Sunday, August 21st, 2011

The future of the Gascoyne and the big ideas that will shape the region over the next 20 years will be the focus of the Community 2030 (C2030) Carnarvon Conference next month.

Business leaders and innovators, from both the region and across Australia, will be in Carnarvon on Thursday, 15 September to shine a light on the important economic, social and cultural opportunities in the region.

A key outcome from the conference will be to establish a list of 10 priority projects for the Gascoyne Region.

Themed 'Imagine the Possibilities', the interactive one day event is a partnership with the Shire of Carnarvon and is part of LandCorp's C2030 initiative to inspire debate in the Western Australian community about planning for the State's future.

Carnarvon Shire President Dudley Maslen said a series of floods that devastated Carnarvon last summer was a catalyst for the Shire to put the spotlight on the region’s future planning and development.

He said the C2030 Carnarvon Conference would support the implementation of the State Government's Gascoyne Revitalisation Plan and the Shire of Carnarvon's strategic planning process.

"The conference will bring a high level of thinking, generate innovative ideas and highlight economic, social and cultural opportunities for the town and the region," Mr Maslen said.

"With this concerted effort, we can join forces to help strengthen this region and increase its contribution to the State's economic prosperity."

Mr Maslen said he was looking forward to partnering with LandCorp to generate community discussion about long-term goals for the future of the Gascoyne.

"We have faced some big challenges in recent times and the C2030 Carnarvon Conference will allow us to focus our ideas and identify further opportunities to make the Gascoyne region an even better place to work and live," he said.

Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls will attend the conference and share his vision for the region with delegates.

Keynote speakers will include Carnarvon-born writer and social commentator, Shelley Gare, and the winner of the 2010 Australian Regional Tourism Network Young Regional Tourism Achiever award for his Bells Milk Bar and Museum in Broken Hill, Jason King.

More than 100 delegates are expected to attend including Gascoyne business owners, State and local government representatives, developers, industry experts, visionaries and community leaders.

"The conference will also raise the profile of major planned or potential projects in the region, and introduce investors and developers to these opportunities," Mr Maslen said.

In addition to the conference, there will be a Community Breakfast in the Carnarvon Civic Centre forecourt from 7.00am to 9.00am on the same day.

During the breakfast people will be invited to share their ideas inside the C2030 Portal – a futuristic booth fitted with a simple-to-operate camera to record people's thoughts and ideas about how they think Carnarvon will look in the year 2030 and beyond.

People can also join in the discussion about the region's future online by visiting the C2030 website:

For more information on how to register for C2030 Carnarvon visit:

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Jason King, Shelley Gare, C2030 Portal, Shire of Carnarvon logo

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