling time

9:40am - 9:45am

Call to Attention

9:45am - 9:55am

Welcome to the RSDC/SEGRA Community Forum  
Marie Cameron, President, RSDC

10:00am - 10:15am

Role of QCOSS in supporting Regional QLD communities  
Mark Henley, Chief Executive Officer, QCOSS
 

10:15am - 10:20am

MC Introduces Speaker

10:20am - 10:50am

Exploring Social Development Through Place-Based Approaches: the Cairns South collective impact project  
Dr Allan Dale, Professor of Tropical Regional Development, The Cairns Institute, James Cook University

10:50am - 10:55am

People to move into discussion groups

10:55am - 11:05am

Audience Discussion Groups

11:05am - 11:35am

How do we Build Social Infrastructure & Collaboration Well in Regional Communities?  
Facilitator: Bea Rogan, Community Planning Consultant  
Panellists:  
Dr Jen Cleary, Chief Executive Officer, Centacare & SEGRA National Steering Committee 
Dr Kim Houghton, General Manager, Policy and Research, Regional Australia Institute
 
Mark Henley, Chief Executive Officer, QCOSS
  
Dr Ann Ingamells, Senior Researcher, School of Human Services & Social Work, Griffith University

11:35am - 11:50am

Audience Contribution to Panel Question  
Facilitator: Bea Rogan, Community Planning Consultant

11:50am - 11:55am

People to move to spotlight venues

11:55am - 12:30pm

4 Spotlight Conversations

Spotlight 1: Housing as Social Infrastructure  
Jennifer Emmett, Chief Executive Officer, CONNECT Housing

Spotlight 2: Greater Whitsunday Council of Mayors (GWCOM) as Social Infrastructure  
Mayor Anne Baker, Mayor, Isaac Regional Council

Spotlight 3: Grass Roots Collaborative Action 
Amanda Edwards, Service Manager, Bowen Flexi Care Inc 

Cr Mike Brunker, Councillor, Whitsunday Regional Council

Spotlight 4: A Government Collaborative Response 
Dr Wayne Daly, Department of Community Services, Youth and Women, Mackay Office
  
Adrienne Barnett, Manager, MARABISDA Inc.

12:30pm - 12:35pm

People to move back to main venue

12:35pm - 12:45pm

Summarising the Morning  
Facilitator: Bea Rogan, Community Planning Consultant

12:45pm - 1:30pm

Lunch

1:30pm - 1:40pm

Welcome to the Community Forum Afternoon  
Marie Cameron, President, RSDC

1:40pm - 1:50pm

Exploring Collaborative Practice in a Regional Context & Relevance to Social Infrastructure  
Mark Henley, Chief Executive Officer, QCOSS

1:50pm - 2:25pm

Responses to Spotlight Conversations  
Dr Jen Cleary, Chief Executive Officer, Centacare & SEGRA National Steering Committee  
Dr Kim Houghton, General Manager, Policy and Research, Regional Australia Institute
 
Belinda Drew, Chief Executive Officer, Community Services Industry Alliance
 
Mayor Anne Baker, Mayor, Isaac Regional Council

2:25pm - 2:45pm

Audience Contribution to Panel Discussion  
Bea Rogan, Community Planning Consultant

2:45pm - 3:05pm

The Interconnectedness of the Social and the Economic  
Dr Allan Dale, Professor of Tropical Regional Development, The Cairns Institute, James Cook University

3:05pm - 3:15pm

Q & A  
Dr Allan Dale, Professor of Tropical Regional Development, The Cairns Institute, James Cook University

3:15pm - 4:15pm

What are the Important Steps in WIM Region to Succeed with Place-Based Solutions?  
Facilitator: Bea Rogan, Community Planning Consultant

4:15pm - 4:30pm

Summary of the Afternoon Session  
Marie Cameron, President, RSDC
  
Bea Rogan, Community Planning Consultant

4:30pm - 4:40pm

Thank you and Close  
Marie Cameron, President, RSDC

4:45pm

Networking

5:00pm - 6:30pm

SEGRA Welcome Drinks, CQU Ooralea Campus

Building Regional Startups & Innovation Ecosystems

Monday, 22 October 2018, 9:00am - 4:30pm
8:45am - 9:15am

Registration
Building 5, Refectory - CQUniversity

9:15am - 9:30am

Welcome to Country, Welcome to Mackay, Welcome to SEGRA 
Building 5, Refectory, CQUniversity

9:30am - 9:45am

Welcome and Setting the Scene
Chad Renando, Founder and Managing Director, Startup Status

9:45am - 11:00am

Morning Session - Best There Is

- Why Now, Why the Urgency  
Troy Haines, Founder and Managing Director, theSPACE 
- Winning in Regional Australia: what you need to develop startup ecosystems in regional Australia  
Monica Wulff, Co-Founder, Startup Muster
- Working at tables/workshop

    11:00am - 11:20am

    Morning Tea

    11:20am - 12:50pm

    Morning Session - What is the Best it Could be  

    Speaker  
    Prof Mark Morrison
    , Program Lead, CenWest Innovate, Charles Sturt University  
    Speaker  
    Fiona Barden, Business Development Coordinator, Industry and Destination Development, Coffs Harbour City Council  
    - Working at tables/workshop

      12:50pm - 1:20pm

      Lunch

      1:20pm - 2:50pm

      Afternoon Panels - Who is Involved, Stakeholders

      Panel 1 - Ecosystem Drivers  
      - Jarryd Townson, Split Spaces  
      - Troy Haines, Founder and Managing Director, theSPACE  
      - Jenny Perks, Co-Founder & Director, Upstart  
      - Lynda Ford, Chief Executive Officer, Enterprising Partnerships

      Panel 2 - Government/University  
      - Cr Amanda Camm, Deputy Mayor, Mackay Regional Council  
      - Simon Horne, Angel Investor, Brisbane Angels  
      - Prof Mark Morrison, Program Lead, CenWest Innovate, Charles Sturt University  
      Mark Phillips, AusIndustry, Incubator Support Initiative

      Working at tables/workshop

      2:50pm - 3:10pm

      Afternoon Tea

      3:10pm - 4:30pm

      Afternoon Session - So What Needs to Happen  
      - Chad Renando, Founder and Managing Director, Startup Status  
      - Troy Haines, Founder and Managing Director, theSPACE  
      - Working at tables/workshop

      4:30pm

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