Geraldton Regional Outlook Conference

26 August 2015

Geraldton Master Builders Association Training Centre
4 Walton Close
Geraldton, WA


8.30 am Registration

The business of agriculture – producing for profit

CHAIR Joanna Prendergast, ABC Rural

9.00 am Welcome to Country

Senator the Hon. David Johnston
Senator for Western Australia
Opening address 

9.30 am Jammie Penm, ABARES National and international issues affecting the region
9.50 am Chris Moore, Westpac Agribusiness - Accessing capital for the Asian opportunity

10.10 am Questions and discussion
10.30 am Morning tea

Big picture – productivity and innovation

CHAIR Pamela I’Anson, Department of Agriculture and Food WA

11.00 AM Peter Collins, ABARES Commodity outlook for Western Australia
11.20 AM David Fienberg, Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre - Where next for producers growing the grains industry?
11.40 AM Sue Middleton, National Landcare Advisory Committee - What future for West Australian agriculture?
12.00 PM Mike Bergin, Bureau of Meteorology - When the past is no longer the best guide

12.20 PM Questions and discussion
12.40 PM Lunch

Adapting to changing business environments

CHAIR Jill Wilson, Northern Agricultural Catchments Council WA

2.00 PM Kate Mason, Katie-Joy’s Free Range Eggs/Nuffield Australia - Crowing about eggs – let’s talk with consumers
2.20 PM Robert Curtotti, ABARES - Outlook for commercial fisheries and aquaculture
2.40 PM Wayne Dredge, Piscari Industries/Nuffield Australia - Australian fisheries – capitalising on a good thing
3.00 PM Cameron Weeks, Planfarm - What the best broadacre farmers do better than the rest

3.20 PM Questions and discussion
3.40 PM Close and afternoon tea

Registration is complimentary for all delegates, however pre-event registration is essential
Complete the registration form in the pdf program available on this page.

Registration includes:

  • conference entry​​
  • access to ABARES recent publications
  • morning and afternoon tea and lunch
  • delegate directory
  • profile data – about my region
  • networking opportunities.