2008 St. George Bank State of the Region Summit Sunshine Coast

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  • Location: University of the Sunshine Coast, Not Assigned 0000 Queensland

Big Region ... Big Plans?

The new amalgamated Sunshine Coast region is the fourth largest regional local government in Queensland, and one of the largest in Australia. With a population of 300,000 expected to grow to 500,000 by 2026, the Sunshine Coast needs big plans to ensure its success, preserve its unique features, expand its business opportunities, and diversify its economy.
Join the new Mayor of Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Cr Bob Abbott, at this gathering of influential business, government and community leaders at the 2008 St. George Bank State of the Region Summit and:

Hear the highly respected commissioned researchers share the latest research and analysis of international, national and regional trends affecting business, the community and the environment;

Exchange views with expert speakers and panels on how the Sunshine Coast region can move to a future beyond merely 'keeping up';

Help identify and plan three new regional strategies that need to be implemented by 2011.

2008 St. George Bank State of the Region Summit Sunshine Coast
Thursday 6 November 2008 
at the University of the Sunshine Coast
Big Region ... Big Plans?

To register your interest contact:
State of the Region Summit Secretariat by:
phoning: 07/3366 6914 or
emailing: info@stateoftheregion.com.au 

Big Region ... Big Plans?
University of the Sunshine Coast - Lecture Theatre 7 - Thursday 6th November, 2008

           MC: David Gration (USC)

Registration and Tea/Coffee on Arrival (Building C - Courtyard)

Session 1  

Professor Paul Thomas - Vice Chancellor, USC

"The big year that was" (video presentation of key Sunshine Coast events during the last 12 months)

KEYNOTE: Alison Taylor
(Principal Demographer, Planning Information and Forecasting Unit, Qld Department of Infrastructure and Planning)
"Big demographic changes" Major trends in the who, what, why, where and when of the Sunshine Coast region

KEYNOTE: Besa Deda
(A/Chief Economist and Senior Market Strategist, St.George Bank)
"Big economic trends" Big picture economic forecasts and how they may impact on the Sunshine Coast

Morning Tea ( Building C - Courtyard)

Session 2  
KEYNOTE: Sunshine Coast Business Council and St.George Bank Report
(Dr Meredith Lawley & Lucy Cradduck, USC)
"Big New Ideas" New ideas for the Sunshine Coast Region from key organisations and individuals

Munro Thompson Sunshine Coast Region Business Report
(Simon Pomfret, Director of IRIS)
Overview of SC business trends with updated analysis on key emerging topic

"Does size matter on the Sunshine Coast"
Facilitator: Terry Bethke (Principal, Munro Thompson Lawyers)

Lunch (Function Room)

Session 3  
KEYNOTE: Hon Anna Bligh MP, Premier of Queensland (to be confirmed)

PB Sunshine Coast Sustainability Report
(to be advised)
"Designed to last" Sustainability indicators for the Sunshine Coast

INVESTA Sunshine Coast Infrastructure Report
(Dr Geoff Cockfield, USQ)
"Getting ahead or falling behind?" Identifying critical infrastructure issues, timeframes and the consequences of getting them wrong

Afternoon Tea (Building C - Courtyard)

Session 4  
The Sunshine Coast Summit Hypothetical

"How big can't we go?"
Join the Sunshine Coast Mayor, Bob Abbot, and senior representatives of the business and community sectors for a truly BIG hypothetical that will challenge your vision of the Sunshine Coast

The Vote (delegates get their say)

SUMMIT ROUND-UP: Moving forward - future action agendas and key messages for the State of the Region Communiqué
Dr Scott Prasser


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University of the Sunshine Coast, Not Assigned

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